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


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Sam
Sam

September 06, 2020

My favorite back to school supplies used to be the art supplies.

Sam
Sam

September 06, 2020

My favorite back to school supplies used to be the art supplies.

Cynthia W.
Cynthia W.

September 04, 2020

When I was growing up, it was getting new saddle shoes. They were what my dad required us to wear, but at the beginning of the school year, they were all bright and clean.

Jan
Jan

September 04, 2020

I don’t remember if I got new school clothes at the beginning of the school year or a little later when the weather was cooler. Mother made many of my clothes, but one year-third grade I think, I had green jeans and maybe red jeans. Nobody else had them. I loved my green jeans which Mother ordered from a catalog. One year she bought me a ballpoint pen that had red, blue, and green ink that could be changed from one color to another. Those were the favorites that I remember. That was a longggggggggggggg time ago. The jacket is precious!

CATHIE
CATHIE

September 04, 2020

Thank you for the opportunity to think back and recall pleasant childhood memories.
My favorite back to school item was a new lunch pail. I would beg for the hot pink Barbie lunch pail. My mom had other ideas. She bought little wicker baskets for my sister and I. She purchased a used industrial Singer sewing machine and made little blue gingham napkins to cover the lunch items in the basket. We looked like little red riding hoods in blue. Sixty years later the basket and napkin are long gone but I still have that sewing machine. My mom loved us dearly. She would stay up until the wee hours of the morning sewing matching dresses for my sister and I. She had cams to make decorative stitches and used them to embellish baby doll clothes. She made prairie girl bonnets for us to wear to the village sentennial and matching vests and now ties for my brother and dad. She made curtains, bedspreads, quilts and pillows for our new house. I learned to sew using that machine when I joined 4-H. I still use her machine to sew doll clothes for the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and Stuff the Bus. I never thought a new doll was a great gift unless it came with a change of clothing. The more clothes the better! Thank you for the memories!

Nedra
Nedra

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school supplies was material to make new clothes for that year of school. My favorite thing back then was to be able to sit down and sew. My mom and I would buy several patterns and take what we liked from them and make what we or I wanted for clothes. Fun Mother daughter time!! Love this little jacket! So adorable!!

Karen
Karen

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school supply was having color matching folders and notebooks.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

September 04, 2020

I never had the chance to have a favorite school supply. We were so poor that I used to hate the first day of school. I would see all the other kids with their new crayons, notebooks etc., I just sat there and wonder when I would ever get to have new crayons or paper to write my name down. The teacher would always hand me the 6 crayon box from the previous year she would have paper on her desk and I would have to ask for it. Thank goodness for time, as I grew up and in Jr./High School I was able to work for the teacher’s and in the cafeteria for my lunch and supplies. Now that I am older, I am happy that I no longer have to seat at my desk and wonder what it felt to have new crayons. I always wanted and dreamed of having the 64 crayon box. I remember my mom paying a nickel to the teacher for the small box of crayons and the next day the teacher broke them in half and I cried, because I knew the value of not having any. She made me draw with broken ones. Yep she did.

Cindy T
Cindy T

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school supply where my new clothes that were bought for me. I was not allowed to wear them until school started so I was excited for school.

Melissa
Melissa

September 04, 2020

My favorite back-to-school supply is a set of Sharpie markers. i was a teacher for many years, and i always had to hide these or closely monitor them to keep them from disappearing!

Patricia
Patricia

September 04, 2020

Definitely that 64 color crayon box. I still refer to those color names: fuchsia, magenta, flesh, burnt sienna, even red-orange and yellow-green!

Doris
Doris

September 04, 2020

My favorite back-to-school supply is an eraser to go with the new pencils.

Beaj
Beaj

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school remembrance that I looked forward to was new school supplies. Scribblers, pens, pencils & crayons.
The Jacket is gorgeous…..

Margaret I
Margaret I

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school items were my art supplies….I am an artist with my sketches and charcoals and with a sewing machine….I love to sew and make doll clothes…this is a cute pattern derivation….Thanks.

Heidi
Heidi

September 04, 2020

My favorite school supply is a new backpack.

Pamela
Pamela

September 04, 2020

I was born in 1951, so this dates me. But my favorite school supply was school paste. I loved the smell. I was not one of those kids who ate it, though. I just loved the smell!

Bernice
Bernice

September 04, 2020

My favourite back to school supply is pencils, pens and crayons. I like to see all the new kinds of pens they have.

