I picked up a fun piece of fleece this winter on super sale at the fabric store. I love it because it has all of my favorite bright colors. The turquoise flannel added just enough zip to the dark background on the fleece. Originally, I had intended on quilting the fleece using the flannel as the backing, then cutting the jacket pieces and sewing the whole thing together. Well, “the best laid plans” as the saying goes. I had done something similar when my children were small using all cotton. It seemed like this would work and be all that much warmer. Well in the end the fleece and the flannel are separate, but I think it will still provide the warmth needed for the chilly midwest springs as well as the fall season.
Adding a Lining to an Unlined Pattern
I started with a simplicity pattern that I had on hand. This was an unlined coat with a collar. I knew that I needed to line it and I wanted it simple so it would be easy for a toddler to get in and out of. So I skipped the collar and added a lining.
I cut the fleece which would be the outer body of the jacket as the pattern called. The flannel lining I cut just slightly larger. May be 1/8 inch. These pattern companies call for 5//8 inch seams all around. This usually gets me in trouble, because in todays world no one sews with a 5/8 inch seam. I really tried to be good this time. Then I sewed the lining with a 1/4 inch seam, giving me a slightly larger lining than jacket.
By making your lining just a snitch larger than your jacket, it allows for better movement in the body. Matching right sides I pinned the outer edges and sewed all the way around, leaing an opening in the bottom for turning. I pulled the lining through and slipped the sleeves together. Turn under edges of sleeve and sleeve lining, top stich. Slip stitch the opening closed. Top stitch around if desired.
I added buttons and buttonholes because I knew little Miss M would wear this in the cooler weather and it would need to be closed up. If you are making a lighter version, you may only add a top button, or skip the lining all together. I love buttons and am always on the look out for something fun and brightly colored. I picked up all the colors of the fleece using four different colored buttons with a slightly different shape to each.
We are certainly ready for some spring here in the midwest. Last week we got 17 inches of snow. This week they are predicting 9 more inches. Sigh….it will take a while to melt that all, still April cannot be that far behind. Can it?