In this house, because you are 4 and you think your mom can sew anything, you are obviously entitled to a custom made "Ben 10" jacket. I finally finished it last week. It was definitely a challenge, and of course I love a sewing challenge, but this one was a little over the top.
I was originally going to sew a quick fleece jacket but because there was no fleece to be found that was the right color, I settled on denim, which meant a collar, cuffs, and band around the bottom.
It's perfect!! I love the way it turned out. So here's a quick overview on how I went about making it. I generally am not fond of patterns because the directions are confusing and I'm usually disappointed with the fit of the finished product. So I used a jacket of his and made the pattern from it. I sewed up a trial version out of the lining material to make sure I got it right, then unpicked it an used it as a pattern for the real deal. I just made a massive version of bias tape (except not cut on the bias) and used it to bind all the raw edges and it worked. It wasn't as easy as it sounds. I had a few mishaps with the separating zipper being too long, and that I sewed the sleeves on before I put the white stripes on, etc. I learned a few things too, like...always buy extra fabric, even though you may think you have enough...and...probably when you are attempting a Jacket, it might save some time to use a pattern. Anyway, Jack loves it and that's all that counts. I love sewing for my kids.
I've not been blogging much because I'm getting ready for a craft fair next weekend and I've been trying to crank out purses to sell. Stay tuned and I'll show you what I've got so far.