For the main part of the jacket, it is recommended you use a heavyweight woven fabric. For my tester version, I used wool that my MIL gave me on our last visit. The collar, sleeves, and welts were made using leftover rib knit from when I (unsuccessfully) attempted to make a t-shirt long, long ago.
I really like this test version. I think the colors go really well with denim, too. Gotta love little kids wearing jeans. She's wearing the Morocco Pants I posted here.
Another thing I love about this pattern is how you can upcycle your knits for the sleeves and the collar. For my next version, I used an old velour skirt that I had worn as a child for the sleeves. It seemed to go pretty well with the cute canvas "shoes" print fabric, which I bought locally here in Tokyo. I had originally intended to use the fabric for a kindergarten "indoor shoes bag" for my older daughter, but it was calling out to be made into this jacket, ha ha. Don't worry, I made some cute "Frozen" themed bags for my daughter instead.
Her: "Mommy, I'm so COLD! I need a jacket!"
Me: "It's the middle of summer. You don't need anything. I make you so many clothes as it is."
Her: "But if you turn on the air, it might be cold, and I need a jacket! Please?"
Well, she got her wish. I know. I'm such a sucker.
I purchased all of the fabrics for this jacket from Miss Matatabi (I'm not affiliated with the shop - I just love it and her customer service is second to none). The main fabric for the jacket (sadly no longer available) is a cute canvas fabric with metallic gold accents. The terry knit that I used for the collar is also metallic (I don't think it's in stock, but this is similar). If I'd thought about it, I might have used it for the sleeves as well, but I'd already sewn the sleeves with a pretty pink quilted knit (I don't see the color I bought, but there is a similar pink here) before I cut the collar.
I let my daughter choose the zipper, since she usually likes to choose the buttons for her outfits and there were no buttons this time. The colors are kind of all over the place, but I like to think they are all in the same color family, ha ha.
|Rest assured I sewed the welts in correctly this time!|
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