The Stacy and Stella Puffer Jacket PDF Pattern includes pieces and instructions for making a padded and fully lined puffer jacket or vest. There are 8 possible variations, including two lengths and pocket styles, hood or collar, sleeves or sleeveless. The design has a hook and loop tape closing and functional pockets. It is designed to fit an 18 inch American Girl Doll.
Ripstop nylon for outer (light rain jacket material) or pre-quilted material
Light flannel or fleece for the lining
Fuss-able webbing if not using pre-quilted fabric
Fur fabric for hood trim or collar lining
Stretch ribbing for the cuff of the version with sleeves.
-1/3 of a yard of rip stop nylon or pre-quilted fabric
-1/3 of a yard of lining material such as flannel or light fleece.
-1/3 of a yard of fusible batting (not required if using pre-quilted fabric)
-A piece of faux fur at least 16 x 3 inches.
-Small piece of lightweight hook and loop tape.
-Piece of knit ribbing at least 3 x 6 inches for the cuff of the jacket with sleeves.
Skill Level: Intermediate. You will need the basic understanding of how to use a sewing machine and be familiar with sewing straight seams, corners, turning right side out, and top stitching.
I agree with the review that the directions do not seem to flow sequentially. I tried to follow them word for word, jumping ahead or back as instructed, but there was a time or two when I let common sense rule and did what seemed like the best step next. I made one completed puffer jacket and it was really cute, but I would appreciate a zipper closure (I can't believe I'm saying this!!!) pattern and maybe one that worked a bit more sequentially. I attempted a second puffer jacket, but it's still waiting to be finished as I got too frustrated and had to set it aside.
Directions jump all over. I am an experienced seamstress but this one had me baffled. I wasted 2 days along with fabric and lining. Love the look of the coats but not the way to get a finished product. Will try and salvage the "fur" from the hood and try something else. Very disappointed. Had such high hopes for a beautiful finished coat.
The pattern fits well and went together nicely. Looks great on the doll.
I have started this Puffer Vest but have given up. The pattern is adorable, but instructions are very vague and difficult to follow. I am experienced sewer, but felt the time I had to put into this was not worth it, so I left it for another day because I was so frustrated. I may go back to it and I may not. Very disappointed in this pattern.
I have made two of the Puffer Jackets since I received the pattern. I am an experienced sewer but had difficulty at the neckline seam when I was attaching the lining. I struggled for a couple of hours trying to figure out the vague instructions and finally, did it another way. Also, when I tried the completed jacket on the doll, the sleeves were difficult to get over the dolls hands. The second jacket was very snug. The pattern is very cute but I was disappointed in the fit. I ended up widening the sleeve pattern before I cut out the second jacket. I will give it one more try.