Wow! Winter has really struck with some force this week. Talk about cold old days and lots of snow on the mountains. Lucky for us, our house was designed to be super warm without the use of too much heating, so we are always nice and toasty inside. The problem is, we don't get rugged up enough when we leave the house because I don't realise how cold it actually is outside until we are in the thick of it!
It's been awhile since I last made a Downtown Boy jacket and was a nice change to sew something small. Tommy is now nice and warm, ready for our winter outings.
I made him a size 1 as he is still little (but turns 2 next month!) and there is plenty of growing room for winter and maybe even next year too. My preferred insulation for making both Downtown Boy and Uptown Girl jackets is quilt wadding. I do specify using Pellon on the pattern cover, which is fine, but lately I have been using quilt wadding and am really happy with the warmth and snuggliness it gives. Plus, it feels a little less synthetic than Pellon.
The exterior jacket fabric is one of my favourite prints. I've used a heap of it before and had to re-order for the jacket. (The only place I could find it online was Duckcloth, but it looks like they've sold out now too!) And yep, besides the scarlet door, it does match the front of the house. Not intentional, but obviously showing my love for the charcoal, white, green combination!
I had intended to release this pattern in big sizes (6-10 years) for winter, so while I was in the right frame of mind I got to work yesterday and started nutting out the up-size. Should only be a couple of weeks and I'll have it ready for anyone who is wanting to sew it for their big boy this winter!
Make It Perfect, Downtown Boy pattern
Jennifer Moore, Monaluna, Hip to Be Square in Steel
Robert Kaufman, Pure Organic Solids in Chartreuse