Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DIY Cropped Toddler Jacket

Every time there is any mention of scheduling family pictures, I immediately become obsessed with finding the perfect outfits for everyone to wear. My extended family is planning family pictures in October, so of course, I already know what we're all going to wear. We're going for fall colors and my little family will be wearing olive green, orange, and tan. I found a fabulous orange dress on summer clearance for my 2-year old, but since the photos will be taken at the end of October, I figured I should plan on cooler weather. So I figured I'd whip up a little jacket for her to wear over her sundress.

Luckily, I found the perfect tutorial from The Sewing Rabbit for a "Gathered Pocket Jacket."

Be sure to click through and check out the photos and tutorial. The tutorial was very easy to follow and turned out super cute! I made a few modifications, which I'll explain below.

My original idea was to make Violet a military-ish jacket in olive green. I found some olive green polka dot fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby and my idea evolved. Here is how mine turned out:

Since I opted for a lighter-weight cotton, the jacket's drape isn't quite what I was hoping for. I lined it with silky ivory lining and added some lace detail on the pockets. My jacket ended up with a different neckline than the original, so instead of using buttons, I folded the corners back and tacked them down with a couple of stitches so it has lapels.

I think that, all things considered, it turned out really well and Violet loves her "coat." Since I still have 6 weeks until family photos, I'll probably mess around with it some more to see if I can get it fitting better (i.e., narrowing the sleeves). 



  1. Hi Krissy, I'm sure Violet is loving her coat, it's super cute and she is rocking it! Make sure you post those family pictures so we can see the evolution of the jacket and of course more cuteness!
    Thank you so much for linking it up at the Fluster Buster Party. Have a great week, Lizy party co-host

    1. Thanks Lizy! I'll definitely post an update later on.

  2. What a cute coat! I am sure she loves it. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

    I'd love for you to link your outfit to our Fall Clothing Party!!!

    1. Thanks for the invite Chelsea! I popped over to your Fall Clothing Party and linked up a skirt and hopefully I'll remember to link up again on the "outerwear" day. :)


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