Recently I had the privilege of being a Quilt Market maker! For anyone who doesn’t know, Quilt Market is a trade show that occurs in Texas annually. Everything you can imagine that is related to fabric is there. Many of the displays at Quilt Market are new lines of fabric soon to be released for fabric stores to peruse and purchase. So fabric supplies and fabric designers sew up (and ask others to sew up) items using their new fabrics. So I had the honor of sewing up some canvas from Bari J’s new Millie Fleur fabric line into a jacket to be displayed at Quilt Market.
I wanted to make something very splashy for this special occasion, so I chose the Chloe Ruffle Jacket and Cap pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I knew from experience, that a Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern would make my job easier, there would be no mistakes in the pattern or difficult to understand instructions. And I was right! I made a size four since that was the largest size I could manage to get out of the Millie Fleur canvas piece I receive from Bari J.
Bari J. probably sent me all the fabric she had, but this was the “strike-offs” which is printed funny as a test before the real fabric is printed. And then I insisted on making the cap because, just look at that cap! But it uses a large circle of fabric. This is an adorable little pattern, and I made a few more changes to make it even more eye catching.
Instead of spreading out the gathering across the sleeve cap, I gathered it tightly only at the top.
I shortened the “skirt” of the jacket by 1.5 inches.
Instead of gathering the “skirt” of the jacket, I pleated it for a more dramatic look.
The sleeve opening is narrowed at the bottom.
I lengthened the ruffle pattern piece along the front so as to make a tighter (and more eye catching) ruffle along the front.
The inside lining of the skirt is not gathered at all so as to not add bulk.
Instead of making buttons and buttonholes, the buttons are merely decorative and there are snaps inside the jacket.
These changes were all very easy to make, and produced a finished product that captured many an eye at quilt market, so I’m told! It probably also helped that people spent more time in front of Bari J’s booth as she was creating (and giving away!) live paintings.
You can see the inside of the fully lined Chloe jacket and cap are lined with white fleece Ultra Cuddle Fabric. The source is JoAnn Fabrics, and it makes the jacket able to be worn all winter long.
Also, cuddle is definitely the right name for this fabric! It pairs with the Millie Fleur canvas perfectly.I was careful to fussy cut the fabric for the covered buttons so as to accentuate Bari J’s Millie Fleur canvas fabric in all the right places. I found little flowers and a butterfly to center on the buttons.
The collar is genuine leather. It is so extremely soft and supple and adds to the artistic feel of this little jacket. Plus, the smell of leather!
I just love Art Gallery Fabrics, and this is the second time I’ve gotten to work with their amazing canvas fabric. The other jacket I made was also at Quilt Market in the Art Gallery Fabrics canvas booth! Talk about some famous jackets.
Seriously, I was so excited to be a quilt market maker. The only thing better would be to have been there in person.
Since I didn’t have a 4 year old daughter to model the jacket, I had my 4 year old son put it on for a few photos before I sent it off to Bari J. But I promised his brothers I would block out his face! I just wanted to show how cute it was modeled.
I can’t wait for this Millie Fleur canvas to be available in stores. Since the Chloe Ruffle Jacket pattern goes up to size 8, I just might make one for Annie in her size. Or find a new pattern and make something for myself!
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