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Another Spring Showers Jacket

Sunday, April 27, 2014

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, 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!!

Elegance & Elephants

Coupon code: TOUR, will give you $1 off the price of this pattern for the rest of this week.
5 comments on "Another Spring Showers Jacket"
  1. I almost got this fabric but decided against it because I thought it might look baby-ish on my almost 4 yr old. But I love it on your boy and it looks so awesome that I wish I'd gotten it. Thank you so much for this pattern! I am already planning on making two more not because my kids need a gazillion rain coats but because it's such a fun sew!

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I thought it might be too babyish, too, but he picked it, so I went with it. I'm really glad I did. It really looks great on him and stands out in a crowd, for sure.

    2. How can you say no when he picks it out because he loves it? I would've done the same thing :) I have a question though. My other son is almost 2 but he's smaller, like he wears 12 month size small. Is there any way I can adjust the 2/3 size so it doesn't swallow him? I didn't know if a bigger seam allowance would help.

  2. This jacket design is beautiful, Heidi. I'd buy it! Better than retail for sure. :)

  3. I love that he picked the fabric... and I hope it'll fit by fall. I plan to make my little girl another one by then too, maybe i'll find a laminated by then... you know, although mine looked like it was, it really wasn't. It surely will fit her, but two is never enough... hehehe


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