Roman loves Peter Rabbit. He actually has 2 Peter Rabbit softies, one named Peter, the other named Michael. In the photo above, Peter is on the left, Michael is on the right. I think Michael just wins out as the favourite, but if Michael isn’t around, he’s happy to hang out Peter.
For a while now, I’ve been planning on making him a jacket to match ‘the boys’ and when Kids Clothes Week popped up, I started to get my supplies together.
There were quite a few steps involved in making the jacket. First off, I bought the French Terry fabric online (thanks Lee Bee), but the colour turned out to be a fair bit lighter than it looked on the computer, so I dyed it a few shades darker. Thankfully, the colour came out just right! It’s always such a risk plunging a piece of fabric into the dye. I don’t think I dissolved the dye quite enough though as there are a few spots on the fabric from dye granules. When I cut out the pattern I made sure to put the worst ones on the lining.
I drafted the pattern myself, using the Heidi & Finn Urban Hoodie (see my previous version here) as a base and following this diagram which shows how to draft a shawl collar onto a regular top. I left the back and sleeve pieces as is. It worked out really well and wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I pinned the paper pattern pieces together and folded it over to make sure it was the right size before cutting out the fabric.
The jacket is fully lined, so I left a hole in the lining side seam for turning through. Because the fabric is a knit, I stabilised either side of the hole with some interfacing to stop it stretching when I turned it through. This worked really well, so I’ll have to remember it for next time.
When it was all put together, I took a look through my button stash but didn’t have anything quite right. Ros, from Sew Delicious came to the rescue and gave me the perfect buttons from her collection! Thanks again Ros!
I think Roman is pretty happy with the jacket even though he had to be bribed with snacks to put it on for the photos. I think the hardest part of KCW is always trying to get action shots!