Ogden Cami: eating my words

The thing is I quite honestly used to love to hate on the Ogden Cami.

In general because I thought I could never wear it with those itty bitty stappy straps. I’m a human with mammary glands. And they need supporting. (I’m a sewing A cup, but a D cup in bras.)

And I swore I WOULD NEVER buy it.

Fast forward a bit and I’ve made 3 in the last 9 days.

Here’s how that came about:

Having orchestrated a sewing swap with Jen in April, I decided it would be fun to join a swap and bask in the low key glory of not running it.

So I bought the Ogden pattern! (Mark the date. June 9, 2019.) I could have joined the swap and just sewn the Ida clutch. It’s a great free pattern and I’ve made it before, but I was all in.

I had to try the pattern before sewing it for someone else. It’s the responsible thing to do.

So I made a rayon challis muslin using the same fabric as a sample pair of Luna pants a friend had commissioned me to sew for her.

Who even am I?

Who even am I?

The first thing that struck me was that the straps really aren’t as skinny and long as one might be picturing.


The straps finish at 1/2” wide, covering narrow bra straps well and are about 8” long.

The facings are pretty substantial, an aspect of the pattern I had previously loved to critique. Of course this makes for quick construction, but in airy fabrics, one doesn’t really notice any added bulk from the facings.

I was also surprised by how low the back dips.

It’s not compatible with this pull-on shelf-bra thing from Target.

It’s not compatible with this pull-on shelf-bra thing from Target.

just fine with a “regular” bra

just fine with a “regular” bra

Actually, I LOVE HOW MUCH it shows of my back. (I’ve been on the hunt for good patterns to show off that ink back there.) I don’t think I appreciated the cut of the back from the pictures I had seen on Insta. (But also, I wasn’t paying Odgen much attention, because we weren’t friends.)

This June has been particularly mild in Ohio, but I (now) knew Ogden would be a fantastic top for summer. I needed MOAR.

And I didn’t have to look far to find a ready to wear (rtw) cami for inspiration for more Ogdens.

Images from  Anthropologie

Images from Anthropologie

I love a tiered version because it utilizes the facing as an actual style point. I’m sure this mod has be done many times. But I was just getting on board. #lateadopter

with a “regular” back-closure bra

with a “regular” back-closure bra

For my first tiered cami, I used only the front and back pattern pieces. I cut 1 set full length and another set shortened 2.5”. (I shortened at the lengthen/shorten line so the tiers would have some movement between them. If you shorten from the hem, the layers will be same widths and sit very closely to each other. ) The full length set becomes the “facing.” Just be sure to sew the right side of the shortened/outer set to the wrong side of the “facing”/longer set. I did this exactly backwards (with the shortened layer ending up inside the full length) on my first go, because braining is hardest sometimes for the simplest of tasks.


Knowing I loved this effect, I set out to copy a few of the other aspects of the rtw cami.

I raised the back neckline 2.5” and straightened it. (It’s now quite obvious which is the front vs. back and one won’t find one’s self pinning the facing to the wrong side.)


In the front, I added a half of inch to the height (because it folds over to create a casing for the strap) and widened this area so it would gather like my inspiration.


Surprise! I had lingerie sliders in my stash. (When am I sewing lingerie?? Lord only knows. Bewbs are rather mysterious.)


I knew I would need the straps to be a bit longer in order to run through the casing and meet itself at the slider, so I just doubled their length when cutting. I then sewed the straps with a larger seam allowance so they would finish at 3/8” to work with the slider.

The straps are sewn in the back of the top as usual. In the front, simply sew up, across, and back down the strap attachment area (without the straps inside). Trim, clip and turn the area as usual.


After turning right side out, fold the top to the wrong side/inside and stitch it in place, creating the strap casing. Below- the left is before and the right is after stitching the casing.


Then it was just a matter of trying it on and figuring out how long the straps need to be when running through the casing. I actually abandoned the slider aspect at this point. A) I think they look cheesy and B) I wouldn’t be adjusting my straps, so I simply stitched them in place.


I think I did a pretty good job copying the Anthro cami, but here’s what I also did: I created a top that didn’t work well with a bra (narrower straps with an open detail) and in essence changed all that really is wonderful about Odgen.

it’s either bandaids or a bra. I think I prefer a bra.

it’s either bandaids or a bra. I think I prefer a bra.

