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.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

The jacket is a big hit and fits well with room for layers underneath. And yes, this is what April looks like in Montreal.

It’s a lined, zip-front, hooded jacket. You can make a version with a cinched waist, but I like this version better.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

I’m pretty happy with the results.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

I used bright turquoise quilting cotton for the lining.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

Requisite action shot.

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.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

I did all the top stitching in turquoise to make it a bit more fun. And I used the biggest zipper I could find – easier for little hands.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

The sleeves ended up a bit long, but I kind of like the folded over look.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

A better look at the cuff.

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 Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

And photo session over!

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.

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

Little sister decided to try on the jacket when no one was looking.

Summary

Pattern Review: Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance & Elephants.

Fabric: Navy twill (100% cotton) for the outer fabric and Ziggy in Aqua from Timeless Treasures for the lining.

Size: 4/5.

Sewing Level: Average.

Modifications: None.

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.

3 Responses to Spring Showers

  1. Lysa says:

    Wow, such a cute jacket! I wish it came in my size.
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  2. Francine Benoit says:

    Really cute and well done. I should think to make these kind of things for my grand-children. Thanks Shannon for all these great ideas.

  3. I really like this pattern. I especially love the hood. Great job!
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