It’s spring! Yay!
E&E Patterns has just released a fabulous new pattern, the Spring Showers Jacket, and I was lucky enough to get to test it.
The Spring Showers Jacket is unisex, with two view options (encased drawstring waist or not), and comes in sizes 2/3-12.
And is awesome.
Full of professional touches and thought-out details, this jacket is the real deal. The back of the jacket is cut longer than the front, so that it comes down below the bum. This is fabulous for kids who ride bikes or run through puddles or sit on things. Plus, I think it just looks more legit.
Fully lined, from hood to sleeves. I went with a flannel on the inside. The outer fabric is super lightweight, and though waterproof, I didn’t think it would lend much warmth. The flannel keeps things light, but adds a tiny bit of cozy. There’s also a zipper shield, to keep rain and wind out of the inside of the jacket, when zipped.
There are two patch pockets, with flaps, on the front. I added snaps to mine.
And for bonus points, I also added a side entry to the pockets. They’re kind of like double-decker pockets. The side entry pocket is lined with the flannel, so it’s warmer on his hands. As I’m typing this out, I am realizing I don’t know how to explain them. I need to do a tutorial. Basically, I sewed a flannel patch pocket onto the jacket front, but with the opening at the side, not the top. Then I slapped the flapped patch pocket on top of that flannel one. More or less. Whatever. Pockets!
I chose to color block my son’s Spring Showers Jacket. I wanted something more interesting than a solid color, and all the laminated prints I was finding were either too juvenile for an 11 year old, or too feminine for his tastes. I went with two different types of fabric from a (sorta) local shop, Nuttal’s.
The brown is a garment-quality nylon ripstop. It’s super nice. Not super nice to sew with; very slippery and not at all forgiving. But it’s totally waterproof and looks and feels like a good jacket fabric. The yellow is like a taffeta. The sales person at the fabric store showed it to me when I said I needed waterproof fabric. The bolt said waterproof. The color seemed very rain slickery. I had two small children with me , and was a bit distracted. I slapped the bolt on the cutting counter, and didn’t think much of it. When I got home and pulled my cut piece out of the bag, I discovered it was really, really thin. I tested it, and it was waterproof. Just thin. Really thin. And so slippery. And generally a pain to work with and I cursed its existence pretty much the whole sew.
After thinking about it long and hard, I’m guessing that it’s really coat lining. It looks *exactly* like the lining of pretty much every coat and jacket I’ve ever bought for myself or my children. I’m super worried it won’t hold up as the outer part of a kid’s jacket. But at least it’s waterproof?
Depending on the fabric you choose, I would classify this jacket as anything from “confident beginner” to “intermediate”. The pattern itself isn’t terribly difficult or technical. The instructions are clear. The only really tricky part is the zipper, since you are inserting it in between layers. But not too horrible. However, if you are using slick, no-stretch at all nylon, I’d bump up the technical aspect by a bit. Nylon fabric is tricky. It slides, holes show (from pins and picked-out stitches), and has absolutely no stretch so pieces need to be cut pretty exact. So choose your fabric wisely. I’m happy with my choice, and will go for it again, but just beware.
As for the pattern itself, I’ve already told you I love the details. The fit is also great, roomy enough for layering over sweaters and sweatshirts, but not too baggy. Plus, there is the option for the drawstring at the waist, which I didn’t do, but which would give the jacket a more fitted look. The pattern came together perfectly. The instructions are clear and detailed with step-by-step pictures to walk you through.
And it just looks cool! You can buy the pattern HERE
Jacket: Spring Showers Jacket by E&E patterns. Fabric is nylon ripstop and waterproof lining for outer, flannel for lining, both from Nuttal’s at Ivy Place near SLC
Tee: Old Navy
Jeans: Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads blogged HERE
Shoes: Adidas Sambas
Umbrella: vintage, thrifted