So to the last half dozen or some so folks out there who haven’t tried Ogden, I say you are missing out a pretty good thing. It’s much more bra friendly than you think! (And widening the straps to match your bra strap width would be very doable.) Go take advantage of the many variations and hacks that have already been shared. You won’t have to invent them!

left- back raised 2.5”/right as designed

left- back raised 2.5”/right as designed

I sewed a straight size 6 for all my versions. (I measure 34” high bust, 35” full bust, 28” waist, 37” hips. 5’5”.)

More info on the swap can be found here.

Lucerne, Lucerne, Lucerne, LUCERNNNNNE!

Here’s the earworm that accompanies my post:

Thanks, Dolly!

Now let’s get to business.

One of my favorite indie pattern designers has done it again! Adrianna of Hey June Handmade has a new top (aka blouse) and it’s more or less the perfect simple woven top pattern. While I’m calling the Lucerne Blouse simple, she’s not short on interesting details.

Stunning tie sleeves or delicate petal sleeves. Both are winners.

You have your choice of 2 included neckline shapes as well, but I’m just now realizing I only sampled the rounded neckline during testing.

it’s a wee bit wrinkled. shoot me.

it’s a wee bit wrinkled. shoot me.

My first version is sewn from a 1 yard cut of some magical micro stripe lawn (ticking?) of unknown source. ETA- I found it! It’s cotton voile, soured from La Mercerie.

label a la Gwyn, ( she’s clever )

label a la Gwyn, (she’s clever)


The stupendous Marie-Fluerine made a gorgeous lined lace version during testing and I had to copy her and make myself one right quick. And my trusty stash did not disappoint.

stretch twill Anthro-inspired pants-  blogged

stretch twill Anthro-inspired pants- blogged

This lace version is lined with lawn and sports the petal sleeves. Doing a full lining, one can omit the facing.


Lace purchased from La Finch Fabrics several years back.


I hemmed the lining a half inch higher than the outer layer to keep it from hanging below.


And we’re just getting started! with a super simple general body style, Lucerne is very “hackable,” meaning make a few mods, and you’ve got a new style. So I cut into some of my new Rifle Paper Co. rayon.

Yeah. I pressed a big crease there and didn’t notice. It’s fine. Chill.

Yeah. I pressed a big crease there and didn’t notice. It’s fine. Chill.

And I gave this blouse what I call the Trevi treatment. (Trevi, if you’re not a well-seasoned Hey June patterns enthusiast, is a button-back tank top and dress.)


Simply cut 2 mirrored back pieces, 1.5 inches away from the fold. Fold the center back under twice (1/4” and 5/8”) and you’ve got yourself a placket. You can make functional buttonholes and stuff, but you already know this blouse fits over your head without closures, so you can go ahead and just sew the buttons on through all the layers. #jazzhands


The neckline on this blouse is bound with bias and the sleeve pieces have a delicate little rolled hem.


Now that you’ve got two sexy sleeve variations, you can borrow the methods from Lucerne and add the same details to other tops.


Take that beautiful tie sleeve and slap it on a button-up.

Cheyenne  in white rayon challis. Black  Ginger jeans .

Cheyenne in white rayon challis. Black Ginger jeans.

Keep the sleeve cap the same as your base pattern; just transfer the slit and sleeve length. Bind that baby and add the tie. You’re a sewing rockstar!


I think I’ll be copying this ready to wear blouse shortly!

So, thanks for stopping by! I don’t need to tell you you NEED Lucerne in your pattern library, because you already bought it, right? Like yesterday?

[I sewed a straight size 8 for all my versions. (I measure 34” high bust, 35” full bust, 28” waist, 37” hips. 5’5”.)]

Hey June Brunswick Pullover

My heart skipped about 4 beats when I got the opportunity to test a pattern for Adrianna, the genius behind Hey June Handmade. It’s hard for me to think of an HJ pattern that I haven’t sewn.

Let’s talk Brunswick!

I made a size 10 as per my high bust measurement of 35” and 39” hips. Brunswick is certainly oversized, as you can gather from the finished garment measurements, and has a dramatic drop shoulder with several interchangeable style options.

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The perfect fabric was waiting right in my stash, aspiring to become something amazing. It was actually slated to become a Love Notions Whistler (which I have never sewn), but I’m really glad Brunswick came along at just the right time.

Enabler Alert- They have navy and coral too.

