I sat down the other day and wrote out everything the kids need for upcoming Fall and Winter. Plus some things I want to make for myself. There isn't a lot, but with three kids there is no way I'm going to be able to make it all. Some things I can't make (a waterproof snow coat), and some things (like a good pair of jeans for a 5 year old) I wouldn't want to make unless I didn't have a to-do list. So I'm going to slowly chisel away at the list by making the things I want to make, and then just buy the things that I can't or won't make. Then I'm a happy mom and my kids are clothed. Win win.
One of the items on the list was a sweatshirt for Henry. He's way into wearing blue, and I had a navy blue sweatshirt I wasn't using anymore. I didn't make a tutorial, but here is a rundown of how I created this jacket. I cut the hood smaller, the sleeves smaller, and the front and back body smaller. I used his jacket from last year as a guide and just added a tiny bit of width and a lot of length. I reused the kangaroo pocket and just made it slightly smaller. I also unpicked the ribbing at the bottom and reused it for the band and the sleeve bands.
His light blue eyes kill me.
I spent more time sewing this jacket and topstitching the seams and finishing the edges because I wanted to make it look good. I feel like he's reached the age where he cares more about what he wears, and I don't want to give any reason for another child to tease him. He loves the half zipper and the "power" on his sleeve. I love that the fit is perfect. It's too big but only slightly so it'll last all winter and next spring. It's big enough that he could wear a long sleeved shirt underneath and has enough length for growing room.