Am I ever glad I had the opportunity to sew this up; my daughter has told me several times (daily) just how much she loves it. In fact last night, she told me that when she outgrows it, she'd like another one just the same. I was afraid a jacket like this would be frivolous -- depending on the season, my girls either wear a winter coat or go out in just a t-shirt -- but that hasn't been the case at all. J's worn it everywhere she's been in the past week, under her winter coat and in place of a cardigan or sweater. Only much more fashionable :).
According to her measurements, J. (age 10) would be about a size 8. She doesn't like things to be too fitted and I thought it wouldn't get worn until spring (silly me!), so I traced off a size 12. We talked about fabric options and I showed her some different ideas but she had a her heart set on denim. No contrast, just denim with a matching navy lining, some bright topstitching and two of the fancy buttons we'd just received from a friend in Korea. Perfect, I had all of that already in my sewing cupboard.
She was very patient as I tried to get some decent pictures in some not so good light
but this is her "enough already Mom, I have stuff to do!" face :)
Pattern: Decklyn by Blaverry, free in exchange for this promotion
Fabric: stretch denim, used approx. 1m, $8
Zippers: Fabricland, $7