Enabler Alert- They have navy and coral too.

At any rate, this chunky double knit has a little bit more stretch (about 30%) than suggested for Brunswick, but it’s quite stable.

I opted to sew the hood and side plackets.


The side plackets are a little more involved than the details on a basic sweatshirt, but that’s (part of) what makes Brunswick great.


I lined the hood with a delicious End of Bolt sweatshirt fleece from LA Finch Fabrics. (Pro tip: really great goodies in the Finch EOBs just waiting to be rescued. I pretty much start all my fabric shopping there.) My cut was only a tad bit more than a yard. You better believe I laid out my pieces in hopes of making a full sweatshirt from this stuff, but I had to stop deluding myself and just use it for the hood.


I still need to find just the right lace or drawstring for my hood. I’m possibly a bit obsessed with the details on Brunswick.


I used 4 oversized (30mm) wooden buttons on the side plackets. Love that pop of Rifle Paper fabric.


I slimmed the sleeve body from the elbow down and removed 1.5” from the cuff width as well. This is fitting modification is outlined in the pattern alterations section.

The final pattern was modified slightly from this testing version; there’s an added cropped cut line (1.5" shorter), the sleeves were shorted by 1", and the cowl (alternate view) was widened by 2" in both directions.

helpers gonna help

helpers gonna help

Here’s some Brunswick rtw inspiration from around the webs to get you inspired-

It is, of course, completely up to you and your fabric whether you choose to size down or make an oversized Orb of Comfort (TM) as Adrianna intended. I do recommend finding a cozy knit with not much stretch and going for the gold, though.


See Adrianna’s Brunswick release post for more details and go ahead and leave me a comment if you have any questions!

Pixie Dress

I've got to be honest. Lately I've been feeling a bit ho hum and unmotivated with sewing. Pattern testing is a great motivator though (deadlines, camaraderie, a new pattern), so I jumped on the tester call for the Pixie Tee by Chalk and Notch.

I pretty much love all of Gabriela's patterns. She has an incredible eye for on trend and interesting design elements. Each pattern she puts out feels fresh and different. So while Pixie is a tee pattern, it's anything but basic and ordinary. 


The shoulder is slightly dropped and there's 2 options for the hem as well as 2 sleeve options AND dress length included.

Since I was looking to add some spark to my sewing, I took myself out of my comfort zone here and sewed a dress version of Pixie. 



I used a brushed poly found in my stash (sourced from LA Finch Fabrics, if memory serves) so in essence this dress is pretty much like wearing a dreamy cloud.


If it weren't a billion degrees outside, I'd totally be sewing this view of Pixie in chunky sweater knit fabric, perhaps with a funnel neck modification. Oh, yes. Bring on fall.

Modeled with a  Joy Jacket .

Modeled with a Joy Jacket.

While I haven't played with the tie hem option yet(!), I've actually been sewing a lot of Pixies since testing. I'm hoping to perfect a hack to share soon. 


Lots of great #pixieteepattern inspiration already on The 'Gram-

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This pattern was very graciously given away for free to subscribers of the Chalk and Notch newsletter in much the same way Gabriela offered the Pony tank for free last summer. If you weren't on the list before the emails with the free code went out, I'm happy to report I've got an opportunity to give away a copy of the Pixie PDF pattern. Enter via the Rafflecopter below. (But do go ahead and get yourself on the Chalk and Notch newsletter list, already. Duh.) Thanks for stopping by! 

Oh, Joy!

I had a lot of fun (which is obviously my m.o.) testing the Joy Jacket pattern by Chalk and Notch and I'm excited to share my experience with you. 

The touching story behind this pattern is that it was inspired by a jacket that was once Emily, @enjoyful_makes,'s mother's. She explained in the release post-

Amazing, right?


I sewed my View B sample in Indiesew Ice Tencel Twill (purchased from Sew To Speak when they had the trunk show last fall). It's incredibly soft and thick while being fluid and drapey. A very unique fabric. I particularly love the color variation as it almost looks a bit distressed. If you can find any of this stuff, BUY IT. #buyitall

It's actually the same material Emily had been saving to use for this jacket. I was pretty nervous cutting into it, especially as an early phase tester, but I also had a lot of confidence in Gabriela's pattern.

and this is all that remains of the most glorious fabric ever

and this is all that remains of the most glorious fabric ever

View B features a hood and angled pockets, but you can certainly use either pocket with either view. There's also optional drawstrings for the hood or collar as well as at the hem.


