It’s been a month since I returned from my trip out west, and therefore it’s been a month since I fiiiinally finished a very special project.
I mentioned it briefly last month, and even sneak peeked the fabrics on Instagram, but my first mention of this project occurred before it was even a project, back in August of last year (!!!): “Saturday Musings: Boycott Thoughts“. I’d found a cool indie pattern line called Waffle Patterns, that didn’t go up to larger sizes. Fast forward to February, when I emailed the designer on a whim, asking about larger sizes. She said she was already on it, and looking for testers for the Cookie Blouson. Was I interested?
WAS I EVER!!!!!
Having never been a pattern tester before, I thought it would be like regular sewing. It was not. It took longer than regular sewing because I was thorough in adhering to the pattern, instructions, and materials as given, to give the designer the best feedback. I was soooo close to finishing Cookie before I left town but got stumped by the front zipper and was unable to work it out before leaving town.
Anyway, I worked it out and the result is a tested pattern and a lovely jacket to send to my best friend! :) And yes, I’m totally squeezing into her jacket for this photo shoot — my size in this jacket is 4-6 bigger than hers, but I used a knit instead of a woven like the pattern calls for. This was an incidental substitution born from the fact my best friend wanted a red and black jacket, and the only red and black fabric I had to spare was an ITY. The lining is scuba, and both cuts came from Fabricmart. The ribbing is from a different online source, and the separating zipper is locally sourced.
As for Waffle Patterns — best instructions I have ever come across. Had I not chosen to make a lining (Cookie is faced, not lined), I would not have had to think about or figure out, anything. The diagrams were perfect and and the text was brief and clear. The pattern pages lined up smoothly, better than any other PDF pattern I’ve worked with, and the pattern pieces matched up exactly. Sewing up Cookie was a joy!