When I saw a tester call for the Softshell Jacket from Gracious Threads, I was so excited! I took a trip to my local Jo-Ann Fabrics store and asked if they had any softshell fabric, and the lady looked at me like I was crazy. She had no idea what I was talking about. I ended up getting some fleece, so that I could complete my jacket during the testing time, but I definitely intend to order some softshell fabric from an online store. If you have any recommendations for where to get softshell, please leave a comment below!
This pattern is full of fun details! The zippered welt pockets were so much easier than I thought they would be. My daughter wanted to use some fun fabric for the lining, and I love that a basic jacket can have some hidden donuts in the pockets.
The front of the jacket has an option for piping. I made my own piping to match my zippers and give a fun pop of color to the jacket. I am still working on getting my piping to line up perfectly, and I have some new techniques to try out on my next jacket that I learned from the other testers. In fact, I was all set to make a second jacket when I realized that one of my zippers had gone missing. Does that happen in your sewing room too? My girls had been in there choosing zippers for another project I am working on, but they all claim that they have no idea what happened to the missing zipper. As soon as my missing zipper appears, I will be sewing up another jacket.
In the hood I added the elastic shock cording and barrel locks. I ordered the barrel locks with one opening in them, and then added a bead to keep the cord from pulling back through. I love that Gracious Threads includes tips and ideas (like this bead trick) throughout the pattern instructions. You can also use a barrel lock with two openings, and then you won’t need the bead. I know the elastic cording in the hood will help keep my daughter extra warm this winter. In my next jacket, I am considering adding some cording to the bottom hem as well.
Gracious Threads has generously offered to allow me to giveaway a Softshell Jacket pattern! The pattern will be on sale for $6.75 (regular price $8.50) until 8/25.
Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics
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