Maya has been asking for a Hanna Andersson fleece jacket. Why? Because I handed her the catalog a couple of weeks ago when I was trying to cook dinner. Maya LOVES clothes so I thought it would keep her busy for a few minutes. It did but then she decided she wanted a $52 Marshmallow hoodie. Don't get me wrong - I love Hanna Andersson- but the prices make their stuff "sometimes" purchases. Or I get my Hanna Andersson fix at Costco. I do splurge on the PJs for Sam though. His sensory issues make night clothing options a bit limited and he likes the jammies so he gets them.
Anyway, back to Maya. I haven't worked much with fleece but I figured I could probably make jacket myself. I used a couple of old jackets as models and drew a pattern. It took about a yard of fleece. With sale prices/teacher discount the fleece, zipper, and thread probably cost around $12.
It came together really well and I am very pleased. The one think that irks me is that one pocket is about 1/8-1/4 of an inch higher than the other. It happened when I attached the zipper. EVen though everything was lined up before sewing, the fleece is thick and cushy and it shifts every so slightly under the presser foot. I re-did it but the result was the same. For now I am leaving it. When she has the jacket on, you can't tell.
I am going to make one more and then I will try to upload my pattern as a PDF if anyone wants to use it.