In between, we had two birthdays, complete with birthday celebrations at home, soccer, and school. And, you know, life.
But, I persevered.
After all my research, poring through posts after posts on the Oliver + S forums, I realized there were many decisions/tinkerings to be made. My final jacket is complete and here's the decisions I made:
- added interfacing (Pellon SF101) to the facings
- used pre-made toggle closures
- used magnetic snaps inside
- used quilting cotton for lining the hood and sleeves (designed by Liesl Gibson from my shop with a layer of Thinsulate (purchased from Amazon)
- used a fairly heavy corduroy for the main body
- used Polartec 100 for lining the body purchased here
This is a size 5 on my newly-turned-5-year-old:
I did think I was getting something by her, as I kept trying it on her while I was sewing and she didn't say anything.....but, when the jacket was complete, she said to me "you know I hate brown, right?"....ugh! She does love the salmon-y color interior, so I'm hoping she'll wear it.
Then, since there was the lovely fleece still sitting on my sewing table, I whipped up a super-cute, very successful (per the child) outfit:
These are the Oliver + S Playtime leggings in a size 4 with about 3 inches added to the length. A seriously perfect fit. I used some Modern Workshop interlock knit from the shop - a great weight for leggings. I love that the waist on these leggings is not high, nor too gathered. The top is the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan shirt made from the same Polartec 100 that I use to line the jacket. I used a size 7 because of the weight of the fabric, actually with no modifications. I added a hood, kangaroo pocket and bottom waistband and wristbands from self fabric. The hood is lined with the Modern Workshop interlock.
I'm so happy with the result of my most recent sewing - really, this is why I sew. I feel so accomplished when I create something. Especially when the kid loves it too!