Paddington Bear Inspired Jacket

It would be wrong for me to do a crafting blog without acknowledging the pattern and designer that made me think I could do it all!  Honestly, I felt like I could tackle anything after making this.  It’s called the witty boy/girl jacket by Puperita on Etsy.  The extent of my sewing prior to had been the occasional tote bag, simple blankets and the like.  Being able to complete a coat was something I thought I’d never be able to accomplish.

Ethan jacket 3

Once I bought the pattern, I did my usual procrastinating.  It sat in my files for quite a while before I was brave enough to do it.  I wanted fabric that didn’t cheapen the design, but made the most of it.  I happened to have some red wale corduroy and a cute paid that I knew I wouldn’t use for anything else.  This is because I always raid the remnants at Joann and get a little nutty when buying pieces.  Purple crushed velvet?!! Sure, I’ll use that sometime next of never.

Anyhow, you catch my drift.  I’m always buying more fabric than I’ll ever use.  PLUS I make the rookie mistake of buying without a project in mind.  Scandalous, I know.  In this instance, it paid off.  I had everything I needed and just Had to pop into Hobby Lobby because I’d seen buttons that would be perfect for this!

Making of the Bear

So, I always recommend…You guessed it!  Print, cut, trace onto poster board, and cut it out again (or glue it on and cut it out).  This not only allows you to have pieces you can use again, but it makes it much easier to trace pieces as they won’t be moving around on you constantly.

Follow this pattern to the letter and step by step.  If you’re like me and completely new to any kind of seriously structured sewing, go painfully slow.  This is what I did.  I think I read each step at least twice before deciding I could proceed with cutting or sewing.  I’m also certain there were tears involved at one point…After getting past the parts I couldn’t make sense of, I felt like a complete idiot because the instructions really are soooo simple.

Ethan jacket 2

Do yourself a favor and don’t over think it.  She’s done a beautiful job of laying out the instructions and it’s very detailed.  I would recommend making or buying a tailor’s ham for pressing the hood.  Those seams got a bit fiddly.  And, unless you want to poke your eyes out, DON’T use invisible thread!!  I thought it would be nice to not see my stitches when attaching the buttons for the hood.  In hindsight, not being able to “see” the thread is great AFTER the fact.  Sewing with it, not so much.

Pressing, as always, plays a huge part in the final outcome.  If I hadn’t used my iron, this could easily have looked Beck homecky.  Overall, I completed this project in one afternoon.  This is with 4 kids, a newborn, and my pension for stopping every 10 minutes to stare off into space.  I made this for my littlest guy when he was almost 3 months old.  I can’t believe it’s ben that long, but he’s so much bigger now.  AND the jacket still fits!!

Ethan jacket 4

So if you get the itch to make a spring jacket (or if you live in Hades like me, a fall/winter jacket) click the link in the opening paragraph and make one, or ten.  It seriously is one of the best sewing experiences I’ve had.  I contribute that to a great pattern and that feeling of accomplishing the impossible.

Comment and tell me about that one project you thought you’d never do.  We all have one that still haunts us or makes us immensely proud.


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