My first version is unlined, except the hood. The pattern is written for making a fully-lined jacket, but Gabriela is planning a blog post about the simple changes to make when sewing Joy without a lining.


There's great seam lines which are an opportunity to play with top stitching.


And it is so easy to wear.


Gabriela's patterns are drafted for a height of 5'7", so while I'm about 5'5", I didn't shorten the jacket bodice, only the sleeves 1-1.5". 



I just had to sew the other view of Joy as well. For my second version I used the black tencel twill offered by La Mercerie. This material is absolutely soft, luscious, and drapey, making it a great option for Joy.


There's a generous 3/4" seam allowance on the seam between the front and back sleeve pieces to allow for shoulder shaping.


I used 2-way jacket zippers on both my samples since A) I'm shorter than the height the jacket is drafted for and liked the length of my muslin and B) I like being able to keep the jacket zipped up on top without it pulling or bunching when seated.


My lining is a bold cotton lawn also sourced from La Mercerie. Prepare yourself for gratuitous pics on the teal floor. #sorrynotsorry


What's really great about Joy is that while it's a stylish jacket with great details, it won't literally take you years to sew one for yourself (as I've heard some anoraks take that long to make).


Ok. Enough awkward modeling. Here's the fun part that you showed up for-

I've got a copy of the Joy Jacket pattern to give away and because I ended up with several zippers (having ordered from multiple sites in order to get them on time for the testing deadline), I'm adding 2 zippers to the prize! These zippers are 28 inches, the length recommended for sizes 8-18.


Enter to win a copy of the pattern and two 28" jacket zippers through the Rafflecopter below- 

Don't worry, I still have 4 zippers for myself and I've already got fabric set aside for 2 more Joys! (I heard to expect a sew along soon. ;) )

Burgundy rayon twill  from La Finch Fabrics and cotton lawn Hangers in Cream by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel)

Burgundy rayon twill from La Finch Fabrics and cotton lawn Hangers in Cream by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel)

Navy rayon twill (sold out) from La Finch Fabrics and rayon Frock 2015 (Cotton and Steel)

Navy rayon twill (sold out) from La Finch Fabrics and rayon Frock 2015 (Cotton and Steel)


Check out all the Joy on IG-

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Angelica: Pattern Testing

It's been 2 months since my last post. It's not that I'm not sewing; rather, I sew almost daily, and I finish quite a few projects. It's just that getting nice photos and having the time to sit down and write about them is hard. And I'm supposed to be keeping up with my Continuing Medical Education (CME). Yeah. I think I need to log 80 or so hours by the end of the year. But mostly, I'd rather be sewing. So maybe I blog.

Anyhow! I was pleased to be part of the testing group for JillyAtlanta's latest top, the Angelica. This sweet flutter-sleeved top or dress (both lengths are marked on the pattern) has a rather simple silhouette combined with charming details and impeccable finishings which are typical of Jill's design aesthetic.

I completed 2 tops during testing. One in rayon challis and one in cotton lawn. First up is the rayon.


Button and loop closure in the back.


Jill includes instructions for binding the armscye with bias.


The cotton lawn version is made from a print in the London Calling 7 line from Robert Kaufman.


There's 3 sets of pleats along the front and back necklines.


During testing, I extended the back neck binding bias, creating long ties on this version. This became an option for the final pattern.

What I hadn't planned on was that by using 2 very different fabrics, I'd be able to show how drape effects the lines of this garment. 


The cotton lawn, while more delicate and lighter than quilting cotton, has less drape than the rayon challis. The lawn stands up quite a bit and creates rather dramatic flutters. The challis, on the other hand, is more fluid with cascading flutters that hang down. Both are great fabrics resulting in lovely tops. You may choose one over the other based on your personal preference and the look you're wanting to achieve.


The Angelica Top pairs nicely with the Jilly Atlanta Mona shorts (which I also tested but didn't get the chance to write about ...unless this counts).

Both fabrics were sourced from LA Finch Fabrics. Some yardage of the rayon challis is still available.

Thanks for stopping by! You can find the full details for the Angelica pattern and purchase her here. She's $7 on release day.


The ever so lovely and talented Gabriela of Chalk and Notch released her new women's pattern, the Fringe Blouse and Dress, last week. I can genuinely say it was an absolute pleasure working with her in testing.

