I have had this post half done for over a week now and have been procrastinating like crazy instead of just finishing it. And these projects have been finished for even longer than that! Anyways, I recently got the chance to sew up a couple of jackets for the kids using a couple patterns from Shwin and Shwin, the Desmond and the Jude jacket.
First up is the Desmond. I am in love with Daxton’s new jacket! For his jacket I used a fine wale gray corduroy that I lined with flannel to make it a bit warmer. I sewed up the 2T hoping that it would fit with some room to grow. The fit is the one thing that I am not super happy with. I find it to be a bit boxy and the next time I sew up the pattern I will pick a smaller body size but use the longer length to make it a bit more slim fitting.
This pattern has some great details that elevate the pattern and result in a very professional looking finished product. The jacket is fully lined so the inside is just as neat as the outside and is a great way to add a little bit of personalization. Don’t you just love this car flannel from Riley Blake Designs for a boy?!
The jacket also features welt pockets and sleeve cuffs. This was my second time sewing welt pockets and I am super happy with how they turned out.
And although it is a bit difficult to see in this photo I think my favourite detail is the back yoke and button tab. Overall I am just super happy with how this project turned out!
Next up is the Jude jacket for Finnley. I am going to be honest and say that I really am not happy with how this jacket turned out. It is not fault of the pattern (take a look at the pattern pictures and you will see that the jacket is adorable), but rather some poor fabric choices and picking a size that is just too big for Finnley. I am not sure why I decided to pick this shade of fleece for the jacket, especially for Finnley who would live in pink if given the choice, and I wish I had picked something a bit more feminine. And why did I pick a contrast fabric with a black background? Oh well, they can’t all be winners!
The pattern does have a few details that I love, such as the collar.
And the button tabs on the sleeves.
Will just have to give this jacket another try is some different fabric and see how it turns out!