I made Ivy a biker jacket. A unicorn biker jacket.
It just seemed the right thing to do.
The fabric is Unicorn Bunnies and Bubbles by MainsailStudio at MyFabricDesigns.com, in poly Velour.
MyFabricDesigns.com has a cool feature where you can adjust the scale of your print. I increased the Unicorn print as large as it would allow. I love the way the large-scale print looks on the biker jacket.
The poly velour was pretty perfect for the jacket, too. I was expecting it to have that plush texture on the printed side, but the plush velour is on the non-printed side. I was a little disappointed in this at first, mostly because it surprised me. But the printed side is smooth, with an almost-sheen to it. I had a completely different jacket pattern in mind when I ordered the fabric. But when it came, and I saw that smooth, sheen print, I knew it needed to be a biker jacket.
The pattern is the “Biker” Sweatshirt Jacket from Ottobre Designs, issue 4/2016, pattern #29.
I know, I sew so much Ottobre. But when they put out patterns like this jacket, how can I not?! The details in this jacket are just so fun.
I struggled a bit with the collar. I just couldn’t get it to maintain its shape at the snap-over end. Frustrating, but not the end of the world. What I do love about the collar? I used some pony-embossed KAM snaps I picked up along the way somewhere. I love when random items I’ve been hoarding end up being the perfect element for a project.
There are zip-up hip pockets
Front and back shoulder yokes, with topstitching details.
And quilted elbows with an extra layer of hidden padding.
You know, for when she falls off her trike.
And inside shot where you can see the zipper shield to block the wind and protect her skin and clothing from snags. I also added a full lining. I really went back and forth on whether or not to bother. The pattern doesn’t call for it. In the end, I decided if I was going to the trouble to cut out all those pattern pieces, add all that detail and topstitching, and use some of the absolute cutest fabric ever, I really wanted the jacket to be fully finished inside and out. So a full interlock knit lining happened. To make the lining, I sewed the front pieces all together, then traced out a pattern piece onto the interlock. Then I did the same for the sewn-together back, and the sewn-together sleeves. I inserted the lining using the method used in this post HERE, except that I didn’t leave a space in the arm to pull the jacket through. I left the entire bottom edge of the jacket open, lining and outer. After the lining was inserted, I trimmed it down at the bottom edge so that when the outer shell was folded and hemmed in place, the lining wasn’t too bulky underneath.
And now Ivy has a jacket we both love. I told her that after the photo shoot, we were going to put it away until Fall. She has been asking a few times a week since if it is Fall yet so she can have her jacket. I’m just as excited as she is, so Fall might mean “late August”. School starting is pretty much Fall, right?
Make sure to check out her big brother’s unique and fun jacket HERE
Jacket Pattern: Biker Sweatshirt Jacket, pattern #29 Ottobre Designs 4/2016
Jacket Fabric: Unicorn Bunnies and Bubbles by MainsailStudio from MyFabricDesigns.com, poly velour. Fabric was provided as part of a sponsorship agreement with MyFabricDesigns.