It was a cold and rainy Saturday here this past weekend and I started looking through Anna Maria Horner's newest book, called Handmade Beginnings and came across the Baby-in-the-Hood Jacket. I knew I had to make one for my little guy before he grew any more and this seemed like the perfect day to sew. I grabbed some Hope Valley fabrics washed and dried them (because I always shrink stuff way too much in the dryer) and got started.
I traced the patterns for the largest size (24 mo.) and started cutting. The circle and diamond print for the outside, the stripe for the lining, and the green geometric for the placket and hood stripe. Pretty soon, I had the hood done and the jacket didn't take much longer. It really is a clever little pattern... all of the inside seams are concealed and it's fully lined.
All I needed to finish it were some buttons. Now, I don't have many buttons on hand at all and these are the ones I came across first (and I think they are the only 4 matching buttons that I have). Perfect! I actually think these are from Katie when she made me a doll quilt in one of the Doll Quilt Swaps! Yup, I checked, they are from her. :)
...and here is my little guy in his new jacket.
The only thing I would change next time, is to make the body of the jacket a bit longer and add a couple of inches to the sleeve length. My kids are always tall and I should have know better and just cut it longer to begin with. It fits him perfectly now and that's all that matters!
I'll just have to make him another one in the spring.
pattern: Baby-in-the-Hood Jacket from the Handmade Beginnings book by Anna Maria Horner
fabrics: Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit