Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Trench Jacket for Jessica

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!

More later from

22 comments:

Marie-Noƫlle said...

This is a labour of love, you are perfectly right and the result is amzing!!!
The smile on your GD's face says it all!!!
I have this pattern and I have not sewn it yet because I thoght that the pockets are too small too. Yours look much better.
The interfacing is perfect I think.

Jenny said...

Beautiful! Lucky granddaughter. I made that view of that pattern for myself and understand what you mean about it being a "labor of love". Just a lot of pieces and a lot of work. Yours is fantastic!

Audrey said...

It is a gorgeous jacket and she looks so lovely in it. I have always liked the trench type coats/jackets, but the amount of work they require always stops me from making one.

Lori said...

The trench is amazing and I can see why she liked it so much. Great job.

Vicki said...

The trench is fabulous and looks adorable on Jessie. Lucky girl!

Jane M said...

Wow, what a happy, gratefl GD. Jessie looks wonderful and you did a fantastic job on this jacket. I would probably never consider this project because of all those details so I'm truly in awe.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Diana you did a fantastic job on this jacket and it looks wonderul on your granddaughter.

Gail said...

Stunning coat. I hope that Jessica take the time to learn the craft from her fabulously stylish gran.

Claire S. said...

What a great jacket Diana - it looks lovely on your beautiful GD !

Sharon said...

What a lucky grand daughter, her trench is stunning and you have, as always, made a beautiful garment.

Jackie said...

Beautiful coat, your granddaughter is so lucky! I have that pattern but have yet to make it. You have encouraged me.

Laury said...

Wow! You nailed it...the only thing I would change is a label that says made by Grandma (or whatever she calls you, you certainly don't look like a Grandma) because she will have this jacket for years!

gwensews said...

Beautiful-coat and girl! What a wonderful grandmother you are!

Tamara said...

It is very nice indeed...I must say however that I do not like all the competition for your sewing skills! Don't forget I am your favourite daughter!

Tam

SewBarbie said...

Wow! The jacket is gorgeous! The details are beautiful and you did a wonderful job. Lucky girl!

Shelly

Aminat said...

Oh Jessie, you are one lucky granddaugter...what a beautiful jacket..Indeed a labor of love. Great job

Irene said...

A super trench! What a lucky girl to have a grandmother like you.

pdiddly said...

Your granddaughter is so lucky to have a grandma that is such a wonderful sewer. You too must feel chuffed to make such a lovely jacket for her and know she will love wearing it. I have made my little granddaughter a pink hippo but no garments yet - still she isn't 1 yet.

Well done.

Karin said...

It looks fantastic! The top stitching is great, and I love the dainty, feminine lining.

Linda T said...

That is ONE.GREAT.COAT and a beautiful GD. I know why she loves it, you did a beautiful job!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - what a great grandma you are! That jacket is gorgeous and I'm sure your granddaughter will remember that you made it for her forever!

Ms.Alethia said...

Great jacket~ beautifully done!!