So now here I am, with her latest pattern, and still finding that I am both learning and improving, yet it’s not a level that is overly complicated! Tackling a jacket is a major threshold in any sewist’s skill level, but nothing one should really be afraid of! The brave beginner could attempt this if they really wanted to test their limits 😉 In fact, I attempted a jacket when I still considered myself a beginner here and let me tell you it got loved and finally just wore right through the seams this year! So jackets for all the kids have been on my ‘to sew’ list this year. And An gave me the perfect opportunity to get cracking on that list!
The Moiano is a spring/summer jacket meant for light to medium weight fabrics… So I thought something simple and light coloured would be really versatile and a medium weight fabric would help take it through our chilly springs and falls, yet still be comfy in the summer. I found this tweed like purple/grey fabric in the upholstery section of Fabricland. I had a big debate with myself over this one and a similar weight mustard leopard print home dec. But versatility won out and the tweed came home! I then shopped my stash for a lining and settled on this Cotton + Steele Basic.. Notorious: Kerchief that I found at my local quilt shop.
Once I had everything out, and looking at it all together it definitely called for a simple and modern take on the pattern! So I went with the hood option with the zipper, and skipped all pockets and button tab options. If you’re wondering how is it practical to skip the pockets?! Well hear this… You know that stage all kids go through around 2-4 years old when they constantly bring rocks home, stuffed in every pocket, nook or bag they can get their hands on…. Well this girl STILL does it!!!! She inspects all said rocks, places them in their own special spots in her room… Or plain forgets that she’s got an entire pockets worth in her jacket when she throws it in the wash (which my dryer soon found out about)… So no pockets on this coat! haha
For sizing I sewed up the size 5 width and lengthened it down to the size 8 for her height. The fit is great!! She still has room for a sweater if she get really chilly under, which she typically wears! Looking at the photos you may notice that the sleeves seem a tad short… Well in my sewing enthusiasm I completely skipped to sew the sleeve cuffs on and only realized once I pulled the coat right sides out…. So I’ll fix that by sewing them on later this week (since I haven’t seen up my opening yet!).