Back to school – Oliver & S School Days Jacket


Is it that time already? Of course it isn’t!! This was meant to be a spring/summer jacket for Honey but I’m running somewhat behind so it’s going to be an autumn jacket instead and perfect for back to school. It has felt rather odd though sewing a jacket in the midst of a heatwave!

I bought the fabric for this back in May and had planned to make view C of  Burda 9676, however the toile that I made, whilst fitting well on Honey, was really only going to be big enough for this year. As I was running behind with getting this started, I was hesitating even more and then I decided I’d see what other patterns were out there.

I turned straight way to Oliver & S and found the School Days jacket on digital download. Bingo!!

Some 70 pages of printing later, a spot of cutting and some sticking (I found masking tape worked really well, as it’s re-positionable), I had a pattern.  There were a fair few pieces. I cut a straight size 7. I find these patterns are pretty true to size and whilst generally being a little wide on my children are a good fit.

Fabric wise, I used a waterproof coated polycotton (no longer in stock) for the main fabric and a printed brushed cotton (again out of stock) for the lining for a little warmth. The coated cotton was surprisingly easy to sew – which is fortunate as the pins left holes (as expected) so it meant pinning only within the seam allowances.


This pattern is marked as intermediate mostly because there are a lot of pieces but I confess that setting the sleeves in with a laminated fabric would be a nightmare! I did do some hand basting to make sure things went together perfectly as I found that my fabric didn’t really respond to steam or any kind of pressing to get it to conform. I should really have basted the lining to the main fabric before sewing but it came together OK (although not perfectly) all the same. You don’t really have the luxury of unpicking with this fabric as every stitch leaves marks.

There are lots of really nice construction details such as the topstitching – I used topstitching thread  – and the way the lining is purposefully larger than the outer of the jacket to allow for wearing ease.


I am incredibly pleased with this jacket. I think it looks professional and well constructed with the brushed cotton giving it some body and will definitely fit next year (unless Honey has some unprecedented growth spurt)!!

Another resounding success from Oliver & S. In fact, I’ve just taken advantage of the discount on the Roller Skate dress and it’s waiting to be pieced together – less than 30 pages this time – phew.

I have one more jacket to finish sewing (of course Poppet needed one too) and then I’m hoping to get onto something for me.

But what to sew? Such a dilemma……


12 thoughts on “Back to school – Oliver & S School Days Jacket

  1. I love this coat. I keep searching blogs to give me some confidence to make childrens clothes and this jacket is lovely. I think I might keep it in mind for a few garments down the road. Very fresh.

    • Thank you for stopping by Liz – I’m afraid your comment ended up in my spam queue, so apologies for the delay.
      I’ve found the Oliver + S patterns really good. They’re simple, elegant designs and the instructions are always exceptionally clear.

  2. That has such a good finish. Your sewing skills are great and they really provide you with professional looking stuff. I am packing the machine away at the end of this week as we are off on holiday. I have portable knitting projects on the go at the moment. Jo x

    • Thanks Jo 🙂 This one has turned out particularly well.
      My sewing machine is packed away too and my knitting bag cleared out (found a half made dishcloth and some socks!!) and filled with my Kim Hargreaves ‘Bud’ with 2 sleeves to go and the obligatory back to school cardigan!
      Happy hols – Louise x

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