We accepted the Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge! The requirements were to use one of 4 buffalo plaid fabrics and sew up anything. So we went for the blue and coral buffalo plaid, added some navy sweatshirt fleece, a Which Way Out Jacket pattern and poof! A new reversible jacket for Aria! Just in time for the trip to the North Pole! (That’s what happened when I woke up and looked out the window, right?) The Which Way Out Jacket pattern make sewing a reversible jacket easy! The instructions are very complete with helpful picture for every step. Aria helped cut out the pieces for this reversible sweatshirt jacket. The pattern is not specifically intended for knits, but because the sweatshirt fleece is not very stretchable, it worked. This was my first time sewing a reversible garment and using a reversible zipper, but the Fishstick Designs pattern made it all simple.
One change I made to the jacket ( other than the material used!) was to add a little femininity to the back by elastic at the waist level. We felt this jacket had a silhouette that was a little boxy for a tween girl, so we added that & love it! A third change was just using one layer of fabric for the pockets because the sweatshirt fleece is so nice on the backside, it didn’t need to be lined.
I used a double needle to do a lot of topstitching on this sweatshirt jacket, and I think the end result is really worth it. When using the double needle, I always sewed with the plaid side up, since my thread was navy, the zigzag bobbin thread wouldn’t be so apparent on the navy sweatshirt fleece side. In fact, I think it looks quite professional.
Two of the other kids are already asking me to make one for them…and if I could figure out how to make one for me I would! Especially out of those soft and cozy fabrics! If you choose to make a Which Way Out Jacket from knit, be aware that you will not have to buy as much fabric because knit fabric is so much wider than woven.
On the plaid side of the jacket, Aria decided the blue fabric would make a nice contrast for the pockets, and I think she’s right!
I love the peek of the lining you see inside the hood on the solid side.
The cuffs can be rolled back on both sides to see the contrasting color on the other side. I did topstitch around the bottom edge of the cuff, just for consistency! Wish us luck on that Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge…the winner gets $75 to spend at Girl Charlee, and we have our eye on some more knit fabric over there!
Which side out of this reversible jacket is your favorite? (Aria needs help deciding!) #girlcharlee #gcsewandwin