Helen
Helen

September 04, 2020

My favorite school supply this year is face mask for all my grand children.

Helen
Helen

September 04, 2020

My favorite school supply this year is face mask for all my grand children.

Atara
Atara

September 04, 2020

My favorite back to school supply is scissors, I can never seem to find mine, but I just buy new ones because they’re on sale

jennifer
jennifer

September 04, 2020

new sneakers! with seven kids its hard to get everyone!

Cathy
Cathy

September 04, 2020

New shoes were my favorite back to school supply.

Rita Skraba
Rita Skraba

August 21, 2020

My favorite new things for back to school was always brand new crayons and clothes.

Margaret
Margaret

December 26, 2018

Love this idea. I have a great time with the denim jacket and everyone likes it. But now I am excited to try this version.

Charlene
Charlene

August 13, 2018

My favorite back to school supply was new clothes and school supplies.

Patricia
Patricia

June 08, 2018

My favorite back to school supply was new notebooks with special covers on them.

Linda
Linda

June 08, 2018

My favorite back-to-school supply is a new box of crayolas. New crayolas are sharp and clean and easier to color inside the lines for a much cleaner appearance.

Colleen
Colleen

February 23, 2018

This is soo cute. Thanks for great patterns!

Marjory W
Marjory W

January 12, 2018

My favorite school supply was a wonderful double-decker pencil box that I had in first grade.

Marsha G
Marsha G

January 12, 2018

My favorite back to school supply was the new notebooks.

Mary Z.
Mary Z.

January 12, 2018

My favorite new thing when I went back to school was new pens and colored pencils. I have always loved doing things and adding color to it.

Judi W
Judi W

January 12, 2018

My favorite back to school supply are the ink pens. I like the fine tipped ones and can get them on sale at that time of the year.

Cindy
Cindy

January 12, 2018

I loved unused water colors!

Debbie Delcorio
Debbie Delcorio

January 12, 2018

My favorite were crayons and new shoes.

Peg
Peg

January 12, 2018

My favorite back to school supply is a new backpack.

Janet
Janet

January 12, 2018

My favorite back to school supply is a box of crayons.

Cathy F.
Cathy F.

January 12, 2018

I’ll have to agree with many others, a real treat having a new box of crayons and new pencils too! This new look for a hoodie is sooooo, sooooo cute. Great job! Many thanks too for the freebie fridays and all of your inspiration to keep on creating.

Linda
Linda

July 09, 2017

My favorite back to school supplies were the crayons. I loved the smell and the colors. In first grade I had a 1-row box, second grade, a 2 row box, and in third grade I was up to a 3-row box. My late husband’s last Christmas present to me was a big box of crayons. I was going to use them to color my redwork embroidery designs, but I haven’t had the heart to use them.

Johanne
Johanne

May 24, 2017

My Favorites back to school supply is a jacquet

Linda
Linda

May 19, 2017

My favorite back to school supply is (was) a new notebook with dividers, paper, pencil/pen pouch. The jacket with the hoodie is adorable.

bettyanne
bettyanne

May 19, 2017

NEW SHOES. After being in sandals or mostly barefoot all summer those new shoes always seemed a bit too tight, but they were new.

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susanne s howry barger

February 17, 2017

Great tutorial on the denim jkt BUT I couldn’t get the tutorial for the roushed (sp?)zip front jkt which is the one I’m stuck on…Many thanks.

Mary Z.
Mary Z.

February 17, 2017

My favorite back to school supply is (was) colored pencils and pens. I loved to write in different colors for each subject.

Vera Z.
Vera Z.

February 17, 2017

By far a new box of crayons! The bigger the better.

Lisa
Lisa

February 17, 2017

My favorite back to school supplies were crayons, colored pencils and markers.

Nadine
Nadine

February 17, 2017

My favorite back to school supply is crayons.

bettyanne tyler
bettyanne tyler

February 17, 2017

a brand new pencil box. Don’t think they are used anymore based on my grands’ lists. More pencil pouches. I prefer the box.

MAdeleine
MAdeleine

February 17, 2017

My favorite school supply was a package of new lead pencils. Back then, am I dating myself, you had to sharpen each and every one of them . Oh such fun!

Lynne M
Lynne M

February 17, 2017

My favourite back to school supplies were colouring and sketching pencils

Caro K
Caro K

January 08, 2017

My favorite back to school item was a new box of crayons … loved the smell and can smell them right now. ?

Ruth
Ruth

January 08, 2017

My favorite back to school supply was a clipboard!!

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

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