It’s pumpkin time! Okay, not exactly… but back-to-school means one thing only: START your fall sewing RIGHT NOW! If you’ve been with me for a while, you know the temperatures barely need to dip to get my creative juices flowing. There are so many wonderful things to be sewn between now and the new year! One of my favorite patterns is the Johnny from Children’s Corner Patterns. You can create an entire wardrobe using this pattern alone. In this instance, I added a monogramed pocket to spice it up. I also added a button on tab to the sides.
But there is one project that I enjoy absolutely every minute of and that’s sewing this “School Days Jacket” from pattern maker Oliver + S.
The sewing goddess who designed this, Liesl Gibson, had me at toggle closure. TIP: I made C’s jacket one size too big so that he could wear it more than one season.
The old world look of this is spectacular. This is made up in a thick brushed cotton. While it’s proved to be warm, I chose it because I was too chicken to use wool. I should not have been afraid. The directions in Liesl’s patterns are clear and complete. Nothing to be afraid of. The pattern even includes a button in quilted vest for insulation. LOVE IT!
This is not a difficult project at all. And it is one you will cherish.
What material do you use for your jon jon lining? Thanks!! ~Tara
Thanks for your question. For my linings, I either use a cut up old button-down shirt from my husband or dad to add sentimental value to the garment or I use a coordinating 100% cotton that will be visible when the legs are rolled up. Hope this helps!
Where do you buy your fabric? I love all the corduroy, but can’t ever find cute ones!
I have had great success with Kaufman’s cords. Here’s a link to them on fabric.com https://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-corduroy-fabric.aspx?Source=Header
I use a fine whale (21 whale) corduroy. I don’t buy cords from giant big box sewing stores because I have not been thrilled with the quality. My husband will tell you that I will also steal his corduroy pants, cut them up, and sew them into new pants for the boys! Another resource has always been my local independently owned sewing store. Finding the one closes to you is the best advice I can give : ) Good luck with your project!