I’m so honoured to be taking part in the Pattern Parcel Inspiration tour! You can read below for the official blurb of what Pattern Parcel is all about but basically all profits from the sales are donated to Donors Choose where the money goes to help buy supplies for schools in need. Pretty awesome! So far year to date, they have raised nearly $10,000!
Lucky me, I have a nephew that lives close by so I was able to take part in the boys parcel. For my stop on the tour I chose to sew up the Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns. OK, well, my sister chose the pattern because I asked her for her favourite one of the bunch
(it was in her top two that she wanted, I think I’ll make the other for his birthday).
This was my first time sewing a Blank Slate Pattern and my second or third time sewing for my nephew. I was trying to think up a way to change up the pattern to make it more personal and unique but I’m used to sewing things with flowers and hearts and was having a hard time coming up with the ideas for a boy. I’m going to have to work on that.
|Yep, they’re too long, and yes, the bottom edge is a little wonky.
My nephew will be turning 4 in a couple months, but he’s always been on the stocky (not chubby) side. He’s slightly above average height for his age but has a wide chest. Based on the measurement chart he fell into the low end for the 5T/6T in the chest. The jacket fits nicely through the chest, and it’s roomy for wearing over a shirt but the sleeves are a little long on him so I need to adjust those.
Unfortunately, the kiddo was leaving on vacation so I only had this one chance for pics and fitting. I’ll be cutting about 1.5″ off the sleeves. I think for the next one I will cut the shoulders at the 3T/4T width with the chest at the 5T/6T width.
The pattern also suggests using medium to heavy weight interlock but I couldn’t find any I liked (in the colours requested) so I went with a sweatshirt fleece that has some stretch. I think it worked out great (and it sewed so nicely!)
|Uh, how did I totally miss that thread until this post went up??
I also forgot about buying matching thread, so I’ve got some awesome grey stitch detailing going on 😉 At least it matches the contrast fabric, right?
- Sizes 18m to 8 (paired in every other size: 18m/2T. 3T/4T, and so on)
- Sizing chart and fabric requirement chart included
- Instructions included on how to print and assemble the pattern
- 9 pages of instructions with clear photos; Pattern pieces are nested and in black and white, but lines are easy to distinguish
- Intermediate level pattern: I think an adventurous beginner could tackle this, but the steps are not super detailed and assume some sewing knowledge.
- Quick project, I was able to complete it in about 3-4 hours (including some interruptions from the littles)
- The main is purple organic sweatshirt fleece purchased from Fabric.com
- The ribbing is upcycled from an old sweater of mine. (Hope you don’t mind nephew!)
And for the fun of it, here are some more pics:
|And totally not pattern related but how great is that shirt? 😛
So what is Pattern Parcel all about? Read below for the details on all the patterns included in this parcel and to see the list of tour participants!
Sunday, August 24 little betty sews