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Kids Clothes Week | Sunday Brunch

For future reference, I must write that I made my first (and only, to date) Oliver+S Sunday Brunch jacket when this pattern was first released (the paper version with the adorable paper dolls, that I still miss so much).

I love it so much and was extremely proud of myself, but my little girl (about 3-years at the time) didn’t wore it as much as expected. The original pattern is not lined and it was soon too cold for her to wear it. By the time spring arrived, the jacket was not fitting her anymore.

I was so frustrated, but every since that date (could it be 5 years already?) I had plans for sewing a lined version before fall hit us. Eventually, that never really happened, until this year! Thank you KCW!!

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I didn’t made much plans for KidsClothesWeek, and although I did try to fil some gaps in my girl’s wardrobe, I had high expectations for sewing this jacket! And I’m so glad I finally did it!!

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I used a wool-fabric, bought last year with this same pattern in mind, and added a soft blue-striped viyella for lining. The buttons are from my button-jar and were hand-picked by my girl.

This jacket, and especially the original version (i.e. sans lining) is a simple sewing – not necessary fast, because of the bias trim, but one that gives you a great sense of accomplishment. After all, it’s a “jacket”, right?

I can get over on how polished and chic this little jacket looks – it’s utterly feminine and timeless. After all, I’m using a 5-years old pattern and I still think is looks quite actual.

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As I already knew this pattern has a slim-fitting, plus I was adding a full-lining, I assumed that going one size-up would provide me with some much needed extra room (I did size 8, which, unfortunately, is the last size for this pattern!).

The fit is spot-on❤

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The original pattern has optional instructions for adding a bias trim to the facing edge and seam allowances, yet, adding a full lining wasn’t as complicated as expected (basically you need to sew another jacket) and makes it more fall-winter-ready.

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Oddly, my girl really loved this style🙂 Obviously, she couldn’t remember the first version, but was so thrilled to have a cute little jacket to wear over jeans …

To be quite honest, I’m not quite sure if this particular fabric – a soft wool with some sew-on white spots – will  withstand the “recess test”. So far, and despite her gentle morning requests, I’ve managed to keep it away from school, but other than that it has been worn elsewhere (with lots of compliments).

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I wish I could have one in my size …

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Happy sewing,

Ana Sofia

20 thoughts on “Kids Clothes Week | Sunday Brunch

    1. Thank you Soraia! I was tempted to sew a size 7 (and save size 8 for next year) but this is a great fit on her – size 7 would have been too tight😦

    1. The lining was not difficult at all (maybe one can follow O+S School days Coat instructions with a few mods) and it does make a great fall jacket (could even be suitable to our mild winters …)

  1. It looks stunning Ana Sofia. How did you attach the skirt of the lining. I am visualising that you might have sewn it to the outer and then slip stitched the bodice lining down that way? Would love to see photos of the inside to see how you put it together.

    1. I did a “second jacket” – I pieced the front and back facing (in wool) with the viyella in order to have the complete jacket pieces (including sleeves) and then attached the full lining to the main jacket (front and neck). I suppose one can follow Oliver+S School Days Coat instructions for attaching the lining to the jacket, as the construction would be quite similar.

  2. Beautiful jacket❤️ I love your fabric choice- you’ve inspired me to finally use this pattern! It’s been sitting on my shelf for three years😊Your sewing is so pretty:)

    1. I hesitated between this wool and a grey Shetland flannel. I’m pretty happy with this choice (she loves it), but I’m still considering making the other one as well (since, I won’t be able to use this pattern next year).

  3. Adorable pattern, and the fabric pairing is perfect. It’s a lovely, keepsake jacket. I would be so nervous to attempt to put a button hole in wool. Are your button holes machine made or hand made, please?

    1. Me too, Tamera! I’m not a brave person (when it comes to buttonholes, that is), but my new machine (love it, obviously) handles them really well. I was also surprised (and very very glad, as you can imagine)🙂

  4. Hello! I am SUCH a fan of your sewing. I was just looking back at previous posts for some sewing inspiration, and remembered a question from a long time back that I forgot to ask. In many of your earlier posts, your daughter is wearing a white blouse with a ruffle collar. Is this store bought? And even if so, do you know of a pattern that I could use/alter to create a similar outcome as this blouse? Thanks so much for your help!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. Blouses with ruffle collars are quite usual here – little girls wear them all the time, even with less formal outfits like jeans. I usually I buy them on sale as I find them quite expensive. There are a few patterns that might be used for this (O+S school bus t-shirt pattern can be easily adapted and you can also find a similar pattern on Ottobre 4/2010) and I’ve made a few versions using the Children’s Corner pattern Mattie (goes up to size 10). You can check it here: https://sisforsewing.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/on-coordinating/. Hope it helps!

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