October 13, 2012
I was able to try out the Annabelle Jacket from the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop:
If you have never used a PDF Pattern, you should give it a try. It's very similar to a blog post tutorial, but more details. Lots of pictures and instructions - a great way to try sewing a pattern.
I would say this pattern is great for an advanced beginner. So if you've sewn a few things, and want to try something a little past basic, this is for you. It's not that hard! A jacket seems like it might be tricky, but it wasn't.
I did a few things differently than the pattern called for.....
--I made the ruffle double-sided so that you could see the lining peeking out from the underside of the ruffle. I also added a little ribbon loop so she can hang up her jacket on a hook at school (it's a big deal - she has other jackets and won't take them to school because they won't hang up)
--Instead of having four working buttons, the two on the left are fake, sewn right on, and the two on the right are functional and hold the jacket closed:
I did have an incident where my preschooler, who I thought was cutting yarn to occupy his time, was really cutting away at the sash - doh! I just patched it up since the cut was in the back.
Peek-A-Boo Patterns has tons of patterns - shirts, dresses, jackets, and so much more - be sure to check them out! Everything was well explained and flowed well in the pattern.
Be sure to measure your child for the size chart - I didn't - I planned this jacket for my older daughter but my youngest daughter was delighted that it fit her better.
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