August 26, 2015

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LJC Pattern Hack: Hooded Jean Jacket For Dolls

Looking for a fresh new way to use your favorite LJC patterns -- and maybe make an on-trend, back-to-school piece too? Well, that's just what we have for you this week. 

Giveaway update! We have a winner! It's Judy who said, "My favorite back-to-school supply is binder clips. I teach, and have to manage lots of papers. I’m so glad they make them in colors now."  Judy, we'll be in touch via email soon.

We're going to be combining two LJC classics -- the Denim Jacket, and the Ruched Hoodie -- to make this fun, stylin' jacket.

First, you're going to need some fabric: some sweatshirt-type material (we're using a double sided knit), ribbing, and of course, some denim. A little bit of narrow ribbon in a splashy color is a fun extra...

Then, cut out all the pieces for the denim jacket EXCEPT the collar and the sleeves/cuffs. 

Use the sweatshirt material to cut out the sleeves from the Denim Jacket pattern, and the hood from the Ruched Hoodie pattern.

Grab the Denim Jacket Sleeve Cuff piece, and draw a line 1/2" in from the dots. Fold along this line, and use this new (shorter!) pattern piece to cut two cuff pieces out of ribbing.

Sew the body of the jacket together, following the directions in the guidebook. Stop when you reach the steps for the collar. 

Switch to the Ruched Hoodie guidebook! Sew the hood together following those directions: stitch and finish the rounded, CB edge, then carefully hem the face edge.

Pin your new hood to the jacket's neckline, lining up the hemmed edges with the notches for the collar. Be sure to match Center Back too! 

The hood will be a little longer than the jacket's neck edge, so just ease the extra fabric in gently with your fingers. If your fabric doesn't want to ease, you can always run a couple of gathering threads to help get everything in place.

Fold back the front edges so that they just cover the end of the hood. Stitch. 

Trim corners, and clip into the seam allowance a bit so that it lies flat. 

At this point you have two options: zig-zag/serge the seam allowances, or...cover them with some cute ribbon!

I sewed a piece of ribbon directly over the seam allowance, lining up one edge of the ribbon with my previous stitchline. If you do this, make sure your ribbon begins and ends in the facing. 

Topstitch the bottom edge of the ribbon down to the jacket, sandwiching the seam allowances. When you reach the front edge, pivot, and edgestitch down the front on both sides.

I added a second line of topstitching just below the seamline, for good looks and extra stability. 

Sleeve time!

Fold the cuff piece in half, and stretch it to fit the lower edge of the sleeve.  Pin and stitch. (If you need extra help with this step, just follow the cuff directions in the Ruched Hoodie guidebook. The pieces are shaped a little differently, but the idea is the same.)

Set the sleeves in the jacket, and topstitch. 

Finish off your jacket by sewing the underarm and side seams, adding the waistband, and doing the buttons and buttonholes. 

Congratulations!

Giveaway Time!

Would you like to win this adorable little jacket? Super! We'd love to send it to one lucky winner...

To enter, just leave a comment below finishing this sentence: 

"My favorite back-to-school supply is..."

We'll pick a winner on Monday, Aug 31, and get in touch with the winner by email.

Thanks everybody! It's wonderful, as always, to have you following along.

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda and Cinnamon


100 Comments

Izzy
Izzy

October 26, 2016

My favorite back to school item is fresh colored pencils. I love their new, clean smell!

Cheryl
Cheryl

August 26, 2016

My favorite back to school items were new clothes!!

Jane
Jane

August 20, 2016

My favorite back to school items were all the new clothes!

Loopsy
Loopsy

August 18, 2016

My favorite school supply is a binder! you can customize it and make it look pretty,you can add stickers and anything really! you can also put a lot inside! Its Like a taco XD. I even painted mine,not sure you are supposed to do that tho…i really think that they should make ones that you can like design online and like send it to the store and they would make it for you! well maybe they do i don’t know well anyway i hope that you agree with me!

