A New Spring Jacket

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).

haileys ruffled up jacket pattern

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?

spring jacket pattern

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.

haileys Ruffle Jacket peek a boo patterns

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.

haileys Ruffle Jacket peek a boo patternsI made up a 3T so room for growth, but close to appropriate. The closure allows for “do it myself” dressing.

haileys Ruffle Jacket peek a boo patternsLet 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,

Happy Sewing,



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  • Ajaire March 10, 2014, 7:38 am

    I love that your brains think so differently. It makes for a great team! I with you Donna, I like to cut things out and then sew them later. I almost always have a few things cut out by my machine for the chance to sew. Sometimes the cutting can feel like the most laborious portion of the whole project so it’s nice to get it out of the way 🙂
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  • Amy mayen March 10, 2014, 11:37 am

    I do the same thing, cut and sew in blocks. I just have no attention span. I do a lot of sewing while Bella is in school, so there’s no rhyme or reason to it. I take a sewing break in etween each major step too. Come to think of it, that’s how I do everything…I can’t even sit through a whole movie! LOVE your jacket, glad you pushed through it. That corduroy is fabulous!
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  • Jenya March 11, 2014, 4:57 am

    I usually print/cut/trace on one days, the start sewing the next… unless I am in the zone, and then there is no stopping me! But then I remember why I keep on telling myself to not do it again – after getting only 4 hours of sleep hahaha The jacket is gorgeous, and I love the ruffle!
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  • Cindy March 12, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I completely feel for you on your difficulties with sewing this up. Some days, it seems like nothing goes the way it’s supposed to. The jacket is adorable!
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  • Kristina & Millie March 20, 2014, 7:56 pm

    So pretty! And the jacket too 🙂 Don’t you love when the model won’t cooperate! I think this is beyond my beginner sewing skills but one day I will be able to make one! thanks for linking to us!
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