This project is so exciting – I’ve been thinking about it for ages and I’ve finally carved out a little bit of time to get it started. It’s a lovely little pattern that i downloaded some time ago from Etsy, a wonderful indie designer called Amelie Clothing. Check it out – there’s so many beautiful designs and they’re really grown up too, more little girl than toddler.
The design I’ve chosen is a flippy little swing coat, the perfect jacket for spring, and I reckon it’ll look pretty smart at my sister’s wedding in April (if I can persuade her to wear it).
The fabrics I’ve chosen have been in my basket for a while – and I’ve resolved not to buy and fabric for a while whilst I work on depleting my stash a bit (it’s a bit overwhelming), and besides, I originally downloaded this pattern with this wonderful white fabric in mind. It’s vintage – from a friend’s Gran’s attic or some such lovely origin. It’s so srange, almost houndstooth but I’ve no idea what it’s made of, and it’s got a strange meshed backing. Can anyone enlighten me?
The colours are white and very dark blue (which looks lighter in daylight), but I’m going to combine it with either some super chunky buttons or covered buttons.
As it’s a little bit thin, I’m also going to add a nice furry pink microfleece lining, also something I’ve had in my basket for a while, just searching for the right project It might be a little too thick, but I reasoned that if the main fabric was thicker (and the pattern’s designed for wool) it would come out pretty thick any way.
Most of the pattern pieces are made by cutting out pre-printed pieces, but the pockets, button loop and collar are made by drawing large rectangles onto paper and cutting them out. This is where having abig set-square really comes in handy!
I was a little worried about running out of fabric (I think it was under 2 metres but pretty wide), so you can see that I’ve taken care when cutting the pieces to use all the available space.
This pattern uses a 1/4″ seam allowance, which is pretty tight, and not one that I’ve used before. So to keep me on track I’ve taped a piece of washi tape to the machine, it really helps with lining up the fabric and keeping it straight.
And here is the jacket after the first stage
I love the pleat on the back, and I can’t wait to get the collar on so that I can get an idea of the shape of the jacket. I’ve left off the tabs on the arms as I think they’re a little fussy. Next stage is the pockets!
I’ll let you know how it turns out!