Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Imagine Jackets

I've had the Imagine Jacket (Shwin) pattern for what seems like forever! I have been desperate to make a boy and a girl version for my niece and nephew, but have really struggled to find suitable fabrics at a reasonable price. Finally, last month, when visiting my boyfriend's family on the south coast, we popped into FabricLand. I had seen the company's website and ummed and aahed about ordering some fabric; the prices seemed too good to be true and I didn't really want to spend money on fabric that turned out to be poor quality. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the fabric was good quality, but at a quarter of the price of most retailers.

So I purchased a linen-look 100% cotton in deep purple for my niece and a grey for my nephew. For the lining, I purchased cotton poplins in a bear print and and owl print.

There wasn't much choice of colours for the ribbing so I opted for black (cuffs get dirty quickly so black seemed sensible). For my nephew's jacket I added back colour-blocking to the shoulders and a chest pocket.

For my niece I made the gathered sleeves and added shoulder pads.

Both kids adore their jackets; they kept them on all day, indoors, when I asked them to try-on. The jackets are ready just in time for spring, but with enough growing room that I expect to see them again come autumn.