The Oliver+S sunday brunch jacket was one of my first sewing projects for E. I was so unsure of myself that my mother in law kindly made the button holes on the coat because I was so nervous I’d mess everything up (little E wearing her jacket here). I made the size 2 and she’s worn it up until this fall, despite it being short. It is one of the most-worn items I’ve ever made and I just love the pattern. With the bias binding inside it feels so lovely and finished even without using a serger.
My pattern only goes up to a size 3 but I figured that E could still squeeze into the jacket if I made it right now and added length. I’ve been thinking about this jacket since the summer. Contemplating fabric choices. Decided how I wanted to alter the pattern this go around. And now I finally got it made.
I love the original pattern but I always felt it would be nice with a hood. I love hoods. So I used the hood pattern from the Oliver+S school days coat (size 3). I deepened the neckline a bit and rounded out the front sections of the bodice in a very unscientific way to make the hood fit. I also added 3 inches to the length and 1 inch to the sleeve.
The main fabric is Andover Chambay in eggplant with Heather Ross Far Far Away for the lining and shot cotton for the bias binding. I really like Andover Chambray- the colors are gorgeous and it doesn’t wrinkle as much as similar fabrics. The buttons are sort of eccentric and from a local yarn shop. Why is it that yarn shops have so much better buttons than fabric stores?
About halfway through applying the many pieces of bias binding (I even did those arms!) I realized it would have been much easier to make a complete lining and would have given the lightweight chambray a bit more heft. But I do like the little pop of green that the bias adds and it feels like a signature part of this pattern.
I’m happy to have made this pattern twice before E outgrows it. With the added length this jacket should last a while. Which is handy since the weather has turned downright chilly this last week.