I have really enjoyed sewing along with Project Run and Play. It has motivated me to sew things I normally wouldn’t, but that I LOVE. I think I see more kids sewing in the future. I figure if I take pics of them all the time they will get better at standing still, right??? Anyway, this week was no exception, the theme is outerwear and I am in love with what I made. There was a purple damask home dec fabric that I have been eyeing for a while, but for 20 dollars a yard it wasn’t going to happen. Well for the outerwear challenge what can I say I caved. The nice thing about sewing for kids is that you don’t need as much yardage. A jacket for me would take about 2-3 yards, for my tiny 7 year old I only needed one yard. So armed with my half off coupon I bought my one yard for 10 dollars and some cream fur to make a hat and muff out of. I used some fabric I already had from my mom about a million years ago, and some buttons I got off a jacket on dollar day at the thrift store. This is what I came up with.
PRaP has also challenged my pattern drafting skills. I really enjoy making my own patterns, and doing it for kids is very forgiving. Not as many curves to fit as us moms, or really old kids as I like to think of myself, or act, sometimes.
I decided to use pleats instead of just gathering the skirt. There are pleats at the top of the sleeves, but I of course forgot to take pictures of them :(.
A view of the front pleats.
I figure if you are going to all the work of making a lined jacket you may as well make the lining cute, I thought the aqua polka dots were a nice whimsical contrast with the purple damask. The hat and muff were soooo easy to make. I made the flower on the hat by cutting randomly shaped petals out of a purple polyester then melting the edges, you can’t see it, but there is a large crystal button in the middle, I really need to get better at the whole picture taking thing.
I love this jacket, and the hat and muff. I wish they were mine! But she really loves them so that makes me really happy too 🙂