As I described to my five year old the jacket I planned to make him, explaining in detail the elbow patches and the pockets (he’s a big fan of pockets) he gasped and asked, “You mean like a harmonica jacket?!” Uh, maybe?
He received two harmonicas for his birthday earlier this month, and he’s frequently with one of them. I wasn’t aware that he was in need of a jacket to wear while playing them, but it does seem to work nicely for that purpose, so the Harmonica Jacket it is.
The jacket is full of little details. It’s a fully lined notch-collar jacket with double fish-eye darts in the front, two reverse safari pockets with flaps, faux-suede elbow patches, a back flap vent thing (technical term)
and a chest patch pocket that holds a standard sized harmonica perfectly.
I happened to have these buttons in my big jar of random notions and it’s possible I did a little dance when I found enough for the whole jacket.
If you have a little guy in your life in need of some harmonica-friendly accessorizing, you’re in luck. Assuming that little guy wears about a 5/6 jacket. I have the full pattern and instructions on PDF for you here:
Please keep in mind:
-I’m not a professional and the pattern reflects that. In fact, I thought about making a post about all the things that aren’t perfect: the sleeve length, the back flap vent is kinda funky, the collar is a little bigger and pointier than I’d like, and the pockets are too close to the button plackets. But overall, I still love it and so does my kid. And it’s free, so that’s what you get. Consider yourself warned. It’s the pattern and construction process I used and should get you the same look, assuming that’s what you’re going for. Or it can be used to help draft out your own ideas. I’m good with whatever.
-When printing the pattern, make sure to unclick the “auto-center” options, etc. I’ve included a one inch square marking for the first page of each constructed pattern piece for you to compare, to make sure it’s printing at the needed size.
And so now my son can match his bunny
Though really, he couldn’t care less about that, and actually told me he thinks his bunny “just looks weird” in the jacket. Oh, well. You can find the toy jacket pattern here if you feel differently.
And just for fun, here is my son in his former harmonica-playing attire
I know, like a tiny John Popper.
But when you’re five and look this good, a little noise is easy to forgive.