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A Tween Jacket for Fall

{Moto Jacket… Pattern by Jennuine Designs}

Today I want to share the Moto Jacket pattern with y’all modeled by my beautiful niece.

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This jacket stitched up so easy and turned out super nice.  I am very proud of this garment.  I will admit that I was intimidated to build a jacket.  It seemed challenging to me with the differing fabric weights, the zipper, and lining up the outer and inner layers.  But, it was simple following Jenn’s pattern.  I had no problems at all.  Her construction and diagrams in the pattern are easy to understand.  The pattern pieces cut out nicely and fit together perfectly.

This makes a jacket for the cooler weather for Fall or Autumn, and can be a Back to School sewing item.

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For the Blog Tour, Jenn is hosting a giveaway on her blog HERE… and the pattern is offered at a 25% discount using code “MOTOTOUR” HERE……. but first, read on.

I made the size 12 for my 13 year old niece.  It fit ok when worn as a top over a tank top.  In this style and due to the slim fit on her, this will not be a jacket to keep warm, but rather a jacket to keep her looking good.  The pattern comes in sizes 2T to 12 and best of all, it is unisex!  So boys and girls can enjoy a Moto Jacket.

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I want to tell you that the pattern instructions are some of the best I have worked with.  The zipper instructions made installing a breeze.  Even the welt pockets, which can be scary, pieced together easily.  Jenn’s diagrams are detailed to help the garment come together.  For example, look at this graphic from the pattern… look at the top alignment, and the zipper placement.  It shows EXACTLY how to piece the fabrics and zipper together.  very impressive, IMO.

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The body of the jacket can be made from all types of fabrics including leather, suede, vinyl, or home decor.  I used a heavy canvas for the body in turquoise from Jo-ann Fabrics.  The lining is a quilting fabric from Patty Young.  The pattern calls for a knit fabric on the sleeves and collar – even re-purposing a sweater would work good.  For my niece’s jacket, I used a houndstooth heavy knit on the sleeves, and black ribbing for the collar and pocket welts.

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The zipper is metal.  My husband now knows how to shorten a metal zipper.  It took him about 10 minutes to do this for me.  He said it was simple, especially with the instructions added to the pattern.

www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

The Blog Tour continues with many awesome jackets in some creative fabrics.

www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

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Baby Mitts and Caps for Baby Shower Gift

baby shower buttonIt is a pleasure to participate in the virtual baby shower for Jess at Gracious Threads.  This month, she is hosting a Baby Shower to celebrate her new baby boy.  There have been so many fun and inspirational posts all about baby stuff on her blog.  There are tutorials, pattern reviews and round ups, crafts to make, and all kinds of things for babies and new moms.

Today, I posted a Baby Mitt Tutorial HERE for making those cute mittens for little baby hands.  I shared the free pattern template and tutorial to make your own mittens for your baby or to give as a baby gift.

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We gifted my daughter’s preschool teacher with a set of mitts and matching baby cap for the pending arrival of her baby boy.  The cap was made from Zaaberry Baby Hat tutorial found HERE.  The mitts and hat are in the organic knit fabric called Serengeti by Birch.

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Summer Surprise Anniversary Tour

{Celebrating Sofilantjes Patterns}

It’s the one year anniversary of the Summer Surprise Top, Tunic, and Dress PDF Pattern by the lovely Anne of Sofilantjes!  Let me say, this is the PDF Pattern that opened so many doors for me.  With this pattern, I learned to sew knits, I sewed for my niece HERE, and I met Anne & Sofilantjes.  This pattern is special to me.  To show it off, I stitched up 5 dresses for my daughter and her friends.  Each dress is a slight variation of the pattern to show off the best features of the dress design and the girl.  (but all dresses have the perfect bow in the back!)

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