Thursday, December 13, 2012

Completed: Springy Winter Jacket

There's been sewing going on around here. Really. Last weekend I finally finished Eliza's birthday dress that's been 9 months in the making. When I recover from the fact that it's a smocked bishop that ended up looking like a costume on the Flashdance set, maybe I'll share pictures.

Until then, here's a sewing success. Finally. I was starting to wonder if it was possible anymore. My sewing mojo has returned. Hallelujah.


This jacket is from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings.  It's the fourth pattern I've used from this book, and I have been thrilled with each and every one. The thing I love about Anna Maria Horner is the way her clothes are constructed. They go together so easily, and she explains the steps so well. The "Baby in the Hood" jacket is no exception.



It's lined with flannel, and I opted to add another layer of fleece for a little extra warmth. It's the 12/18 month size, which turned out a little smaller than I'd like. It fits perfectly now, but it won't for long.

I'll definitely be making another one.


All the fabric came from Joann's. It's your basic cotton and flannel. It's soft and warm. And pretty darn cute on the baby.


Much cuter than the off-the-shoulder bishop.

18 comments:

  1. Adorable! I love a springy, bright winter jacket! Winter is so dreary - cheery fabrics allowed! It's perfect! You need to come back to Memphis for some heirloom sewing chats. We can work on that bishop technique! Now you have to post pictures. I'm dying to see it. ;-)

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    1. I will post pictures. My mom thinks she'll be able to wear it in a few years. It's the blocking. I'm ready to redeem myself with another, though . . .

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    2. Do you have a blocking guide? I liked a paper one that I could pin to the ironing board and then pin the dress to it. I'll have to see if I can find it. I can mail it to you if you want. I don't think I'll be making any bishops until I have granddaughters! Once you see how the shape of it is supposed to be, you don't need the guide as much. The neck opening is much tinier than you would think! And actually her neck circumference won't change all that much in the next few years - esp considering how little E is! I made an 18 month sized bishop for Caroline that she wore until she was 3. You can fix your too wide neck opening. Take the neck binding off. Use a needle and thread to run a gathering stitch through each of the pleats at the top. And then draw it up tighter. Resew your (shorter) neck binding on. Seems like I had to do that once. Kind of a pain, but it might be worth it.

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    3. Emilee, I don't have a blocking guide. If you happen across it and get time, I would love to have it! My first mistake was removing ALL the pleating threads, including those at the top. I tried to gather it, but I used a machine basting stitch and it gathered unevenly. I'll try it again, this time taking your advice and doing it by hand to keep the pleats intact. It would definitely be worth it because if the circ. doesn't change much, she may never grow into this thing!

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    4. You can find a guide for blocking bishop dresses here: http://sewnso.blogspot.com/2010/09/smocked-bishop-lesson-2.html?m=1
      I followed Laurie's smocked bishop lessons and the dress turned out great! Another site with complete bishop lessons is Maggie B Smocks. She doesn't block the neckline. I tried her method and the dress came out great that way, too. http://maggiebsmocks.typepad.com/smocking/the-bishop-dress-from-start-to-finish.html

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    5. Those are great resources that I'll definitely utilize next time. Thank you!

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  2. Oh this is too sweet. Love the bright colors.

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  3. Love this jacket! The colors are sure to brighten any winter day! (Those are some of my favorite fabrics I've seen at Joanns lately)
    Thanks for stopping by on my blog!

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    1. I'm your newest subscriber and have been admiring your work for a while! Your submission to the open auditions was beautiful -- I hope you sew along again this season.

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  4. So adorable! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' We've also got an exciting giveaway going on now that includes a chance to win a BlendTec. Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  5. Lovely jacket. Color combo is really great.

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  6. So cute! I have been debating about getting that book but now you have convinced me that I need it! Great job!
    New follower from www.huckleberrylove.com. :)

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    1. Thanks, Lydia. I love this book. Her patterns are really easy to follow.

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  7. Hi. Your jacket is very cute. I found you through the AMH flickr site. I am doing this jacket right now in a 2T. I am an experienced sewist of 40 + years and I am struggling with this. I have finally gotten the jacket together, and now I have to put the two front pieces on for the buttons and loops. Any hints you remember from this? The directions are not as plain as I am used to. I have used many Oliver+s patterns with no problems. This pattern I bought is the All Set pattern which includes quick change trousers and a couple others. Could it be that it is different than the book?

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    1. Hi, Charlotte!

      The instructions may be different from the book -- I'm not sure. There are three or four illustrations in the book that walk you through these steps, but I do remember it being tricky.

      I found a sew-along that shows this step with pretty good pictures. This may make it easier to see.

      Here's the placket portion of the sew-along:
      http://onceuponbaby.blogspot.com/2010/11/sew-along-day-7.html?m=1

      Hope that helps!! Good luck!!

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