She's all done!
The pretty in PINK Victorian Baby Jacket!
I love this free pattern from Red Heart.
Of course I made a few modifications to the pattern.
The pattern called for one button with a crocheted button closure loop.
I didn't want a closure that would have a tendency to come open.
I opted to put three small pearl buttons on the front instead of one.
And in place of the button closure loop, I sewed three homemade buttonholes into the front facing with pink DMC embroidery thread.
(One commenter in Ravelry advised that the front of her jacket gapped open without a button closure.)
I debated how to tack down the front lapels.
Should I put buttons, crochet a flower ...I just couldn't decide.
With the other embellishments already on the front - the picot edging on the collar and the ribbon tie - I didn't want it to look too fussy with even more on the collar.
Plus the collar lapels are small.
As I was trying to decide, my eye caught a deep rose cotton yarn in my piles around my chair and I thought to myself why not just add a simple embroidered straight line of stitches around the collar.
It's pretty, but simple and it also tacks down the lapels neatly.
I folded up the sleeves.
They look a little long to me.
Mom will have to adjust them for the size of her baby.
I added pink felt for backing on the front facings to give extra strength to the buttons and buttonholes.
Not the best looking home sewn buttonholes I will admit.
Maybe I can erase the pencil marks before I give this to my niece?
With these facings it should be easier for my niece to button and unbutton her baby's jacket.
I tacked down all around the front facings with regular pink sewing thread.
What else did I changed?
The pattern called for the picot edging on the collar and the front facings.
I just added it to the collar.
Here's a closer look at the back.
The white band is where the white ribbon is threaded through.
And a full view of the back.
This is only the second baby outfit I have crocheted.
I'm tickled PINK at how it came out.
Not bad for me.
(Click here to go to Ravelry for more details).