Kathi O'Mary
Kathi O'Mary

August 02, 2016

My favorite back to school supply was my new shoes. We always wore dresses so I usually got a new pair of penny loafers or brown and white oxfords. Love Love Love your patterns!!!

Judy
Judy

July 19, 2016

My favorite back to school supplies were the new clothes. It was so exciting to go shopping with my mom for clothes.

C. Story
C. Story

July 15, 2016

My favorite school supply is colored markers.

Jean
Jean

June 10, 2016

My favorite supply was a brand new box of crayons, which I open immediately so I can enjoy that amazing aroma.

Jane
Jane

June 03, 2016

My favorite back-to-school supply would be paper. I love to doodle, imagining patterns, jotting down ideas as they come into my head, etc.

Jane
Jane

June 03, 2016

My favorite back-to-school supply would be paper. I love to doodle, imagining patterns, jotting down ideas as they come into my head, etc.

Pat Johansen
Pat Johansen

May 20, 2016

My favorite back to school supply is crayons. I loved the many colors and the smell.

Mariruth
Mariruth

May 15, 2016

New shoes

Cindy
Cindy

May 14, 2016

A brand new backpack was always the best school supply to carry everything!

Ruth E. Chidley
Ruth E. Chidley

May 13, 2016

My favorite back to school supply would be new crayons. I love to “color” and draw even today along with my grandkids.
I should mention my favorite school “supply” would be one of the bus drivers because he is my husband…lol! After a full career in the USAF he now drives some of our precious future leaders to school.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

May 13, 2016

My favorite would be a new box of crayons! I always loved to draw and color! Excellent tutorial! Thank you so much!

Jennifer Myrick
Jennifer Myrick

May 13, 2016

my favorite back to school supply is the back packs. every year we look for a cool funky unusual one that no one else has. we have quite the collection so far.

Virginia Goodwin-Gray
Virginia Goodwin-Gray

May 13, 2016

I can’t wait until school supplies come out to find pretty composition books and 3 ring binders. The plain ones are boring.

Sharon
Sharon

May 13, 2016

My favorite back to school supply was new pencils. The smell of the freshly sharpened pencils and fall in the air was wonderful. I loved school and still enjoy learning new things!

ginger
ginger

May 13, 2016

my favorite………..new shoes!

LINDA
LINDA

May 13, 2016

My favorite school supply would be a make a matching back to school outfit for the 18 in doll and my grand daughter.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn

May 13, 2016

My favorite school supply is binders. There are so many styles and patterns that it is sometimes hard to choose!

Deb
Deb

May 13, 2016

My favorite back to school supplies are spiral notebooks. You can never have too many of them! I still buy them every year & give some to the grandkids, keep some in the house and also keep a stash in my sewing room.

Bea Gallo-Ray
Bea Gallo-Ray

May 13, 2016

I love all your patterns… My favorite back-to-school item is a brand new box of crayons. Nothing better than seeing all those colors with sharp new points.

Kendra
Kendra

May 13, 2016

My favorite back to school supply is pencils and erasers because you can get them in different colors ,shapes, and sizes.

Julie Birkes
Julie Birkes

May 13, 2016

My favorite back-to-school supply is glitter pens! I loved using colorful pens when taking notes in class and it has carried over to me using colorful pens at my office job!!

Annlee
Annlee

May 13, 2016

My favorite school supplies is new clothes. Also pencil and paper.

Cheryl Dizmang
Cheryl Dizmang

May 13, 2016

My favorite school supply was a new Kate Greenway dress that had a hidden pocket for all those little notes that you would write to your friends behind your teachers back!!!!

Bonnie
Bonnie

May 13, 2016

My favorite back to school supplies are back packs to hold all the other supplies

Laurie
Laurie

May 13, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to show all of us the “How Tos” on making this hooded jacket.
It was very helpful. To complete the sentence …My favorite Back To School supplies was the notebook. Each year there was a new kind of notebook. Back in the day…we did not even have backpacks otherwise I would have to say a new backpack.

Vickey
Vickey

April 25, 2016

My favorite was art supplies for art class. Had the same art teacher from 6th grade till I graduated from high school. Mr C was such an influence in my life that I earned a fine arts degree at the age of 45!!!!

