Ladies who have rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for their children. As our kids are growing up, they are not yet physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns. So we are in search of fun, functional, and fashionable pre-teen patterns to share with you. Our primary goal is to assist in making sewing for tweens a fun experience for the sewer and the model!
This was a fun pattern that I got to test and then I got asked to be part of the pattern tour as well. I've made this pattern 3 times now (other versions HERE and HERE) and each time I'm impressed with how well this pattern is written and how easy they are to follow (My initial review, which I still stand by is HERE).
As for this version, I titled it Moto meets Black and White Elegance.
Sophia decided on the color scheme...not what I had in mind when I signed up for the blog tour, but that what's you get when you sew for tweens. My vision is not her vision and this is her.
I have to say though, I really like how this one turned out and how classy it looks. The chunky gold zipper was the perfect touch.
Once again, I used home decor fabric for the body, knit ribbing for the sleeves/collar/welts and this time I used actual lining fabric for the lining (all from JoAnn's...I really need to find more fabric shops here in St. Louis). She wanted to keep it simple. I tried to talk her into adding more gold or a pop of color, but she was adamant. And you know when you sew for tweens, you have to go with what they want or they won't wear it.
As for this version, it looks great with leggings, jeans and even a nice twirly black skirt. It's a pretty versatile jacket. Great for layering or wearing as a heavy layer on cooler days.
The jacket itself is fully lined, with great instructions on how to finish the sleeves with a binding. This is where I added a tiny pop of color...teal with gold dots. She was okay with that.
There are a ton of different ways you could personalize this jacket...hidden pocket in the lining, fun pop of color for the lining, the pocket pouches a fun print...there's just so much you could do (especially if you didn't have an opinionated tween:)
If I could ever get my hands on some leather, I would love to use it for this pattern...especially now that I really know how to put it together.
I think she prefers to leave it unzipped a little, but with that gold zipper, I think it looks pretty trendy zipped all the way up.
And here she is trying for her best Audrey Hepburn look...