The Fringe is designed for lightweight woven fabrics and accommodates sizes 0-18. There are two neckline and sleeve length variations with optional sleeve tabs. The bodice is relaxed with waist darts for gentle shaping and optional waist ties for a more fitted effect.

Gabriela's instructions are thorough, yet concise and the illustrations are clear.

I tested the button up blouse (view A), using a vintage sheet for a muslin. I cut size 12 (40" bust). The pattern pieces all went together like a dream and it was instantly one of those favorite make kind of sews. The type you want to sew over and over because they just work.

very wearable muslin

very wearable muslin

The style is the perfect balance between fitted and relaxed. The result is effortless style.

I loooovee it. The face is for my bipolar remote. This day, it was either taking no photos or 100 burst shots.

And the curve on the hem is just right.

Most of the seams end up being enclosed, requiring minimal finishing otherwise.

After I knew I loved the fit of my muslin, I made another version in a lovely rayon from LA Finch Fabrics. Truth is I had a one yard cut of this rayon in my stash for probably a year. When Fringe came along, I knew I wanted to use this, so I was really lucky to find some additional yardage. (Thanks for saving the day, Josie!)

AND I BOUGHT MYSELF A REMOTE THAT WORKS. (If you're in the market for a bluetooth remote.)

Yes, my sewing space floor is that fancy schmancy jewelry store blue. :)


It just so happened that another awesome tester, Indu, made a stunning Fringe dress from the alternate colorway of this rayon. Seeing her perfect version made it clear that this fabric was the right pick. Check out her rendition.

I had to sew up the other neckline as well. (If you're keeping count we're on Fringe #3!) View B is completely without closures and just pops over. I'm just going to go ahead and say it's the most stylish popover I've ever sewn.

This fabric is an exclusive design printed on rayon challis by Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

I used a solid navy challis from my stash for the sleeves (which are view A's, just cuffed) and added a four inch band to the hem by extrapolating the curve of the existing skirt piece.

I had some fun with the facings on my rayon versions, using quilting cotton instead of interfacing the same rayon. This amount of stability for the facings was just right and very easy to work with.


And then I made one more! (That makes 4!)


Don't you love the eyelet? It was also sourced from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and can be found here.


You can see my sleeve tab hiding in there. I wasn't sure how this modified sleeve was going to hang so I added the tab as per the usual construction, but found that I preferred this sleeve straight. I just cut those buggers out after I realized they were visible in my pics.


So there you have my four versions of Fringe, all top length really. I haven't played with the dress yet or done any major hacking, though I've got several ideas.

If you read this far, you deserve a treat! I've got a copy of the Fringe PDF pattern to give away! (Winner can pick another Chalk and Notch pattern if they have already purchased Fringe.) Thanks so, so much, Gabriela! Enter via Rafflecopter below.


Maybe it's been over a month since my last post.

Yup. I told you maybe was my MO. Anyway! You're here for the sewing discussion, right?

Penny is JillyAtlanta's new release and I've got 3 versions from testing to share with you.

Back, showing traditional exposed buttons (left) and hidden fastener modification

Back, showing traditional exposed buttons (left) and hidden fastener modification

Penny buttons up the back and has a moderate fit. She was designed for and is trim enough for layering under a few of Jilly's other classic patterns, the Melbourne Romper and the Macy Pinafore, yet full enough to stand on her own. There are 5 neckline options- plain, gathered pan collar, bow and knot ties (not tested), as well as V back, which quickly became my favorite. The other style option is for sleeve flutters or sleeveless. Sizes 6-9m through 12.

During testing, I sewed up 3 tops for my 9 month old (chest measuring just under 17.5"), all with the optional sleeve flutters. The cut of the bodice was adjusted during testing, but I'm still sharing my first version so you can see the gathered pan collar and the buttons up the back.

Gathered collar option, front view

Gathered collar option, front view

Back view

Back view

Next, I gave the back neckline with a V shape a try. I instantly fell in love with this cut.

V back

V back

I really enjoyed the simplicity of the V back version. It's understated and elegant. As such, I chose to hide the snaps for the closures. I'm sharing how to achieve the hidden fasteners after the modeled shots.

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Just one button to fasten and the snaps are hidden. Clean. Easy.

Just one button to fasten and the snaps are hidden. Clean. Easy.