Patricia Horton
Patricia Horton

March 25, 2016

I love hoodies, denim jackets. They are so comfortable. I also love a pencil with #2 lead wirh veey sharp tips. They make wriiting pretty. Teachers like that.
Marsha
Marsha

March 25, 2016

NEw clothes and sneakers! (I ove shoes!)

Deanna Currie
Deanna Currie

March 24, 2016

My favorite is glue. It solves many every day problems. When school starts, you can see me in the store loading up on glue sticks.

Eileen Wiley
Eileen Wiley

March 23, 2016

My favorite school supply was crayons. I love art work.

Eileen Wiley
Eileen Wiley

March 22, 2016

My favorite back to school is Grant school in Rock Island, IL. To see all my friends again. I loved the little kitchen in the kinder garden room . The wooden puzzles. And the teacher. Whom I med 36 years later, and told her what a good influence she made on me.

GAIL
GAIL

November 30, 2015

My favorite school supply was a dress my mother took hours to make for me then I wore a sweater over the top of it and buttoned it all the way for pictures. Not a great idea. But loved the dress.

Isjah NY,cha garrett
Isjah NY,cha garrett

October 29, 2015

How much does it cost

Cathrine
Cathrine

October 06, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is school!!! I love grammar!!!

Lucy
Lucy

September 29, 2015

My fsvourite back to school was my brand new uniforms :)

Sheryl
Sheryl

September 25, 2015

I wanted to find some back to school supply nobody else had for my grandchildren this fall. We scoured boutiques and fairs. No luck. But my granddaughter found a clip on pen/lipgloss that she LOVED! (It is on a pull out like janitors use). She was more than happy. Add that to bright colored mini pens and a pretty mini note book for a home run! She felt special and ready to go to school.

Shirley H
Shirley H

September 25, 2015

I was in grade school in the 50’s and we were very poor. I was always excited to get new pencils.

Donna
Donna

September 18, 2015

Thanks so much for the tutorials for variations on previous patterns! It really aids my own creativity in combining pattern pieces for new looks and styles.

Cindy
Cindy

September 15, 2015

My favorite back to school supplies were “new” clothes. (The clothes were new to me, however they were hand me downs from the Salvation Army Store.) When my mother got done with them, ie… washing, sewing of needed, ironing, they all looked & felt brand new to me. I never knew they came from Salvation Army. The under garments were brand new. I also was the oldest of 5 so any hand me downs would come from our neighbors children that were older than me. " THE GOOD OLD DAYS"

Donna
Donna

September 11, 2015

My favourite back to school supply is crayons/markers/coloured pencils. I love the colour they can add to any project!

Usha Rautenbach
Usha Rautenbach

September 08, 2015

My favourite school supply is sadly too late to enter the contest, but I just had to say – last year’s Office Depot mini binders with mini three-hole paper to match, so you could have exactly the right size (one third scale) binder for your doll as you bought for yourself, full-size. I LOVE this pattern hack! Brilliant

Janet Mahoney
Janet Mahoney

September 04, 2015

My fav back to school supply is an eraser because I want everything spelled correctly.

Emma
Emma

September 04, 2015

My favorite back to school item is colored pencils cause I love drawing and taking noted in color

Emma
Emma

September 04, 2015

My favorite back to school item is colored pencils cause I love drawing and taking noted in color

Linda Wernette
Linda Wernette

September 02, 2015

“My favorite back-to-school supply is pencils! Lots and lots of pencils!

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

September 02, 2015

Like Julia M H., I’m very curious who won this adorable hooded jacket???

Julia M H.
Julia M H.

September 01, 2015

Who Won!!!!!!!!!

Denise B
Denise B

September 01, 2015

My favorite back-to-school supply is..pens…..lots and lots of colored pens. I love writing in festive colors. It’s fun and readers seem to enjoy reading something in other than plain black or blue.

