The cutest pattern in the world, according to me anyway. It's the Oliver and S School Days Jacket and this is the second time I've made it up. The pattern comes together much more easily than it looks. I made this size three with cotton that was supposed to be made into curtains. Then we moved house and I'm now left with 6 x 1m x 140cm pieces of natural heavy weight cotton! Now there's only five pieces left that look destined to become little boys clothes. I used quilting cotton scraps to line the jacket and some acetate lining scraps to line the arms. I put a contrast cotton at the bottom of the sleeve lining because I knew I would be turning up the sleeves. I kind of wish I'd made the arms even shorter - I think it's designed for places that actually get cold, like a real cold and the sleeves have to go over the hands to keep them warm. I used plastic snaps instead of toggles and although they don't look as interesting as toggles, they are far more practical. I left off the pockets as Owen doesn't seen to interested in pockets at the moment and I also shorted the length of the jacket because he's a shortie. You can't really see it in the photos, but I did all the topstitching in a bright blue thread to match the snaps.
Pattern: Oliver + S digital school days jacket and coat pattern, size 3
Fabric: recycled heavy weight cotton, cotton and acetate scraps for lining
Alterations: arms shortened, length shortened, pockets omitted
Here's some pictures of Hugo in the jacket I made for Owen two years ago. This is the size 12-18 months and I didn't make any alterations to the pattern. Since taking these photos, I've added some snaps hidden under the toggles because the toggles have a bad habit of coming undone. Don't you reckon a cute pattern? I'm already dreaming of what fabric I'll make the size 2 and 4 in next winter.