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!!
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!!
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.
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 ❤
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.
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).
I wish I could have one in my size …