All right, the rumors are true. Dressing little girls is fun.
It’s especially fun when you have access to ridiculously cute clothing patterns.
I was lucky enough to get to test the Hailey Ruffled Up Jacket for Peek A Boo Pattern’s fall line last week. It’s a great little jacket with fantastic details. It has a double row of ruffles all around the outer exposed edges of the jacket front and collar, hidden fasteners, and even in-seam pockets. Oh, and it’s fully lined.
I used an uncut corduroy from JoAnn (this season, their regular stock) for the outer and this super awesome cotton voile from a local (sort of, in the “big city” 30 miles away) fabric shop, Yellow Bird Fabrics, for the lining. I had another fabric picked out for the lining, but was using this bird print for a top for me. When I saw the corduroy with the voile, I knew it was meant to be. Good thing I always overbuy and had enough for both projects, and then some. I used resin snaps for the fasteners, making sure to use a good interfacing behind that area of the voile.
Because of the fun details, the jacket is a bit more technical than a beginner pattern. But Amy’s instructions are clear and walk through things nicely. I was sewing a Burda pattern at the same time for myself, and couldn’t help contrast the super lacking instructions with the “big name” pattern vs. the detailed steps of the Peek A Boo pattern. I really think, even if you’re not an experienced sewist, as long as you take things slow, it’s a good pattern to try out some fun new techniques like set-in sleeves, lining and pockets. The end result is totally worth the extra effort.
And what little girl couldn’t use a sweet new jacket for fall?