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Girls New Look 6445 Ikat Jacket

Both the colour and print of this Ikat Style Fabric appealed to me immediately. The original idea had been to make a cushion or some other project for my daughter’s bedroom, as she loves mint green, but unexpected circumstances prompted a change of plan.

It’s handy when you have the fabric and pattern combination that solve an unanticipated challenge! At the end of June, I received a phone call from school telling me that my nearly-11-year-old had fallen in the playground and had injured her hand. By the end of the afternoon we’d discovered that she had both broken and dislocated her little finger, and her arm was in a cast up to her elbow, with minor surgery following a few days later.

The sudden need for loose sleeved garments in an unusually hot summer motivated me to get on and sew. I had a pattern that seemed to suit it well – New Look 6445 – and with patterns like this that have potential for multiple variations in both my daughters’ sizes, I trace the required pattern pieces onto greaseproof or tracing paper. It can be a challenge to get them all back into the envelope afterwards!

I had one metre of the fabric to work with and found that it was easiest to fit the pattern pieces by cutting with the cross grain, rather than the grain of the fabric. Doing this enabled me to make best use of what I had without losing the necessary ease in the sleeves and body of the jacket.

Once the pattern pieces – just four! - were cut out quickly and all the raw edges were overlocked using a three thread narrow stitch to give a neat finish. To allow more space for movement, I reduced the seam allowance to 1cm, which also enabled the fabric to ease around the curved seams without needing to trim it further. I pressed and turned 1cm hems on the sleeves and around the neck, front and lower edges, then topstitched them in place.

The fabric is of a lovely weight; it has some body whilst still retaining drape and movement, and worked well for this project. It would be wonderful for patchwork or quilting but as a medium weight cotton, it would also have great potential with a pattern like the Stevie from Tilly and the Buttons.

All in all, it’s been a big hit here and is still being worn regularly even after the cast was removed and the little finger thoroughly healed!

Thanks for reading,

Eleanor @ nelnanandnora

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