i bought this piece of woolen fabric because i wanted to make lil j a jacket. so i started to google and read all about making a suit/jacket. then the reading get too tough (there were all sort of jargons and i was too impatient really)… and i decided to purchase a pattern from here.
unfortunately, the pattern was not up to my expectation 😦 i wanted to make a professional looking proper suit but this pattern doesn’t come with a front facing and back neck facing, just front and back lining. also, i wanted to bag the jacket lining and eliminate hand sewing but this was not the case with the pattern. by then, i was slightly distraught but still adamant about wanting things my way! so i diverted a little (to allow for ahem! more research time) and made a trench coat for lil k instead, with the same fabric of course.
i drafted the pattern from scratch, drawing inspirations from various kids clothing designs but keeping it simple so as not to make too much mistake, and enjoyed my first attempt on woolen fabric. even added some handmade piping and little pleats for details.
i did not line this jacket, so i hand sewn the hem and decided that the jacket for lil j HAS TO BE LINED.
and then i started working on lil j’s jacket. with extensive “research” plus staring countless times at hubz’s suits, I finally put the scissors to the fabric. along the way, those jargons and online tutorials eventually made sense 😉
i must say the instructions for the welt pocket from the original pattern i purchased was very clear. i’ve attempted the welt pocket before but wasn’t very successful so this was a major improvement. the tedious part was cutting the fabric to ensure the pocket pieces pattern matched the jacket shelf.
so now, my lil j and lil k have a matching, sibling jackets. even the buttons are matched!
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17