Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Burda Style 01-2010-125 Boy's jacket

Terrible thoughts of hypothermic children are haunting me whenever I think about our planned hiking in the Blue Mountains. Delving further into the polar-fleece-under-the-bed, I found a dusty piece of boyish blue Polartech200. Just the thing to relieve my nightmares.
I looked through my Burdas (no April 2011 yet) and found some lovely warm looking, well bundled, children playing in the snow. I suspect it was summer at 2000m elevation, but anyway, pattern 125 from January 2010 seemed just the trick - although a bit boring.

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Machine embroidery stitches to the rescue. This started life as a robot, these being the current fad, but it seems to have morphed into an alien through adding eyebrows. Perhaps it is an alien robot.

I hope it passes the boy test. I have kept the colours very low tone, just in case it is a bit babyish....

Instead of zip exposed internal pockets (I may be slightly scarred by the last project, but am using the lack of 2 black zips of the same size as my excuse) I have added a nice easy Kangaroo pocket. These are good for boys who lose gloves (in a mild climate).
I have bound the pocket and hems in swimwear nylon lycra, matte side out, stretching slightly as I applied it for a bit of gather.

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I lined the hood with hopefully the last bits of nasty thin Spotlight polar fleece, rather than using a facing, hoping for extra warmth and a more finished look.
I used 3mm elastic cord and stoppers, with the ends of the cord sewn inside the casing, rather than regular cord,to gather the hood, as these are less likely to catch on things than loose ends during adventurous use.

The jacket looks a little big to me, but this is not a bad thing, boys being prone to growth. The Burda jacket was for quilted fabric with fleece lining, so oversize was probably the plan.

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I feel warmer already.

16 comments:

katherine h said...

Great work! mY kids always choose jackets with zips and hoods. They would love this!

Lyndle said...

Yummy looking hoodie, and I love the robot/ alien life form too!

Uta said...

I love the alien robot! I always shy away from sewing detail-oriented jackets, but you sure make up for it. Your boy is sure to love this!

Sharon said...

Great jacket and love the robot.

gwensews said...

This looks like a jacket a kid would wear until it's in shreads! Love the robot.

shams said...

What a great jacket, karen. And I lurve that robot/alien! It would have never occurred to me to embroider on polartec in matching thread, like that. Really nice!

Marie said...

Fantastic hoodie. Your work looks amazing.

sewing spots said...

Your son has a wonderful, custom jacket! Too cute. Love the color!

Justlikeaboughtone said...

Wow, that is fantastic. It's so hard to find nice clothing for boys. I'll definitely be making one of these for my sons. I love the trims and embroidered design you have used.

Imaan said...

Great looking jacket Karen:-) Enjoy your trip to the Mountains. It is lovely up there. I'd live there if I could:-)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Who would have thought a hoodie could be so sharp? This looks very warm and I am into the tone-on-tone embroidery.

Handmade said...

Very cute and cuddly!

Kathy said...

That is one terrific jacket. The embroidery is super.

Mary Nanna said...

I'm always surprised at your level of productivity - what with job, and family. I am even more surprised how much of that you channel into sewing for others. The boy's jacket looks super cute and the robot/alien is a unique touch.

Gail said...

Fantastic jacket - it looks store bought. I love the little robot fellow on the pocket.

Sew Passionista said...

Oh! This looks so warm and cuddly. Makes me miss my grand baby Riley in Ottawa.have a great trip and keek warm.