Well, it’s not quite spring here, but mother nature is working on it. So this pattern came along just in time. It’s the Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance & Elephants (yay! Canadian content!) and I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester.
It’s a lined, zip-front, hooded jacket. You can make a version with a cinched waist, but I like this version better.
I was going to make a waterproof/water-resistant version, but the one day I could get to the fabric store…. snow storm! So I shopped my stash instead. I used a (hard to photograph) navy, 100 per cent cotton twill for the outer fabric and quilting cotton for the inner fabric. I thought about using lining fabric on the sleeves, to make them easier to slide on and off. Montreal may be Hoth in the winter, but it’s Tatooine in the summer. Cotton breathes better, so this will be a better summer jacket this way.
I made the size 4/5 for Kid No 2. Usually he wears a size 5, and the fit of the jacket was just right. Room to move and grow and layer over whatever he’s wearing.
The pattern is really cute and practical, and I’ve already had a couple requests for more from Kid No 1 and Kid No 3.
Fabric: Navy twill (100% cotton) for the outer fabric and Ziggy in Aqua from Timeless Treasures for the lining.
Sewing Level: Average.
Results: Great. I hope to make this again. Next time I’d like to add snaps to the pockets and a zipper flap to the outside.
Shannon is a Canadian sewing, quilting and stitching blogger living in Montreal. Also mother of four.
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