Elegance & Elephant's Spring Shower Jacket Pattern (Sizes 2-12). A double layer jacket for Ryder has been on my sewing to do list for a long time and I finally had the confidence to go for it with Heidi's awesome instructions.
This pattern isn't a quick sew but with Heidi's thorough instructions & clear pictures it was not a difficult sew. It was like having your friend hold your hand held through the process (If you have ever had a chance to sew one of her patterns before you know what I am talking about).
patterns & how she always gives a ton of options that lend themselves to a custom look. In this pattern there are options for a bill, pockets & drawstring. I opted to leave these out due to Ryder's personality (like sneaking rocks & sticks into the house) and the overall look I was going for. I do have plans to sew the pattern again for his sister & add a few of these back in.
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My very favorite part about her patterns is they always look beautiful from the inside as well as the out. I really think this sets her apart as one of the great indie pattern designers of the day. She even included instructions on how to put a loop for hanging...how cool is that? Clothing made with her patterns always hang well; making my kids happy & me happy with the results.
This jacket was all made from my stash. A couple years ago Walmart had 5 yrd bolts for $5, which is when I attained the outer navy fabric. I had just enough left for this project. The red & white star fabric came from Joann's 4th of July fabric section that I had bought for a project almost two years ago. It was just the right amount, perfect. The zipper I purchase for a sweatshirt repair for my husband that ended up being too long. Yeah, for stash busting!
This pattern is great if for a jacket beginner like me or if you are looking for a unisex jacket with great customization. The pictures are clear & instructions give great results. On the pattern is pieces themselves she has the option to select a single size for printing, saving you precious ink. She uses both colors & strokes for each size so if you end up printing them all it will be easy to keep them straight.
pattern! Right after I finished Ryder's I ran to the fabric store to make another for his sister. I hope you take the opportunity to purchase it & sew it up. We know you won't be disappointed!
Heidi is graciously offering a $1 off coupon code for the Spring Showers Jacket Pattern to Shaffer Sister readers. It is good through May 1st "TOUR" in the checkout.
And if you need a dozen more examples why you should take the leap and by this pattern head over to Heidi's site for the pattern tour. Here are some of our favorites (here, here, here, or here).