Sew-Vivor Challenge 2: The Peplum Drummer Jacket

Well, hello friends! It’s time for the next big reveal! This is my project for the second Sew-Vivor Challenge: BUTTONS. After reading, please take a moment to head over and VOTE FOR ME. I’d love to stay in the competition and advance to the next round!
So without further ado, here is my Peplum Drummer Jacket!
I’ve really wanted to make my daughter a jacket for a long time, but we live in HOT Southern California which makes that a pretty pointless endeavor. However, I just couldn’t get this jacket idea out of my head so I went ahead and drafted the pattern with cap sleeves. Problem solved! She can still wear it on those warm days with cool evenings and not feel too hot or cold. It can be worn over long sleeves, too, and still provide some warmth (and style!).
Um, could she be more adorable? Not even!
Ok, I’m just going to run down the list of details for ya really quick so you can move on to what you’re really interested in: pictures! Here’s the low-down:
  1. Peter Pan collar
  2. Bodice is fully lined with my FAVE EVER polka dot print by Lecien.
  3. Leather name tag for Abby on the back lining.
  4. Leather button flaps (fully functioning).
  5. Yellow chunky buttons (buttons should make a statement, yes?). 
  6. Cap sleeves.
  7. High/low peplum skirt (higher in the front, lower in the back).
  8. Drafted as outerwear for a size 3T (outerwear means it has more room in arms and sides to fit over clothing).
  9. Narrow hem on the peplum skirt.
  10. Outer fabric is the Kokka Trefle Corduroy in hot pink from Miss Matatabi. LOVE that shop, btw!

Now you can take a moment to look closer at the outfit.
These leggings were made using the Go To Leggings pattern, which is excellent! I had the honor of testing this pattern when it was first released and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to make another pair. LOVE THESE. They are rouched with white buttons because, ahem, it is a button challenge after all! They fit Abby perfectly. 
I put a cute leather name tag on the jacket using my super-special, top secret labeling device: a sharpie. 
She la-la-loves the outfit, which is what really makes it a success. Plus, it’s comfy and practical, which means it will actually be used!
Final detail shots:

Now head over to Family Ever After and VOTE FOR ME! I really appreciate you all taking the time to support me in this way. Thank you all so much; I love you!

Lastly, I almost forgot to mention this important detail: I’m super excited to announce that I’m currently drafting this pattern for multiple sizes. Maybe this will be my first official pattern for sale? Who knows! What do you think? Would you be interested in a pattern like this?

Interested in reading more?
To see my Round One Sew-Vivor outfit, see this post
If you’re wondering, “what the heck is Sew-Vivor?”, read this post.
For a behind-the-scenes look at some of my sewing insecurities, read this post.
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  1. says

    I really love this little jacket! I might have to make one for my little girl, but with long sleeves since we won’t be in Texas much longer. Great job!! Good luck!! 🙂

  2. says

    Caila!! This jacket is absolutely STUNNING! I would buy this pattern TODAY for my daughter. The outfit is amazing and inspiring–great job, can’t wait to see what you come up with for the next challenge because you are going NOWHERE! Please get this pattern up for sale ASAP and if you need pattern testers I’m in!

  3. says

    This is SO cute! I would totally make this for my girls…love the fabrics you picked too. So excited for you to be able to offer this pattern…you are so talented friend! I voted on my phone and I will vote from the computer later today!

  4. says

    Oh, Caila, this adorable outfit won my vote. If you do grade the pattern, I’d love to hear about the process. Good luck!

  5. says

    Adorable! I’d buy the pattern and I’d be happy to be a pattern tester – I’ve got a group of 2-4 year olds that I can test it on! And I’m in Florida, so the short sleeves will be perfect! 🙂

  6. says

    This is too cute! I love the style and the fabric choices are great. The short sleeves make this a great summer jacket. I would love it if you released a pattern. And would be more than happy to test it in a 2T haha 🙂

  7. says

    It’s LOVELY and I would love to see a pattern for it! We live in Florida so this would be the perfect coat for my little girl too! Good luck in the contest, I’m going to vote for you!

  8. says

    What an awesomely fantastic jacket! I love it, perfect for those cooler summer and autumn evenings we get in Perth, WA. Good luck!!

  9. says

    I LOVE IT!!!!! That Abby could sell a potato sack with her cuteness (luckily she doesn’t have to!). Very cute, Caila!

  10. says

    Wowsa! That jacket is super adorable! I’d love to buy the pattern. The high-low hem & peplum are so trendy 🙂 And your model is just adorable…great pics!

  11. says

    I was so struck by this — I totally voted for you! I would totally buy it (and if you’re looking for a tester, I could use a little deadline to force me to sew something for my 3 1/2 yr old! 🙂

  12. says

    I love love love this jacket! It’s absolutely AMAZING with the high-low, Peter Pan collar, leather details, etc!! And I love your Sharpie label idea too! I borrowed that idea on a jacket I made this week and linked back to you in my post. I blogged about here in case you want to see:
    Beautiful work, once again, Caila!
    PS: Adorable pics too – I find it SO hard to get my little girl to smile in pics but yours nailed it!
    PPS: I’d love to test your pattern too if you need a 4t! 🙂

  13. says

    Oh my gosh, Caila, I love this! Your daughter is adorable too 🙂 I love how you used the corduroy, and the details are so perfect! xo

  14. says

    Just found you through pinterest. LOVE this jacket! It’s super adorable and I want one in my size. I’m an adopted aunt to 4 little girls and I’m thinking they would love this.