We are having a very welcome warm spell here in North Carolina, so Baby Owen is rolling around (and I do mean rolling around and around and around) in just his cloth diaper today. But this was not the case last month when the weather was frigid and my snuggle bear was outgrowing his winter clothes at an astonishing pace. Did you know that it is near impossible to buy a warm baby jacket at the end of January? This is because stores have already restocked their shelves with their "Spring lines". Store employees scoff at the very idea of buying winter clothes in... the middle of winter (much like when I tried to buy a toddler swimsuit in August). They wave me in the general direction of the clearance corner and walk off, shaking their heads.
As infuriating and logic-defying as this was, it gave me the perfect excuse to sew up a Baby-in-the-Hood jacket from Anna Maria Horner's fantastic book, Handmade Beginnings.
Much like the others in the book, this pattern came together pretty easily. My button placket was slightly wonky, but I was in a hurry to finish and get my baby boy into a jacket that didn't squeeze his midsection like a sausage casing.
Unfortunately for Owen, the vast majority of my fabric stash is fairly girly. After digging into bins and rearranging shelves, I came up with these two (which are a bit similar to the fabrics that AMH used in her book). The elephant fabric is a cotton canvas from Daiwabo Japan and the cozy flannel lining is from Anna Maria Horner's Folksy Flannels collection. This combo made for the perfect Owen-weight jacket. He tended to overheat in the poofier fleece winter jackets (plus they constricted his movements... and he is constantly moving). I love the hood and cuff accents and the wooden buttons on this jacket. I can't wait to make him another one (or two) next year.