If you cannot read the whole review, just hear this: SO gratifying; simple instructions, makes me want to sew a gazillion; feel like a million bucks; wear ours daily because they’re warm, comfy, and stunning; makes me feel like a Proverbs 31 woman–providing for our needs and my family!! Now, let’s get to the details…
The moment I saw the child’s Ollie Bomber jacket by Sew A Little Seam, I just had to snatch it. I bought a plain toddler bomber from Target the year before, and thinking of the endless possibilities with all the gorgeous fabrics out there, I knew I was already in love.
Pattern designer Kelly Ballou kindly created a free size 2T version after making her gorgeous quilted floral version shown here:
I grabbed the full pattern, though, because I knew I’d need them for all of my little ladies.
Wise decision. That gorgeous fabric? None other than Pretty Posh Prints.
Thank the heavens I got to test this little number because it got me in gear to sew up both patterns; and (wo)man were they MUCH simpler than I would have thought. Kelly’s explanations are crisp and what I was already used to just from sewing garments like tees, dresses, and joggers. The pattern came together so nicely–and for those of you worried that there’s a long shiny object in the middle of the jacket, worry no longer! I have a zipper presser foot and didn’t even use it! I was much more comfortable with my regular foot, and it came together like butter.
In the final steps, turning the jacket right-side out and seeing all of the “pieces” slither out from the inside was like watching birth. It’s a pretty amazing thing.
Did I mention the jackets are reversible? I lined ours (included in the instructions) with cotton lycra from MLCameron Fabrics, so there are no seams on the inside; it’s just gorgeous. I kind of want to eat it.
My jacket, by the way, was from some soft pique poly lycra (like liverpool) from Fabric.com. I have two more Ollie’s already on my sewing table for my 4-year-old and 1-year-old. Sometimes, a pattern that is so gratifying is a once-in-a-lifetime sew. You dust your hands off and never return to it. This isn’t that one. You’ll probably find a reason to “need” a jacket every year. We know we will…