It’s time! With the beginning of daylight savings time on Sunday, can spring really be THAT far away? M has grown like a weed over the winter and will need a new light jacket. Spring in the Midwest is still chilly, so we opted for a mid weight fabric.
Last summer Rachel made up a Hailey Ruffled Up Jacket (affiliate) for her handmade clothing swap and was so happy with the style and the way it went together, she requested one for M. Here is the first version she sewed up (you can read about it here).
I had picked up a floral corduroy earlier in the fall that I had fallen in love with and had no idea what to do with. Never done that, right? I had a blue flannel in my stash that matched perfectly to use for the lining. We love Peek a Boo patterns. We have made enough of them that we know the sizing is right on, and the directions are generally easy to follow. Besides, Rachel had already made one up so what could go wrong?
I like to tape and trace my patterns and cut the fabric on one day and then set it aside to sew the next day. I have always been the kind of sewer that works in stages. I think it comes from having 4 small children and only having small blocks of time to work in.
The difference now is once I actually start sewing something, I can work until it is complete. Usually…..I had some difficulty with the jacket, through no fault of the designer. Some days you have a mental block and anything you do needs to be ripped and redone. Well that was the way the jacket started out.
After sewing the whole ruffle on upside down, I was ready to send it in pieces to Rachel for her to finish. I called her a couple of times to ask questions, because I just seemed to be very confused. What was even funnier is she was working on her own project, a pattern that I had sewn up quickly and easily earlier in the month. She was having nothing but trouble too. That day we decided that we were a perfect match, because our brains worked just a little differently.
While the jacket turned out beautiful in person, the model was a bit unwilling, and the pattern of the fabric tends to bury the details in the pictures. Hopefully you can get an idea of the look.
The tricky part! By far the most time consuming part of the project is the ruffle that runs around the top, bottom, and side of the jacket. Since this is a woven pattern the ruffle is cut all on the bias- and there are two layers- and it is long. In fact you will need to join up some strips with french seams to get them long enough. Be careful to pay attention to where they land when you place the ruffle. In this particular fabric they are very easy to hide, but here is a peak.
Let the thaw begin! If you would like to sew up your own Hailey Ruffled Up Jacket you can find the pattern HERE.(affliliate)
Stay tuned for Thursday’s post we have a fun giveaway coming up,