i'd scoured the google for a tutorial on how to sew up a simple jacket, and after perusing this one, i felt pretty good about what i was going to attempt. using the bean's jacket as a guide, i traced around it and cut out a pattern to use for the silver pleather i'd bought at joann's.
i had a full yard to work with, but really only needed about half of it. now i get to figure out a different use for the rest of the stuff.
using the tips in that tutorial and using what little sewing skills i've acquired in the last couple of years, i managed to put a pretty decent jacket together. of course, this was not without a few bumps in the road - although i'd decided to make it really simple and leave it unlined, i just didn't like how it looked with the seams for the sleeves clearly visible. i did french seams for the sides, which always looks better to me, but i ended up scouring through my fabric stash and finding a nice length of magenta satin. i had just enough to fully line the sleeves and the sides, but came up a bit short for the rest. oops. plus, the sleeves were a little too big for the opening in the jacket itself and i ended up making a couple of pleats at the top. but i kind of liked how it ended up - slightly more girly than the original jacket i was trying to copy. and then i realized that i'd screwed up and should've lined the sleeves before setting them in the body. crap. oh, well.
but i'm crafty - i decided that if forever 21 could do partial lining in their jackets, so could i. besides, i figure that this thing's only going to be worn for a few hours during the concert anyway, right?
i added the stars to the front and back of the jacket, and then compared it to the bean's much nicer ready-made, professionally done jacket.
when she saw what i was doing, she was more than willing to try it on and be my model.
it's not too bad, right? i skipped a collar (since the jacket that the band wears doesn't have one either) and didn't bother with a zipper or snaps (too complicated for this novice).
we put it in the mail to our friend, and a couple of days later she sent me a link to a video of her daughter excitedly wearing it. i was so pleased to see that it fit her perfectly, and that they weren't too put off by my amateurish attempt.
so fun, right? had i not been able to find that one for the bean, i would totally have her wear my homemade version.
oh, and i finally told her about going to the concert this weekend. i wish i would've recorded her reaction - she lit up like a christmas tree and is so excited. ah, it's gonna be such a great day.
(did you see what i did there, fellow FBB parents? heh.)