Well hello dear friends! When my fellow Canadian Heidi from Elegance & Elephants asked whether I would be interested in sewing up her latest pattern, the Spring Showers Jacket, I didn’t hesitate for one second. YES!!! And then I got a little bit scared… a rain jacket??? Ok, now I am pushing things a bit aren’t I? Is it me or doesn’t that sound a tad complicated??? Turns out, it’s not! It’s actually brilliant and completely awesome!!!
Oh yeah, I did that, I did that! Spring Showers jacket all zipped up….
And below, open!
This pattern rocked! There was nothing complicated at all except choosing from the endless possibilities of fabric. Heidi guides you step by step to an impeccable garment, complete with great images (that’s always important for me… don’t you just hate when the main fabric and lining are almost identical? What’s up with that???).
And the finishing details are flawless… topstitching baby! See below!
Like others on the pattern tour before me, I decided to add two little snaps on each pocket. They’re actually only decorative as I chose not to hammer in the back part of the snaps. It’s not like Alix is going to put her wallet in there or something, haha! Besides, she’s sporting a cast lately and I didn’t think she needed the added complication of trying to open up capricious little button snaps.
As far as the fabric goes, I tried to think outside of the box and be über creative… and started off by using a plastic table cloth. I got as far as sewing the first arm hole when I decided to abandon ship. The tablecloth fabric was stiff and uncooperative and it seemed obvious that 10 second on my kid and it would be ripped to shreds.
So, a quick trip to my local Fabricland and I came back with some clear vinyl fabric (yes, I know, basically more table cloth material, haha!), along with some really soft upholstery fabric that I fell in love with. Bonus is that vinyl, unlike laminated cotton, is extremely cheap. I paid less that $5 CDN a metre.
Don’t you love how the big flowers on the outer fabric match the little blue flowers of the lining? Total coincidence my friends! In fact, I had already cut the lining to match with the original fabric (tablecloth!) I was intending on using… who knew it would turn out to be the perfect lining for fabric #2!
The main fabric is a screen print by Mill Street Fabrics (sorry, couldn’t find it online), and the lining is Dress Up Days by Riley Blake.
Now I won’t lie… sewing with vinyl is not easy.
Here are a couple of tips:
1. Lenghten your stitches. On my Janome, 3 was the perfect stitch length.
2. Omit the topstitching in curvy areas. I skipped it on the hood and around the shoulders. Vinyl is not pliable so sewing in curvy areas is hard.
3. Take your time to pull and tug at the fabric as your go along in order to decrease the chances of getting unsightly folds.
4. Accept imperfections and move on. I have tons of imperfections on this jacket.. can you see them? Neither can I! 😉
I always forget to add my little tag at the neckline, so a huge thanks to Heidi for pointing out the perfect moment to sew it in, along with a handy little hanging loop.
Fabricland staff suggested that I create little air vents under the arms holes, as vinyl can get a tad hot. Hello sweet little grommets! Two under each arm should do it.
I am seriously in love with this jacket, if not for the sheer fact that it can easily be transformed into a windbreaker, a preppy fall coat, a summer camping jacket… the possibilities are endless based on the fabrics that you choose. It’s not often that I sew the same pattern twice, but I can actually see making this one many more times. In fact, a small argument broke out between Alix and her little sister Gaëlle, who thought the jacket was for her.
And here we go for the photo shoot (AKA me running frantically after Alix, trying to change the settings on my camera as we move from place to place!)
Oh, hello little pocket! How cute are you with your sweet little lining!!!! Let me shove my shades in here until the sun comes up…
The life of a blogger… I am actually up on the monkey bars in order to bring you the picture below (I think I shared before that Alix does not pose standing in front of a wall… it’s more “Catch me if you can mom!”).
And BONUS, during the tour, you can receive a $1 off on your purchase by using the discount code TOUR.
Thank you so much Heidi for having me on your pattern tour. I love love love this jacket!!!!!