A Jacket for Alice

 

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I finished Alice’s jacket just in time for our first lake effect snowstorm since moving here. We got a good 21 inches and have some very impressive snowdrifts. Now, don’t worry…Alice also has a good LLBean snowsuit that is warm and waterproof and all that, but I felt like her wardrobe could benefit from a more dressy coat.  I made this completely out of bits  of things I had lying around, from a pattern I already had.

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I used the reversible jacket from the Lullaby Layette pattern by Oliver+S, found here. I had previously made the pants from this pattern and they turned out enormous, but I decided to make the 12-18 month size anyway, since I was using heftier fabric than called for and because I wanted Alice to be able to wear a couple layers underneath it. It turned out perfect- I’m glad I didn’t cut it smaller. The jacket is cleverly constructed- you make two raglan-sleeved jackets, sew them together at the cuffs and then bind the two jackets together with bias tape. I finished mine with two hidden snaps and two decorative buttons. I had planned on bound buttonholes, but it was decided that when dressing a squirmy toddler who does not like outerwear, snaps are where it’s at.

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I used leftover herringbone wool that I used to make a skirt for myself several years ago, and I lined it with fleece leftover from a blanket for Charley. The sleeves I lined with purple Bemberg leftover from lining a dress, and the pearl buttons are from Philip’s Great-Aunt’s button jar. The ric rac and bias tape were fished out from a big bag of vintage trims my mother gave me last winter.

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Of all of my hobbies, I find sewing the hardest to find time for. I don’t like to sew after dark and I prefer to have long stretches of time to focus when I’m sewing. I cut this out and stitched it together during a few naptimes and afternoons when Philip was home. It reminded me how much I enjoy sewing, and that even if I don’t have luxurious free afternoons to sew anymore I should squeeze it in more often when I’m able. I love knitting, but I find sewing uniquely satisfying. Something about fitting all those puzzle pieces together and finishing things perfectly…

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p.s. Alice’s hat is from the same free pattern I used here, and her scarf is another free pattern that I found here. Both patterns are such fun and I highly recommend them! Alice’s lovely mittens were made by her Nana.

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “A Jacket for Alice

  1. Love the jacket! I feel similarly about sewing – and cannot sew in the evening. I have yards of ric-rac and trim from hand-me down sewing boxes – which I will use one day!

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  2. Your Nana Barter would be so proud of you. She loved making adorable clothes for her girls to wear, not to mention her dolls. Alice is a bit of both and you clearly have a great deal of Nana in you. Love to all

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