I've known Jenya for some time now. Well, virtually speaking, that is. Because, allas, the lovely lady is living on the other side of the world - you know, that part of the world that is in the middle of winter now, while we are experiencing a heat wave at this very moment - true word Jenya ;). It's a pity she's living in Australia because I feel she's just that kind of woman I'd love to have as a neighbour: caring, friendly, always in for a laugh, and let's not forget about the opportunity for me to be begging her for some suitable sewing thread late in the evening, which I'm sure would work both ways.
I spent a while thinking about what I'd sew for her and the baby. I remembered she mentioned earlier on my blog that she loves red, so the color was very easily set on.
One of Jenya's latest sewing projects was this lovely Little red riding hood jacket. That's when I decided to make her a (unisex winter) jacket. I've adapted the pattern I've used before by redrawing the rounded corners of the front panels, the pointed hat and I added (fake) little pockets so the baby jacket would resemble Jenya's original. I thought it would be fun that R and the newborn can start twinning right from the start :)
|Fabrics: red shetland flannel, Robert Kaufman, cotton sheepskin lining, and for the little pocket, architextures in grey, by Robert Kaufman. All from Petite Couture|
Although the baby jacket closes with (hidden) kam snaps, I decided I wanted to add some purely decorative buttons resembling Jenya's wooden buttons a close as possible. I didn't have any suitable buttons in my stock however, so I turned to Belgian most famous button-collector/blogger who gave me about 10 options - not kidding.
The lining, Jenya, is the cotton sheepskin you were asking me about after that last post. Now you can see and feel it for yourself :)
The jacket is on it's way to Australia right now, and I hope you will receive it safely! I hope you are enjoying this surprise as much as I was taking part in!
If you'd like to see who else is in the conspiracy, take a look here!