I took some time this summer to make some children’s clothes for my friends who are having babies. This little chinese style padded jacket is for Evan, who is 8 months old. I found some batik fabric that looked like a grassy meadow, cut out the pattern and lined the pieces with cotton batting. Then I embroidered his name on a scrap of contrasting batik fabric.
Then, I cut the scrap into a leaf shape, turned it under, and appliqued it to the jacket front piece. I added a stem and vein to the leaf and stitched a pointed tooth edging around the leaf.
I then sewed the pattern pieces together and made a lining out of a different cotton fabric.
I finished the outside edges with some bias tape I made from contrasting batik fabric.
I added buttons and button holes.
And sewed in a cloth label that I had left over from the days when I made felt purse kits.
It should fit the handsome little guy through the fall and winter. See another baby jacket here.
incredible!! it is absolutely lovely and looks so snuggly. what a treasured gift it is sure to be. 😉
You’ve inspired me to get some fabric (and put it aside until I become a Grandmother) and make a few little kid things. Yours are so cute!
Ok Salley – time to fess up! How in the world do you find the time?
Not watching TV frees up a lot of time, but really I am motivated by the fact that babies grow so fast and I have to make something NOW before the children grow up. Also, the sewing goes so fast compared to my other embroidery work, that it’s more like baking a batch of cookies.
What a lucky little one Evan is…this jacket will become a family heirloom, to be treasured forever. This darling wrap will some day adorn one of Evan’s teddies I dare to say, after all of his siblings have worn it too, even if they aren’t named EVAN! 😉 Blessings to you and your talented and nimble fingers!
So cute and so snuggly! Everything about it is wonderful!
This is the sweetest little jacket…Evan is a very special little man. This is a gift of love for years to come. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
So soft and sweet! If his mama takes a photo of him in it, please post it!
Oh yes, a picture would be great of Evan modeling the jacket….if his mama allows.
Lucky, lucky Evan to have a wonderful jacket handmade by Salley! It’s even monogrammed…
I also loved getting a peek at your Wee Folk Studio label!
Lucky Evan! What a sweet jacket 🙂
What a sweet little jacket, but I have to admit my favorite part of this post was the picture of your studio…especially the familiar pile of work in progress at the far end of the table!
This is absolutely adorable. Did you create the pattern for the jacket or is it “store bought”? I want to make a jacket for grandchild #4 due in September and I love this style. Your color choices, as always, are lovely!
Thanks, Kimara. The pattern is about 25 years old. Simplicity no. 6256.
Salley. I love this darling jacket….what a lucky little boy! Loved the name on the leaf!!! What a kick…. I have some similar jackets cut out to make for 6 new babies in our family! My pattern is a little different as it has fabric loops for buttoning.