Lila took a trip around the block on the balance bike with her dad while I did some sewing this weekend. She doesn’t move very fast, but she did manage to display some healthy self-esteem and an appreciation for nature all within the first nine seconds of this video.
Here’s what I was working on:
It’s the Sunday Brunch Jacket from Oliver + S. There are lots of gorgeous versions of this jacket in the flickr pool, but this one has always been a favorite of mine. I’d planned to make the jacket last month for KCWC but only got as far as cutting it out. And then, as usual, a bunch of other projects pushed it out of the way until now. But the fact that it was prepped and ready to sew made it a pretty desirable project to tackle this weekend.
Here’s what’s hidden on the inside – little trees, getting a dose of some very uncharacteristic November sun,
and my first bias bound seams (minus the armholes, which Kristin gave me permission to skip :)).
The fabric is the same uncut cord from this skirt. It has a nice study weight while still being super soft and cozy, and I think I paid $4.50/yard with my JoAnn’s coupon, so the price is right. The trees are from Erin McMorris’ Wildwood collection – I used it for my very first (and long outgrown) Oliver + S garment, the 2+2 blouse, which I made almost exactly a year ago. I finished the seams with the same shot cotton I used here and here (because I still haven’t cleaned up from two projects ago, so there it was) and I chose the buttons to match it.
Speaking of which…Lila dumped out my button jar, very carefully selected these four buttons for the jacket, and placed them on the markings. I exercised my veto power, much to her disappointment.
The jacket came together like all Oliver + S patterns do, without a hitch (I feel like a broken record, but they’re such great patterns, they really are). And it fits, but I really wish it was an inch or so longer. At the rate Lila’s growing I think it might only fit through the end of next week. This is the kind of sewing project that makes me hope I have another girl someday.
And in conclusion, a pretty decent hop…
and a caterpillar named Amy.