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Ottobre 1/2011 #32: Girl's Military Jacket

My older daughter was in need of some nicer clothes. I found some large-ish leftover pieces of fabric from other projects and thought I would use those to make her a jacket and skirt outfit. I took her measurements and traced off the jacket pattern. She's tall and thin, so I decided I needed to use a smaller size and add length like I always do. Except this time, I only added length to the sleeves and completely forgot about the bodice. DOH!

Thankfully, there is another girl around here that could use the jacket after I cut the extra length off the sleeves.  This girl is not in need of any more clothes, but she sure loves this jacket.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32
Please try to over look that bit of lunch spilled on her skirt!

The fabric is what remained of this jacket project. The pattern is designed for sweater knits. This twill has a good amount of stretch and it worked just fine. I have liked this pattern since I first saw it and I'm glad I finally got around to making it.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

The flaps are supposed to be fully functioning, allowing the jacket to be worn closed also. But, I was in a hurry and decided to omit the buttonholes and just sew the flap down with the buttons. The pockets are functional.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

Very small, but functional.

It was easy to remove extra length from the sleeves. To allow for the gathering, the edges of the pattern piece didn't taper in toward the wrist. Getting the gathered sleeve attached to the cuff may have been the hardest part of the project - that circle was pretty little!

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

If I were going to make it again for this daughter, I might decrease the height of the collar a bit - it's pretty tall. But, it does work this way, too.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

While I was pretty annoyed with myself over this stupid oversight, my younger daughter really, really likes this jacket. She pulls it out of her closet to put on for at least part of the day most days. It's pretty cute. And doesn't she look like quite the little lady?

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

Honestly, she looks like this a lot of the time, too...

Ottobre 1/2011 #32


  1. Absolutely adorable. I love that jacket!

  2. Awesome jacket! It's so lovely and I really like the color.

  3. That is so gorgeous, great job.

  4. Love it! She looks absolutely thrilled with it!

  5. Super cute, Renae. And look at that thrilled J - she looks so happy! Sophia can't wait to see her at Christmas again!

  6. .. I can see why she loves it. It looks perfect on her and she is so sweet.
    I loved your jacket too from this fabric.

  7. Super cute. It looks so awesome in that green color. This is on my to do list.

  8. Aaand here I am again, because it's till on my to do list. Ha ha!


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