This was my first Kwik Sew pattern and it really lived up to its name. I opted not to use any contrast fleece for the side panels and to make a version without a hood. For some reason our local schools don't allow kids to wear hoods. Who knows why...probably some silly reason involving the work 'hoodlum'.
Here is the finished jacket:
I made a size small (4-5) for my 6 year old. The size was perfect. The instructions were very easy to follow. So easy, in fact, that I skipped step 14 which instructed me to slip the pocket under the front facing and tack them together with hand stitches. My daughter wore the jacket for a few weeks and complained that she didn't like the "floppy pockets". So I stitched them to the front facing and to the bottom hem, all the while thinking how smart I was and how silly the instructions were for not coming up with the idea themselves. This is what I did:
Then, writing up my review on patternreview.com I realized that yes, I was the silly one. Step 14 showed those instructions as plain as day. Whoops. Oh well. That wasn't the first time I've done something silly and won't be the last.
The only thing I should have done differently (besides reading all of the instructions) is to use a non-pill fleece. After a few washes, I already notice pilling. Oh well, next time.