The older member of the teenage fashion panel has an excellent garment acquisition technique. When someone points out to her that a particular item of clothing is outgrown, or shabby, and that she should buy or sew herself a new one, (DD1 has a part time job, and therefore financial responsiblities), she wears it constantly. I suspect this is to annoy her mother.
If her outgrown 2009 Jalie jacket has not been on her back every day for the past 6 weeks when not in the laundry, I would be very surprized. I may be maligning her. It is possible that the reason for this overuse is the unusually chilly weather. Regardless, I could not stand the sight of it any longer with her wrists sticking out and made another one.
It turned out quite nicely, as it should, seeing that I have made this pattern 4 times previously.
I deviate from the pattern a little. The pattern has a lot of piecing that is not necessary for shaping - particularly in the sleeves. I stick all of the sleeve pattern pieces together to make a normal one piece pattern.
I also cut the lower band as one piece.
For fitting, my daughter's jacket is a size R, in diameter, with 7cm lengthening to the body, 5cm lengthening to the sleeves and 5cm lengthening to the hood for a more relaxed look.(The pattern hood is very close fitting, presumably so that it can be worn under a rainjacket hood).
I add an internal zipped pocket, which is simply a panel with a zip inside it, sewn to the wrong side of the inner section of the front pocket lining before applying this to the front.
I line the hood, and add a front facing to cover the inner zipper tapes. I use woven selvage under the zipper to stabilize the front edge.
For this garment, I played with the fancy stitches on my machine again. The welt bands have a layer of thicker fleece inside (the same Polartech 200 as the main garment fabric), and I lay thin non fusible interfacing at the underside of the folded welt before adding the flower stitch, trimming this away after stitching.
At the back I used a diamond stitch pattern to machine stitch a flower. It amuses me that it can only be seen with the hood up, very secretive.
The sleeves are a teensy bit long. This is deliberate. I don't want to see those wrists again if she hits 5 foot 10.