Rena
Rena

August 31, 2015

My favorite back to school supply, is a witty folder. She pencils an stuff are great, but sometimes when you’re feeling down, you need a funny folder that makes you laugh. This is also a great way to get in trouble for laughing out loud in class!

P.s this little jacket is to-die-for! This style is sooo on trend right now.

Rena
Rena

August 31, 2015

My favorite back to school supply, is a witty folder. She pencils an stuff are great, but sometimes when you’re feeling down, you need a funny folder that makes you laugh. This is also a great way to get in trouble for laughing out loud in class!

P.s this little jacket is to-die-for! This style is sooo on trend right now.

Rena
Rena

August 31, 2015

My favorite back to school supply, is a witty folder. She pencils an stuff are great, but sometimes when you’re feeling down, you need a funny folder that makes you laugh. This is also a great way to get in trouble for laughing out loud in class!

P.s this little jacket is to-die-for! This style is sooo on trend right now.

Moriah
Moriah

August 31, 2015

My favorite school supply is my computer. It is really convenient for the teachers and the students except for when kids are playing games during class!

Dawn
Dawn

August 31, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is composition journals. I make art journals in them and my granddaughters work in theirs when they come over. My older granddaughters have filled several each and love to look back through them and through mine. I have six granddaughters, so I stock up during back to school time.

margaret
margaret

August 31, 2015

I love pencils – especially sharpening pencils. The beauty of the sharp graphite tips – the feel and scent of the wood shavings.

Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams

August 31, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is backpack . You can get more then one and match them with your outfits .

Sharon
Sharon

August 30, 2015

My favorite back to school supplies were number 2 pencils with the erasers that went on top of the pencil over the eraser that was already there.

Linda wernette
Linda wernette

August 30, 2015

Just when I think you’ve come out with the best pattern ever you go and do it again. This hoody jacket combo is the sweetest! I hope there is a pattern!

Jane W
Jane W

August 30, 2015

My favorite back-to-school supply is a new notebook…stocked with college-rule paper, a couple of pens, and new neon highlighters!

Barb
Barb

August 30, 2015

Wonderful idea and just darling.

Mary Margaret Petty
Mary Margaret Petty

August 30, 2015

My favorite back-to-school supply is a new coat!! With Fall setting in & looking forward to snow, always appreciated a new coat! I was growing fast when I was back in school & I knew that my coat that I appreciated the year before was going to someone who’s family could not probably afford one for their daughter. With my folks getting me one to cherish again for the new school year, it was like “I” was going to make another girl’s Winter a bit happier & more comfortable.

Thanks for a chance to win this darling new combined pattern coat – so stylish!! :o)
Mary Margaret

MARY
MARY

August 30, 2015

Mine was #2 pencils and I still have a love of them :)

Melinda Cieslinski
Melinda Cieslinski

August 30, 2015

Ah, the smells of back to school. The coordinated outfit, the really cool shoes, and the wonderful box of Crayolas – had to be the name brand. Mmmmm, smelled sooo good ;)

Theresa
Theresa

August 30, 2015

I love a brand new box of Crayola crayons!

Diana D
Diana D

August 30, 2015

My favorite school item was new tennis shoes for gym class.

Debbie
Debbie

August 30, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is colorful spiral notebooks and new pencils. I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils!

Betty
Betty

August 30, 2015

I grew up quite poor and had many siblings to share you things. My favorite thing for back to school was either new shoes (they fit and had yo last a year) or crayons the all had the tips!

Maureen Mangan
Maureen Mangan

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school items were new clothes, shoes and new notebooks for my new subjects.

Karen Ann
Karen Ann

August 29, 2015

new crayolya crayons and paper!!!

charismaj
charismaj

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is new clothes and a new backpack!

Mary Jane
Mary Jane

August 29, 2015

I was in grade school in 1940 so any new school supplies were wonderful!

Chrystal T
Chrystal T

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school supply are pens and pencils.

Haneen
Haneen

August 29, 2015

My favourite back to school supply is a new pencil case because I love choosing the fun designs!

