a Figgy’s Nituna Jacket and some (little things to sew) mittens
If you’ve been following along lately you’ll recall that Figgy’s Patterns recently released three sets of designs, the Sunki dress + leggings, the Nituna jacket and the Ayashe blouse and skirt. Each of the patterns offer an elegant, modern and fresh approach to sewing kids’ clothes. The Nituna pattern, for example, is easily prepped up or made casual and rustic when worn open, without the button closure. Its versatility offers options for girls and boys, those who prefer hoodies and those who don’t.
I took a preppy approach to the Nituna, I knew it had to go this way mostly because I had a yard or so left of some seriously thick felted (probably Melton, but it was a non-labeled remnant) wool from 2010 when I was unabashedly inspired by this Lauren Moffat creation (I started a cape a few kcwc’s ago but haven’t finished the details and my daughter seemed less than thrilled with it so it’s sitting in the tubby):
I made the reversible jacket option in a non-reversible way. My fabric is exceptionally thick so rather than encase the seams with ribbon or trim I sewed them down open-felled style (read more about this in Natalie Chanin‘s books). I did the outlining trim in some wide bias that I sell in the shop and set aside two brassy buttons. The basic construction of the jacket is logical and the instructions are simple to follow. For example, the hood is constructed with one cut that comes together in two fell swoops. Each of the pieces are assembled quickly unless you are particular about how you sew your bias trim. I am. I have issues. I can never sew exactly perfect on both sides of the bias. I decided I must hand sew the stitching after I had already sewn the hood trim down and had to backtrack with ripping that out and more hand sewing, even with all that fussing about you can tell it’s hand sewn. I did my best. I added a free form curved pocket to one side.
In the heat of the almost-finished moment, my machine flat out refused to go on with buttonholes (now accepting applications for new sewing machine sans boorish attitude). I used a blanket stich to finish them following the tutorial Shelly posted on the Figgy’s site in her cute Valentine craft project. It’s the first time I’ve used the stitch and didn’t have to rip it out. She knows what she’s doing.
I’ve been working on the Nituna for an hour here and there over the last month and I’m very excited to call it finished.
As for size, this is a 2/3, my almost 5 year old is so tiny it fits her pretty well. It’s pretty big on the two year old, but I’d rather she wear it for the next two years anyway.
Since I had a bunch of scraps AND it’s almost valentine’s day, I made a pair of mittens from Little Things to Sew by Liesl Gibson. I used some lovely thin felt from my stash to cut out a heart, an arrow, an x and an o. My daughter looks perfectly coordinated and I love crisp simplicity of these two projects together.
If you’re still here… I have a couple more Nituna inspiration photos to share:
Last week I spotted this number on Zooey Deschanel in Yes, Man.
This navy and white blazer also gave me some inspiration (it looks like it’s lined with jersey knit).
Have you sewn a Nituna yet? Are you ready for Figgy’s Ayashe sew-along?
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