Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Jean Jacket for Jesicca


Jessica was my first grandchild. The moment I held her after she was born, she owned a big part of my heart. Jessie turned 17 yesterday! She's not our little girl anymore but an amazing young lady.She's a competitive skater and holds the title of Provincial Junior 
Champion. Needless to say , we are very proud of her!



From the time Jessica was three, I made all her dresses for her and she use to say"My Nana makes the prettiest dresses in the whole world" Then at the age of 11, when I asked her if she wanted a new dress she said "No Nana. I wouldn't want you to waste your time because I'm not going to wear dresses anymore."And that was that. 

Two years ago, she asked for a trench jacket and of course, I was happy to oblige. See it here if, you'd like.
Then late last fall, she asked if I'd make her a jean jacket. I decided to make it for her birthday. She picked out V 7610   , the Sandra Betzina pattern. I tried mine which is size B on her, took her measurements and guessed I'd have to scale down the smallest size (A) by one size. Of course I worried it wouldn't fit but it did! Perfectly!





I used a non stretch 10 ounce cotton denim in a dark wash to make it as authentic looking as possible. I used Gutterman top stitching (also called extra strong) thread in colour 511 and dull silver metal buttons (I don't do snaps). I used no interfacing as the denim was just the right hand for a jacket.



On the inside I finished the facings with purchased cotton bias tape in the Hong Kong method.


I ran out of fabric and used a striped denim left over from an outfit made for Jessie for her 6th birthday , for the back facing.

I  used the serger  to finish the rest  of the seams.

Jessica was delighted with her jacket and said it was exactly as she wished it!





Just look at that gorgeous hair!!!

My Sewing Room is still at the same state as it was last week. Nothing went on this week. A delay in material for my work station. But I'm assured it will only be a couple more days!! Stay tuned and I'll give you a detailed post.

As for my next project,it will be a new spring coat for Tamara so it will be a couple weeks at least before it's finished.

As for the  Burda Webinar , I've asked to postpone a couple of months and they've agreed .More about that in the next while.

Happy Sewing from





10 comments:

Nakisha said...

Happy Brthday to her! The jacket is perfection. Glad she liked it :)

Jean said...

What a fabulous jacket for your granddaughter! My grandmother used to make my dresses as well until I switched to jeans and t-shirts -- such nice memories. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on your sewing space!

Annette said...

Great jacket. I want to make one for myself soon. I've had mine for a few years and it is stylishly worn. Soon, it will be worn out. I've been lucky that my kid want more than I sew. When I ask, they usually already have an idea waiting for me. If I don't ask soon enough they will ask me.

Linda T said...

I do believe you've hit a home run with this jacket! GD is beautiful and looks so very happy with her new jacket. Well done, Nana!

Linda said...

Great looking jacket. You did an excellent job with this.

Sharon said...

Excellent jacket and just what was ordered. Looks fantastic on your GD.

Nan said...

You are such an inspiration and do such beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing. Your granddaughter is just beautiful and that jacket looks so cute on her.
I love seeing what you do.

Nan said...

You are such an inspiration and do such beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing. Your granddaughter is just beautiful and that jacket looks so cute on her.
I love seeing what you do.

Vernelle Nelson said...

Hi, Diana -

Jessica's jacket is adorable... and so is she!

I love the details and the attention you paid to getting everything just right.

Great job.

Tany said...

Happy belated birthday to Jessica!! She looks great wearing her new denim jacket, well done!!