Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fleece Jacket: A Guest Review

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Today we have a guest review, by Rachel a mother of 7 (with 2 sets of twins!!!!). She's here to share her thoughts on the Happy Camper Jacket and share her amazing creation for her son.
Hi, my name is Rachel. I'm a stay at home mother of seven, two sets of twins! I have 6 sons and one daughter. I have sewn all of my life and love to make things for my children. The biggest problem I run into is finding patterns suitable for my teenage boys. I made this jacket for my 12 year old son. I decided to make it in his school colors and added his name embroidered to his chest. It's a great feeling to make something that they are proud to wear, even in public, lol.
I mainly sew clothing and items for my family and as gifts, though I do sell memory quilts through word of mouth and my Facebook page, quiltsbyrachel. I hope to become a more true, focused business when my youngest set of twins enters kindergarten.

by Peek-a-Boo Patterns (affiliate)

Sizes--6 month to 12 years

Special Materials--a light weight fabric (sport nylon or such) and a fleece or micro fleece, a reversible separating zipper

Skill Level--Advanced Beginner

 How did you choose the pattern--I did a pattern test for the release of the pattern.
Did you deviate from the pattern--Yes, I increased the size of the pockets and added embroidery.

 The Good--It is a well written pattern with easy to follow directions. The jacket is great for boys or girls, and the style is classic.
The Bad--Working with sport nylon (non stretch and slippery) combined with micro fleece (very stretchy) was difficult. Need to go very slow to ensure everything lines up.
The Ugly--Not much! I only found the pockets to be a little small, the rest was pretty awesome!

Overall pattern rating: 4 Bolts

Thank you Rachel for sharing this review of the Happy Camper Jacket.  It looks like a great pattern!


  1. Such a great jacket! that's pretty tough to find patterns for tween boys!

  2. Looks very sharp. Looks like a great classic pattern.

  3. The jacket looks fabulous! It reminds me of the Columbia Sportswear fleece jackets. Perfect for a 12 year old boy.

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  5. Such a helpful post, I'm looking for a new leather jacket so I'm definitely going to think about these points when browsing. Love your post. I am a big fan of leather jackets. Thank you for sharing. Dean Ambrose Leather Jacket


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