I love being part of pattern tours, I really do. I have a lot of fun sewing from my Japanese pattern books, but I feel like I get an extra dose of inspiration from sewing up the many fantastic indie patterns I’ve been lucky enough to try. Heidi of Elegance and Elephants is one of my favorite designers. I know that I’m in good hands when I follow her steps, and I’m always delighted by the clever little details she includes. And the end result is professional and beautiful.
And she’s so technically savvy! She included a nifty PDF function that enables you to select only the size you want to print out (I chose size 7 and the fit is perfect). Maybe it’s common practice with digital patterns now, but this was the first time I’d seen it.
So today, we’re talking about the Spring Showers Jacket, which I’m sure you’ve been seeing around the online sewing sphere. I used an upholstery weight cotton canvas with an aqua ikat print. I lined it with the ubiquitous grey stripey cotton lawn that I use for linings all the time. As you can tell, I didn’t nail the print alignment in the front, but as always, I chalk these things up as homemade charm.
It has so many cool tidbits like the zipper shield (my first one ever!), hi-lo hem, and a visor on the hood, and I loved how this jacket is constructed. Heidi really broke down the steps to make it as easy as possible and I really enjoyed the whole process. Maybe I’m slow at sewing or maybe it was all the topstitching, but the jacket took me a long time. Then again, I had to take a lot of breaks because I was sewing it while K was home with a stomach bug, and a sick kid is pretty demanding. But the effort was worth it because K absolutely adores this jacket.
K chose the zipper and it was a good call, I think.
Fortunately, she got over her stomach bug by the end of the day, so we walked around the neighborhood for a photoshoot, since we’d spent all day cooped up at home. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story:
Isn’t she silly? Love her.
Make sure to check out the other fabulous Spring Showers Jackets on the tour, and if you hurry, you can get a dollar off the price with the code: TOUR through today! Thanks for including me, Heidi!