The sew along walks you through each section of the make, from choosing fabrics and designing your Parka, to cutting out and sewing it up.
The design is a cute hooded top with midi length sleeves, elastic at the neckline and a drawstring at the waist. It is from Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, and I have gushed before about how wonderful I think this book is - truly worth getting if you are sewing for children.
I chose to try my hand at refashioning. My darling husband was about to throw away a rather lovely soft blue cotton shirt which was too scruffy at collar, wrists and armpits to be worth donating to the charity shop, but had plenty of usable fabric nonetheless.
As it was an old shirt, I decided to include the button placket, but sew it down to make it only decorative.
Because I wanted to keep this feature, I decided to omit the drawstring tie at the bottom. To be honest, little one is only four, so I doubt he'd be able to tie it anyway. This way he'll be able to take it on and off without adult help.
I rather like the way it gathers around the middle button placket - it gives it a cool vibe. The cotton is thin, so this will be perfect on hot sunny days down on the beach. And if it gets wet due to excessive paddling, it will air-dry in no time.
It is rather nice to have made a wearable top out of what was going to end up in the bin. This is all that was left of the shirt, so near to zero waste again:
I enjoyed making the parka and it has been lovely seeing what everyone else has made: there are some fine versions out there. But... I am not sure I would do it again. I've found it hard sewing to a deadline. It has resulted in an okay make, but definitely not my best or neatest sewing. I have to remind myself I'm sewing because I enjoying the process, not to be the quickest or the best! Having said that, it was nice to feel we were all doing it together. For the moment, I am undecided.
I think the boy looks mighty fine in his hooded parka, and I'm looking forward to him wearing it over the summer.
Next, to make something for... ME!