I had a wonderful experience with Organic Cotton Plus when I reviewed some of their cotton knit last summer so I was very excited when they contacted me again to try out some of their other fabrics. I have been wanting to make my daughter a classic jacket for the spring so I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. I chose to use their 100% organic cotton twill in chili pepper red. It's a beautiful, sturdy fabric. It washed up well and has the perfect amount of crispness for such a project. I was very excited about the color once it arrived as well - a deep red that looks rich and classic, although I must admit that it was a hard decision to choose a color (I love this honey and olive color as well). Not only am I thrilled with how the jacket turned out, but I also love the fact that I know that the fabric that it is created with is an eco-friendly product, and a healthy choice for her skin.
Pattern : Burda 9501 Materials Used: The main fabric is 100% Organic Cotton Twill in Chili Pepper Red from Organic Cotton Plus. I lined the jacked with some cotton from my stash in this fun NYC map print. Sizing: One of the best things about this pattern is the sizing. My daughter measured right as a 4T according to their chart and the jacket actually fits her correctly. It has a nice slim cut to it too. This never happens with big name pattern companies so I was very pleasantly surprised. Changes Made: I cut 1/8"off of the outside edge of the bottom collar piece to help it roll correctly (something that I picked up at PATTERN MAKING class). I also omitted the back tab and shifted the button placement so that the bottom on was about 2 inches lower. The Good: I really love the fit and design of this jacket. It's super classic and chic. I am made at myself for cutting straight into the pattern because I can see myself making my daughter a new one of these every spring in a new fabric. Once again I am just so pleased with the fit. The Bad: Oh man, the directions were just bad. Especially when it came to the collar. I feel like I pretty much just had to figure it out myself. So consider yourself warned that if you are going to make this pattern make sure that you are a patient person. There is also a lot of hand sewing especially when it comes to hemming and it gets a little tricky doing so with the lining. Conclusion: Despite the bad instructions I will certainly be making this one again. I am very excited about the end result and I can't wait for it to get a bit warmer so that she can wear it.