All the gorgeous Spring Showers Jackets the tour participants have made have been a huge inspiration for me to get busy finishing another one for my boy. He already has one, but I wanted to make him a slightly larger one with laminated cotton. As we browsed through the laminated cotton selection at fabric.com, he immediately chose this one, designed by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.
I made my almost 6 year old a size 4/5 with an inch added to the overall length and the sleeves. It fits him well, but I'm not sure if it will fit in fall, which I was hoping for. But that's ok, I'll get to make him another one, then if I need to!
This is the fourth Spring Showers Jacket I've made, but I experienced something different with this one. Due to the fact that this laminated cotton is thicker than the one I used previously, it had no 'give' at all, and I found that it didn't always line up well with my lining. This happened particularly with the hood to hood lining, and the sleeves. The nice thing about it, though, is it really didn't matter in the end, as it still resulted in a garment that looks exactly as it should.
Matching the pocket flaps to the pocket was an interesting challenge, searching through all the elephants to find exactly the right sequence. And then, I had to make sure it would line up once the seam allowances were sewn. Definitely worth the effort, though!
"Ok, Mom, photo shoot's done! I'm going to the playground!"
Still a few more stops on the tour, followed by the Kids' Choice series. It's going to be a fun week at E&E!!
Coupon code: TOUR, will give you $1 off the price of this pattern for the rest of this week.