Frances
Frances

August 29, 2015

I looked forward to new clothes not hand me downs and new crayons

Janis Garrison
Janis Garrison

August 29, 2015

My favorite was new PE shoes looked forward to having shoes that didn’t hurt my feet. One year when I got new shoes and left them in my locker ( we had to leave them in the locker all week an take home on Friday) went back the next day and they were gone. My mom bought me very cheep shoes after that and no one stole them an my feet always hurt.

Cristina
Cristina

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is new notebooks and new backpack

Connie
Connie

August 29, 2015

My flexible rubber Calculator from Staples. It was a popular attraction with other students as well.

Helen
Helen

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school supplies were the new box of crayons. I felt especially lucky if I could have a box of 48 !

Stephanie M-M
Stephanie M-M

August 29, 2015

My favorite back to school supplies were sharp new pencils and a new binder. I always wanted a trapper keeper binder.

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee

August 29, 2015

New crayons were my favorite. Of course it was short lived since it wouldn’t be long before one broke.

Diana
Diana

August 29, 2015

My favorite back-to-school supply was fresh new markers. Great jacket tutorial! Thanks for posting! Is it available as a downloadable pdf?

Darlene Bulford
Darlene Bulford

August 28, 2015

Favorite school supply, new crayons, pencils, and pens

Barb Miller
Barb Miller

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supplies are erasers, pen and note card.

Brenda
Brenda

August 28, 2015

I loved that brand new box of 64 crayons with the pencil sharpener! Every color under the rainbow! Also the furry feet stickers we put on our 3 ring binders! Yes, I am a 70’s girl!

Diane
Diane

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply my my class schedule and locker combination. So I knew where my classes were and had a place to put all those books we had to carry. Plus the clothes I worked for picking blueberries all summer. Psst….I hate blueberries and was the only one that didn’t eat them.

Melanie
Melanie

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is a roomy backpack with plenty of room for everything one can possibly need for school! :)

Crystal D
Crystal D

August 28, 2015

A great binder with dividers

diane o.
diane o.

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is the note I put in my daughter’s back pack on the first day of school telling her I love her and wishing her a great day. I have done this for years and she even looks forward to it. Last year I put it in a different part of her back pack and when she got home she asked why I hadn’t written her a note. I showed her where it was and she smiled and hugged me. She may be a tween but she still loves the “tradition”.

Jolene
Jolene

August 28, 2015

My favorite back-to-school supply is color pens with very fine points in all the colors of the rainbow and notebooks of paper to match the colors of the pens….then get sticky notes in those colors and maybe even folders. LOVE LOVE all the bright happy colors they make these days…they were not so varied when I was still in school and you will find my office supplies full of the happy colors now.
cannot wait to make this jacket for my granddaughter’s dolls!

Linda N
Linda N

August 28, 2015

I loved having new crayons. I loved that they were sharp and each in their place. I also loved having brand new notebooks. Wonderful memories!!

Patricia Horton
Patricia Horton

August 28, 2015

My favorite was the new clothes I got to pick out for myself. I still remember the felt twirly skirt my Mom bought me one year. It had cut-out records and a profile of Elvis on it. I loved that skirt! Then I wore it to school. still a country school at that time. everyone made fun of me. My teacher said she felt sorry for me if that was all my parents could afford for me. I never wore that skirt again. But I still love new clothes!! even though I no longer go to school, I still stock up on all the pretty colors of bound notebooks. never now when someone might need one, or need to write something down.

Marjory W.
Marjory W.

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is/was notebooks. I have always loved clean, fresh notebooks in which to write and make lists.

judith martinez
judith martinez

August 28, 2015

Brand new crayons!

janet herman
janet herman

August 28, 2015

new paint brushes and new shoes

Donna D
Donna D

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is crayons that are different colors.

Sharon
Sharon

August 28, 2015

My favorite school supplies are erasers. They always give me a second chance.

Cathy
Cathy

August 28, 2015

My favorite back to school supply is my backpack because I can carry my notebooks, pens etc and ride in my Moms big backpack to real school.i love answereing questions about the fun things we do together at recess in the safety of her backpack

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