For several pregnancies now, I’ve had a terrible secret! Each of these pregnancies were in the winter, but I didn’t have a maternity jacket. Well, I had one, but it didn’t fit my tall frame and mostly my long arms. I decided it was just better to be cold than to fight with sleeves that were 6” too short and didn’t keep me warm anyway. Mostly, I wore the maternity puffer vest my sister gave me, with a sweater or two layered underneath. So clearly it was time for a maternity jacket refashion.
I started with the puffer vest, and this maternity jacket. It was a nice wool jacket, but the arm were woefully inadequate as I mentioned above. And it was tight across my back and shoulders.
To begin with, I unpicked the sleeves from the wool maternity jacket, including the lining. Then I unpicked the sleeves apart from the lining at the hem as well. There was a cuff type feature at the bottom of the sleeve that afforded me an extra inch when unfolded.
Next I ordered knit cuffs from Style Maker Fabric. The sleeves still were not going to be quite long enough, so I needed the extra length that the cuffs would give. Plus, the band around the bottom of the puffer vest is ribbed fabric, so the cuffs would cary on that theme.
To combine these three elements into one well fitting maternity jacket, first I attached the cuffs to the bottom of the sleeves. This was accomplished by simply folding over the lining to the wrong side, inserting the cuffs next, and then topstitching on the wool jacket outside. There were already decorative lines of topstitching along the bottom of the sleeve, so my topstitching blended in perfectly.
Next, I sewed the top of the sleeve to the vest armhole with the right sides together, keeping the lining out of the way. Fortunately for me, the sleeves had been gathered on the original maternity jacket, so I had plenty of room to play with. They fit very nicely onto the vest. Finally, I folded 1/4” of the lining to the wrong side and stitched it to the inside of the vest by hand, covering the seam allowance and raw edges made by attaching the sleeve to the vest.
And now, I’m not cold anymore!!!!! This is such a huge victory for me, and so very sensible too! It seems like such a small thing now (just one evening of work) but the days ahead are finally going to be WARM!