Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meet Ben 10

In this house, because you are 4 and you think your mom can sew anything, you are obviously entitled to a custom made "Ben 10" jacket. I finally finished it last week. It was definitely a challenge, and of course I love a sewing challenge, but this one was a little over the top.
I was originally going to sew a quick fleece jacket but because there was no fleece to be found that was the right color, I settled on denim, which meant a collar, cuffs, and band around the bottom.
It's perfect!! I love the way it turned out. So here's a quick overview on how I went about making it. I generally am not fond of patterns because the directions are confusing and I'm usually disappointed with the fit of the finished product. So I used a jacket of his and made the pattern from it. I sewed up a trial version out of the lining material to make sure I got it right, then unpicked it an used it as a pattern for the real deal. I just made a massive version of bias tape (except not cut on the bias) and used it to bind all the raw edges and it worked. It wasn't as easy as it sounds. I had a few mishaps with the separating zipper being too long, and that I sewed the sleeves on before I put the white stripes on, etc. I learned a few things too, like...always buy extra fabric, even though you may think you have enough...and...probably when you are attempting a Jacket, it might save some time to use a pattern. Anyway, Jack loves it and that's all that counts. I love sewing for my kids.

I've not been blogging much because I'm getting ready for a craft fair next weekend and I've been trying to crank out purses to sell. Stay tuned and I'll show you what I've got so far.


  1. cute jacket! glad you wrote who it is from i thought speed racer--- we are not in to the Ben 10 guy here- so i didnt recog. it.
    so cute! now that you can make jackets you can move north :) but i dont reccomend that :)
    good luck preparing for the fair! Enjoy Spring Break!!!

  2. Sarah, I love it!
    I've only watched Ben 10 a little bit, but this looks spot-on, and I can imagine how thrilled Jack must be!

    I've been meaning to ask you - what craft and/or sewing blogs do you follow?? I'd like to broaden my horizons a bit. :)

  3. You've got mad skills Sarah!!! The Ben 10 jacket looks totally tough.

  4. Where did you get the number 10 for the jacket

  5. I made it. I ironed on the 10 with heat'n bond onto a circle backed with
    heat'n bond. Then did a tight zig zag, or satin stich, around it to make it look like a professional patch. I can give you better instructions if you leave me a comment with your email address.

  6. I do a weekly blog feature each week. I'd love to share this and the rest of your blog next week. Would it be okay to post the picture?

  7. I love this jacket. My grandson is really into Ben 10 just like your son. I got green denim, looks to be the same exact denim you used. I couldn't remember what color of zipper you used, as I saw another jacket w/white but I got a forest green. I think I'm going exchange it for a black one. I got Burda Kids #9535 pattern. I'm going to line the jacket in black and give it to my grandon for his birthday. I made him the white shirt w/black stripe for Halloween 2 years ago. It turned out really cute.

  8. Hi - I was wondering what material you used for the grey striping. did you heat n bond that as well?
    thanks- it looks great!

  9. Dear Fairy Bloom Tutus. Thanks for the nice comment!! To answer your question...I made the white stripes using a heavy white fabric. It seemed to be about the same weight as the denim. Any white fabric will do, as long as it is not see through. Yes, I used sewable Heat n' Bond to back the stripes as well, and then zig zagged the edges.

  10. Hello Sarah,

    I am planning a Ben 10 birthday party for my son in 2 weeks time and are frantically searching for a Ben 10 jacket. Can you make one for me and Fedex? If you can and are willing to please contact me via e-mail at I will be grateful.