Today I'm joining Jennuine Designs' Moto Jacket Pattern Tour with my versions - three of them! I knew the pattern would make a great fall jacket for my girls, but it didn't come in baby sizes - so I shrank it!
I just love it on the baby. I think he likes it too.
(Psst. The jacket was designed to go "girls' style", right over left - but there are instructions at the very beginning to make it "boys' style" left over right, too! I got to do both!)
Despite Sam's face (on the right, there - she's two. Can you tell??) the jackets were very well received. Nap time was looming, but Sam is actually the one who best loves new clothes right now. Natalie is getting pickier about her fabrics and styles (at all of four!) but the jacket was approved, though I think she was wishing for her sister's horses! ;) I love the asymmetrical zip - besides looking cute, I like that it means there is a double panel over the chest. Since the jacket is fully lined, it's even warmer - even if you don't use super heavy fabrics, that's four layers right there!
Initially, the Moto Jacket pattern intimidated me - the separating zipper, intricate pieces, and blending different types of fabrics (the sleeves, collar, and cuffs are all knit, while the rest is woven or leather). But the pattern is so clear, with excellent instructions and beautiful illustrations! Sitting down with renewed focus, I finished the jackets with perfect timing - the weather just got chilly the past two days, allowing us to comfortably take a few photos outside!
I lined all three jackets with a lightweight cotton of unknown origin, from the thrift store. It has a nice soft feel to it, and I'm glad I managed to pick up almost 4 yards at a dollar a yard! It's going to go a long way in the kids' wardrobes. Other fabrics: Girl Charlee's stretch denim cotton spandex blends in denim/orange and denim/green; Premier Prints cotton duck (deer and arrows) and twill (horses) from fabric.com, here.
Jennuine Design has a giveaway on the blog, so make sure you enter and go see the rest of the participants - fall is nearly here, and it's the perfect time to sew your own Moto Jacket (it only takes a couple of hours, with amazing results!) Even better - it's 25% off right now in the shop with code MotoTour, along with all of Jennifer's other patterns!