Jessica is my 14 year old grand-daughter and she holds a very special place in my heart because she was my first grandchild.As all you grand-parents out there know,the love for a grandchild is boundless. Although at 14, she is a half inch taller than me Jessie will always be, to me, my little sweetie!
I had planned on making a new spring suit this year , but I found a lovely cotton/spandex sateen-like fabric in my stash that wanted to become something for Jessie. When I asked her, she said she would love a jacket.
I had this McCall's pattern 5525 and Jess chose View C.
This jacket was really a labour of love.
At Easter, I took measurements and decided size 10 would fit her OK.I went ahead and cut out,sewed and hoped it would fit her and she would like it.
Today, my DH and I drove the two hours to take it to her.Guess what!. It fit her perfectly and she loved it! So here it is.
Some detail shots...
Jessie loved the way she can sort of mold the collar and put it where she wants it. I interfaced the front and also added interfacing just to the lapel area of the facing. I used medium weight Armo Weft and I was afraid it was too stiff but it turned out just fine.
The buttons were a thrift store find and worked perfectly with the fabric which is a pinky beige and there is a hint of pink in the buttons too.
I made the pockets and pocket flaps a little bigger than the pattern pieces because I thought they were too small.
The sleeves had a little too much ease and the stretch in the fabric helped but I ended up using a method for set-in sleeves that I learned by watching Margaret Islander when she was a guest on Sew Perfect years ago. I posted a tutorial on this method on my other blog so if you're interested, take a peek here.
The lining is an oriental print and is a polyester charmeuse type fabric.
I forgot to take my camera so I took pics with my phone but didn't do a very good job but here is my Jessie in her new trench jacket!
More pics here!
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