Keeping the back placket clean and simple with hidden snaps is straightforward and a modification you may want to consider for infants since fiddling with buttons on wiggly little squishies is not an easy task.

To hide the snaps, simply set the snaps inside the outside layer of the placket before stitching the placket closed. Just be sure to account for the hem so you don't end up with a snap in the way when you go to stitch.

Set the snaps inside the interfaced placket, instead of through all the placket layers.

Set the snaps inside the interfaced placket, instead of through all the placket layers.

Then finish stitching the placket and hem closed.

Then finish stitching the placket and hem closed.

This works for KAM snaps as well, which I used for my final version.

This back is cut on the bias to follow the lines of the V.

This back is cut on the bias to follow the lines of the V.

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There's loads more beautiful and inspiring versions being shared by the other testers in the JillyAtlanta FB group. Head over to check out the bow and knot tie options, which I didn't test, as well as the combinations with Melbourne and Macy (which are also on sale!). Never sewn a JillyAtlanta pattern? She has 4 free patterns (Sadie Skirt, Mae Diaper Cover, Ava Collars and Lottie Bonnet) available for members to download. The link to the free downloads is in the pinned post. You won't be disappointed by Jill's attention to detail and excellent finishes. 

Penny is $5 for the release today only, June 29th.

Kingston Jacket Test

I jumped at the opportunity to test the Kingston Jacket by Mummykins and Me recently. I'm really glad I was chosen as I really learned a lot.

The Kingston is a classic denim jacket and, as with all of Rebecca's patterns, the instructions for construction and finishing are detailed. As much of the seaming is done with flat fells, it's a great opportunity to learn and perfect this technique.



What's a flat fell? I've been sewing rather steadily for 2+ years, and I hadn't heard of them until recently. There's a simple description and discussion shared here with a couple great diagrams. (The site is devoted to backpacking and hiking, not sewing in particular. Cool.)

The approach to flat-felled seams described in the pattern is to stitch the fabric wrong sides together, trim one of the seam allowances, wrap the other seam allowance around the trimmed raw edge, and then top stitch the folded seam allowance down in place. The illustration above shows how the seams are wrapped around each other.



I've had this charming medium weight stretch twill from in my stash for some time. I'm pretty sure it was purchased with the intention of making myself pants, a sewing goal I'm baby-stepping my way to. Very slowly.

For the lining pieces of the waistband and the collar, I used this sweet Dear Stella print from Raspberry Creek's Etsy shop.


First flat fell! Instant swoon. I used my edge stitch foot to close all the flat fell seams. It helped keep all my top stitching nice and straight, but I wish it was a wee bit closer to the edge. I'm thinking my next sewing machine will be one with more needle positions.

If I'm being completely honest, it's not the first time I've tried flat fell seams,. The seam between the yoke and main on the Madison Blouse has the option for finishing with a flat fell. Trouble, for me, was wrapping a 1/2" seam allowance (SA) around the small section with gathers. Serger to the rescue that time. On this jacket, though, the flat fell seams are perfection. But if you are a serging enthusiast, there's also instructions for finishing that way too. 

I learned some tips about top stitching in making this. If you don't have top-stitch weight thread (on hand or in the desired color), you can use 2 construction-weight or 2 embroidery-weight threads threaded together through your sewing machine needle. That would have given my top stitching a bit more oomph. You sew, you learn!


The pattern comes with 5 sleeve options; classic long, bell, and 3/4 bell, half angel and trumpet. Those bell and trumpet sleeves make for a big wow. I kept the sleeves simple for this 3-6 month version, using the half angel option. The breast pockets are simple patch pockets; a flap piece is also included in the pattern, as well as optional inseam side pockets.

The romper is a Teatime Romper, another Mummykins and Me pattern.

As with many of Rebecca's designs, there's a separate pattern for women's sizes, and a bonus 18" doll pattern version if you get the bundle.

After testing, it's time to play. I modified the collar, switching it out for a simple, gathered ruff-style collar and I love the playful, feminine effect. 

Modified collar.

Modified collar.

The testers had lots of other great ideas for hacks and mods. I suspect we'll be seeing some fun Kingston Jackets with added flair in the form of hoods, without sleeves, with added ruffles along the yoke or armscyes, and maybe even some with skirts too.

For more inspiration, check out the other testes' posts about on their Kingston Jackets.