Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fleece lined corduroy jacket

This is what I have been working on over the past week.

A fall jacket for my little guy!  It started its life as these two fabrics:

The fleece with the puppy paw prints was given to me by my mom when she was cleaning out her sewing room.  At first I didn't know exactly what I would do with it, but then I found this black wide wale corduroy at the fabric store near my job for $1/yard!  They were going out of business, and then they weren't, but apparently they are still trying to get rid of inventory because they keep putting fabrics in barrels out front for $1/yard.  So, probably the most expensive part of this jacket was the heavy duty snaps, which must have set me back $3 or $4 at Jo-ann's.

The pattern I used is the 2 in 1 Jacket pattern from Sewing for Boys (affiliate link).  Since I have two boys I get a lot of use out of this book.  It has a lot of good patterns for basics like pants, a raglan shirt, pullover sweatshirt, jacket and bucket hat, as well as some dressier items and non-clothing items.  The only change I made was to add a hood instead of a collar.  Below is a jacket I made for my older son from the unmodified pattern, so you can get a sense of what it looks like with the collar.  When he tried it on, he said, "Now I look like a real man!"

Because the jacket is fully lined, it could be reversible, assuming that you used reversible fasteners.  I don't intend to reverse the jacket, but I like that it is fully lined because it hides all the raw edges and also makes it really warm.

The other great thing about the jacket is the welt pockets.  I used the fleece for the interior of those as well to keep his little fingers nice and toasty.


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