Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket Review

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

Way back in February (where has this year gone? Seriously.), I had the opportunity to test out a pattern for one of my favorite bloggers: Kate at See Kate Sew . I have been following her blog for about a year now, and am continually inspired by the projects she showcases on her blog. Some of my favorites include:

Sweatshirt Liposuction

Vintage Lady Onsie

and my most recent favorite, Bead and Knot Necklace with a Bow
Bead and Knot Necklace with a Bow

If you don't already follow her blog, go do so! And check out all the rest of her awesome projects and DIY's. She has tutorials, free patterns, sewing tips, and some patterns that she sells, as well. 

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

Needless to say, I jumped at the chance when she announced she was looking for pattern testers. It was my first time pattern testing and I have to admit, I was a little nervous. However, the nerves flew out the window when the pattern showed up in my inbox. It looked so cute! The perfect spring jacket for a little girl with style. And the name she gave it - The Santa Monica Cinch - is so fun. 

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

The pattern and tutorial are both very well constructed. It is a pdf pattern, so it involves printing out and taping together the pieces of the pattern. I didn't run into any issues with the pages not lining up as I was taping them together, which is something that has bothered me with other pdf patterns.

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

I have now made two jackets! The pink one above is the original I did for the pattern testing. The blue polka dot one that Little Miss A is wearing below is the second. Both girls adore their jackets. 

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

I made a few adjustments for A's jacket after my experience making S's pink one. A is a petite little munchkin so I decided to cut out the pattern for the 4T sizing (her size) but for all the lengths (sleeves, jacket, pleats) I cut the bottom to the 3T length. It fits her perfectly!

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

 S is the opposite - tall for her age, but her jacket fits her perfectly, too!

The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket          The Santa Monica Cinch Jacket

I can't say enough about how easy it was to work with Kate's pattern and tutorial. And she answered any questions I had very promptly. Definitely go check out what she has to offer over at See Kate Sew!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks T'onna! I'll be stopping by on Sunday to link up :)

  2. Beautiful jackets, Cari!!! I also like the sweatshirt liposuction concept above from the blog you follow. :) - Cindy

  3. Thank you again for testing! This is so cute! I love the pink one! Thank you for the flattering post :) I will definitely put you on the list for the next pattern :)

    1. That would be great! Thanks for coming by to check out my post :)


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