I can't believe this is the last pattern in our "Sewing For Boys" sew along. I've had so much fun sewing my way through this great book.
I held out on the 2-in-1 Jacket, a little intimidated by sewing an outerwear garment but I shouldn't have been. The pattern is wonderful to sew and the the directions straight forward and easy to follow.
I went with a baby wale corduroy fabric in red for the outter shell which was sewn using the size 2 pattern. The reverse is a black and white checked flannel. I decided against the inner lining because I'm hoping to use this as K's Spring jacket.
The most difficult part of this jacket are the angled welt pockets, but the pattern directions walk you through the steps so perfectly, there is little room for messing up. Just make sure to mark your pocket placement well and watch to make sure your seam catches each layer of the pocket.
The lining goes in smoothly, very much the same way you put together the "Just Like Dad" robe, sewing around the entire jacket, and leaving a small opening for turning.
The only change I made to the pattern directions was to place the reverse fabric on the underside of the collar. Because I used such a vivid color for the main shell, I thought it best to stick with the plain collar. I'm guessing by the time it's warm enough around here to truly wear this as a jacket, the sleeve length will be just right and leave little room for turning the sleeves up.
I finished this bad boy just in time to use for my Boy's Week submission for Project Run and Play. Overall, I love how the 2-in-1 Jacket turned out and I can't wait to sew this pattern again. This has been a fabulous pattern to finish off the sew along!
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