When I got the email that Shwin & Shwin was having a sale on their jacket patterns I had to get a couple. I've been wanting to make Cupcake a jacket for a while and I'm not going to pass up on a sale. The Michelle Jacket is the first pattern I've used with more than two pieces - I was excited for a new challenge. Clear directions made it easy to follow and put together so it was a great first pattern to use.
I was given the adorable plaid canvas, and was saving it just for a project like this. The pale pink lining is a sheet I picked up at the thrift store. The piping and buttons were also given to me, so it was less than $10 for this adorable jacket!
I like everything about this jacket. The hood for staying warm. The pockets for keeping treasures. The piping for a bit of color. The shape is so girly for my little princess. She looked so stylish wearing it to church today.
There were a lot of firsts with this project but the biggest thing was the buttons. I had never sewn a button hole before! I did do a few practice ones before starting on the jacket, but I probably should have done a few more. Patience isn't my strong suit. Of the five, the first three aren't great, but my last two were as good as I'd expect to get. I'm glad I had this project to push me to try something new!
This whole project made me smile: starting with cute fabric, facing new challenges, having lots of success, and ending with a warm, happy little girl.