Jalie 3675 - CHARLIE - Bomber Jacket - Size FF with stretch pleather sleeves
Product Review (submitted on August 28, 2018):
I made this as a vest for my niece for her fourth birthday. I made the size suggested for that age. This is a perfect blank slate garment for personalization. She’s into Batman at the moment and I appliqued a gold Batman emblem on the chest. It was a little nerve racking for me to decide how far down from the neckline to place it. It’s somewhere between 2-3” below the center front neckline. A smidge lower to clear the zipper pull would have been better.
My niece lives in the south and I thought a vest would be more versatile than a jacket. I decided on the width of the armhole bands by taking taking half the width of the waistband + two seam allowances.
A small gripe is that the pockets aren’t finished in the instructions (written or video) which isn’t crucial in a knit, but in a woven I’d line it. I made this as a test run for a Charlie bomber jacket I want to sew for myself and have no doubts that it will be a success when I sew it. The zipper went it without a hitch but next time I’ll end it so it stops 1/8 to 1/4” below the neckline seamline rather than right on it. It’s a little tight/stiff when zipped all the way up, but a four year old won’t notice that.
It’s a wonderful jacket that I have plans to sew many times as a casual vest and jacket and with dressy fabrics too. The sizing looks to be accurate in photos that I’ve seen of my niece wearing it.