Jude Jacket / Self-drafted »
InstructionsThe original coat pattern contains sparse instructions, and is available in sizes 6 months to 5 years. I think it is an excellent pattern for a Beginner - provided the beginner has some help.
I made several changes involving a few more intermediate techniques. First, I drafted up to a size 8/10 for my son. I designed and installed double-welt pockets with a flap and added a front ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Whimsical, Military, Cute, Classic, Eco-Friendly, Mod
1 yard 100% melton wool, 1/8 yard green corduroy, 1/8 yard green and ivory mini-houndstooth, 1/8 yard interfacing, blue cotton lawn scraps, 11 thrifted buttons, two kinds of thread
What was your inspiration?
I love working with wool, and I had some delicious melton wool sitting on the shelf a while. I've always liked my son in blue, because he's an impish blonde. I wanted a simple but sturdy jacket that would have details he's love! Namely, his own initial and some good pockets.
What are you most proud of?
I love that I envisioned the work, and it turned out exactly how I wanted it. I'm also proud I graded up effectively from a 5T to a 8/10.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
A jacket or coat is best served with a front facing, not a simple turn-under hem. This is easy enough, but you need to ask a more advanced stitcher how to do it.
The pattern does not indicate seam allowances. I assumed 3/8".
Sewing in a poly fleece (with some stabilizing materials for the crest and perhaps the buttonholes), or any non-ravelling fabric, will give fast and lovely results.
The advantages of bound buttonholes are not only that they look and wear fabulous, but you do them first, and in the flat. Sewing the facings later is a great way to practice a sturdy handstitch.