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Sweet Pea Denim Jacket

Added Nov 4, 2008

by ginko

Brussels, Belgium






This baby or toddler jacket, in soft blue denim with pretty pink velvet and crème lace accents is made from a pair of cast-offs jeans. Worn denim has a wonderful soft hand-feel and texture that can be re-made into “new” clothes for toddlers, giving the clothes a romantic, charming and very hip look for very little time or budget. I made this as a baby gift and it was inspired by photographs of antique doll’s clothing and my interest to re-cycle and make by hand.

Material Notes

A pair of cast-off jeans – adult size;

4 1/2 yards x 1 3/8” crème cotton lace;

1 1/2 yards x ½” wide pink crushed velvet ribbon;

Thread to match the denim, the lace and also a shade deeper than the denim (I used black, but ochre is another option);

The front, back and front side panel pattern pieces;

Your sewing machine and sewing basket.




Garment Type

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    Dec 23, 2008, 05.18 AMby halfdime

    This is adorable, I’d wear it! But, I think I’ll make my daughter one first. Thank you for sharing such a sweet pattern!

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      Jan 11, 2010, 07.28 PMby ginko

      thank you for your kind words. i loved making it, it was a baby gift! on my blog are the sewing details.

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      Feb 12, 2010, 08.19 PMby ginko

      Sorry for writing you only now. I do hope that you made one for your daughter and also for yourself. Happy sewing!

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    Nov 4, 2008, 09.16 AMby ginko

    this is my first time to upload a sewing project and my photos are cropped. I welcome and am grateful for any advice. And where do I put the instructions …? I guess right here -

    Cut the denim: Wash your jeans. Cut the jean legs off and cut them open along the inseam. Press them open and lay them flat on the table. Lay your pattern pieces on them to decide the best placements (the straight grain is usually down the center of the jeans.) When you are happy with the placement, pin and cut out your pieces. —Note: I cut the right side pieces from one leg and the left side pieces from the other leg, and in this way I balanced the worn denim texture. Soak the denim pieces and tumble dry to get the softly frayed edges. Press.

    Sew the jacket: Sew the front side panel to the front piece. Ease the side panel excess into two tucks. Sew dart. Sew the center back seams. Press all seams. Sew the overarm seam and press. Sew the underarm seam, clip and press.

    Sew on lace: Cut off a 12” strip of lace and reserve for the back bow detail. Starting at the bottom sideseam, pin the lace all around the outer edge of the jacket with ¼” tucks about ¾”. —Note: Narrow the amount the lace extends beyond the denim edge to ½” around the neck to the waist point. Baste in place, remove pins and sew with a zigzag stitch, ¼” from the denim edge with the denim thread in the needle and the crème thread in the bobbin. Repeat around the cuffs. Remove basting. Finish with a row of hand running stitches, using the contrasting thread, ½” from the denim edge.

    Sew on the Ribbon: Cut two strips of velvet, 12” long. Attach each strip, with a ½” fold back, to one end of the front darts. Sew securely with hand stitches using the crème thread. Cut the loose velvet ends on a diagonal. Make a back velvet bow, with a 2 ½” spread. Tack at the center back waist with a 12” strip of lace folded in half, underneath. Cut velvet and lace ends on a diagonal.

    Finishing: Trim any really gangly denim thread ends. Knot securely all threads. The jacket is adorable layered over a pretty dress, or knit t-shirt and leggings with pretty boots.

    Check out my blog: http://21centurydressmakers.blogspot.com

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