Zipping up the Zippy Jacket



Pattern Parcel #4

 Disclosure: I received the patterns for free for taking part in the tour. All opinions are my own of course. I have not been compensated in any way for the fabric nor the time spent on sewing up the patterns nor for my time spent writing my reviews; however, participants in the tour are being entered into a draw for a chance to win fabric. So by clicking my links you enter my name into the draw at no cost at all to you (no purchase necessary).

Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste

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). 

Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste


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.



Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste
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!)

Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste
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?

Pattern Details:

  • 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)

Fabric Details:

  • 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!)
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And for the fun of it, here are some more pics:

Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste

Zippy Jacket pattern by Blank Slate made by Lulu&Celeste
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!

Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.


About Pattern Parcel:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.




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Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi’s Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver’s Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California



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