Tuesday, August 18, 2015

jennuine designs moto jacket blog tour

I love moto jackets!  I really, really (did I mention really?!?) want one for myself, but as usual, Mae is getting one instead ;)  This is the Moto Jacket Pattern from Jennuine Designs.  If you don't already own a copy of the pattern, you can get it from Jenn's shop this week for 25% off with the code MotoTour!  Also, if you head over to A Jennuine Life, there are several giveaways this week!

Although this isn't an official review of the pattern, I just have to say that overall it is a wonderful pattern!  The directions are excellent even for the more complicated components such as the welt pockets and the zipper.  Jenn walks you through the construction step by step just in case you aren't comfortable with any of the techniques.  And the finished product is adorable and right on trend!


I really don't like indoor pictures, but sometimes (actually quite often!) I just have to make do.  It was cloudy yesterday which is perfect for outdoor pictures, but unfortunately it was 90 degrees, which isn't so perfect when you are wearing a lined sweatshirt ;)  And since we just got back from vacation this weekend (if you can call traveling anywhere with six kids a vacation!) and I'm feeling particularly lazy and unproductive at the moment (and just spent a full day in a car with all the kids) I didn't exactly feel like finding an alternate location for pictures.  So I put Mae in front of a wall in my bedroom that has a window nearby and called it good, bad lighting and all!


I sewed the size four hoping that Mae can wear it for two years, but it fits pretty well right now, so I doubt it will last for more than a year :(  I think it runs true to the size chart in the pattern, but it's intended to be a skinny sleeve, so when I lined it, it came out a little smaller than I wanted.  Fortunately the fabric I used is nice and stretchy so at least it's not uncomfortable or anything! 

Mae absolutely loves the pockets in her Moto Jacket!  I adore the welt pockets in the pattern, but I don't love making welt pockets from a knit, so I borrowed the pocket shape from another pattern I own and made a kangaroo pocket instead.


I also made a few other changes to the pattern.  I fully lined the sleeves rather than just the bodice.  In Michigan, if it's cold enough to need a lined sweatshirt, then it's cold enough to need lined sleeves as well.  And probably hat and gloves too, but I'll save those for another day :)


The most obvious change is the addition of the peplum skirt.  Because, again, if it's cold enough for anything lined, then it's cold enough for your butt to freeze too ;)  Plus it adds a little more of a girly touch!  Since I decided to add the peplum, I omitted the bottom facings on the bodice lining.  I did keep the front facings and created facings for the peplum too so everything would match on the inside.


Materials:
Pandas - 95/5 cotton/lycra from Jumping June Textiles on Facebook
Pink stripe - 95/5 cotton/lycra from Jumping June Textiles on Facebook
Solid pink - 95/5 cotton/lycra from Jumping June Textiles on Facebook
Black ribbing - 95/5 cotton rib from Ottobre Designs


Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour!!!





9 comments :

  1. Very cute! I love the girlified version with Michigan-appropriate lining! Funny story - the photos I took of the original Moto Jacket were taken during the "polar vortex" in 2013 and it was like 10 below and windy! So we found that antique car dealership to take photos and it was such a perfect location. Michigan is great, but man the weather is a lot to take!

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    1. I've really learned over the last few years of blogging how to take decent indoor pictures and how to find alternate locations! Michigan weather has taught me a lot ;)

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  2. So cute!! I love the addition of the peplum, and that panda fabric is perfect! (And maybe you'll create a post about how to take good indoor pictures? ;))

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    1. I'm not sure that would be a very good post ;) It would just be something like buy a good camera, find as much light as you can, and hope your child will stand in it! And then use decent photo editing software to make it look like there was way more light than there actually was ;)

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  3. What a great jacket! The peplum is a sweet touch, and who could resist anything made with that panda fabric?!

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    1. Thanks! I love the pandas too! I didn't even want to cut into it, but thankfully I still have some left ;)

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  4. you made a girlie version! it is very cute and your little one looks like she loves it.

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    1. She does love it! I have to keep reminding her that it's still hot outside and she can't wear it yet :)

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  5. Cute!! Oh my gosh, I love the length add!

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