Peter Rabbit’s Blue Jacket – for Women



Anne Sengpiel


Outline the story …

My inspiration for this came from Beatrix Potter and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". She, or rather her stories, got me into history and historic clothing when I was about 9 years old. At first, I had my eye on the outfit Mrs Tiggywinkle is wearing. But, due to me being a beginner, plus time limits, I decided a single garment would be better. Which is what made me settle on Peter Rabbit’s blue jacket.
The pattern is from Black Snail Patterns #0520 1890’s Skirted Jacket View B. Peter Rabbit is a male character, so the biggest adaptation was a women’s pattern.

Outline the construction…

The materials I have used is light blue cotton canvas with a black cotton lining. Since both these cotton materials are quite structured and stiff already, there is no tarlatan or horse- hair canvas as interfacing. This is my biggest sewing project to date, my first time ever making a jacket and also the first time I have ever used an e-pattern. Currently, I am not in possession of a sewing machine, so the entire project has been sewn by hand.

The main body of the jacket came together quite easily. Since this was my first time ever to follow tailoring instructions, I did have a bit of a fight with the collar. While I was fitting the jacket it became apparent, that the armholes gave a funny shape. I ended up having to take a significant amount out of both side- back seams, which made the jacket fit better, but also gave it its funny wrinkles. The majority of the seams are sewn with back stitches, cut down with the lining rolled under and then felled. The lapel and the pockets are fixed to the inside with felling stitches. The lining is further secured with catch stitches. The lapel, as well as the collar have pad stitches on the underside to give them a nice roll back. Watching Youtube videos from makers in the historic costuming community helped me so much with the buttonholes, pad stitching and sleeve gathering.




  1. Avatar Laura Boyles on March 12, 2021 at 12:45 am

    It’s so sweet. It looks like it was quite a difficult pattern to begin with, and then you adapted and hand stitched it. So much amazing hard work. You have nothing to fear from your next project, having started out so ambitiously and seen it through. Best of luck x

    • Avatar Anne on March 12, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you. That is really sweet.

  2. Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I love it and love your creativity on the making too! It’s adorable!

  3. Avatar Georgina on March 12, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Wow! This is already a tremendous undertaking and then you hand sewed it!

  4. Avatar Melissa on March 12, 2021 at 4:53 am

    Oh you even did pad stitching!! I am so impressed, the idea of sewing a jacket makes me nervous and you did really well!. Peter Rabbit is one of my favorite stories.

    • Avatar Anne on March 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      Oh, don’t be nervous. I thought the pattern was intimidating. But it actually came together much easier than I thought it would. My biggest fighting point was actually the collar. I had several arguments with it before it would go on the way I wanted it to. I have no doubt at all that you could do it, too. I believe in you!!

  5. Avatar Carolien van Alphen on March 12, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    What an ambitious project, and all hand sewn! Very well done, it is absolutely lovely.

  6. Avatar Lili on March 12, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I love seeing all the work you did. It’s very inspiring as I want to make a jacket or coat too someday. I particularly like the back shape for the shoulders. The whole idea of a Peter Rabbit jacket for women is excellent!

  7. Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Here you are! You’ve given yourself quite a challenge, making this jacket! And having to adjust a pattern is difficult! Good job😁.
    It makes me want to start on a jacket too.

  8. Avatar Natalia V. on March 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Love the idea and love Peter Rabbit! Tailoring is definitely challenging and you did a great job! Congratulations!

    • Avatar Assia on March 14, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      Your adaptation turned out lovely,and the fact that it is handsewn impresses me very much! Wish you lots of luck 🙂

  9. Avatar Valerie on March 17, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Ambitious challenge, charming result!

  10. Avatar Suzi Smart on March 17, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I love how you interpreted Peter Rabbit’s jacket! The blue is just as imagined. Sleevils… So much glorious poof into a little space. As a beginner, I think this is what is holding be back from creating the long coat of my dreams.

  11. Avatar Alexandra Blowers on March 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Swooning over the tailoring and the inside finishes… Very very beautiful make!

  12. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 23, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Wow! Just wow! I love this! Pad stitching vibes, girl! Very nice, thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  13. Avatar Vanessa Isobel on March 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I love Beatrix Potter! Look at the fabulous sleeves! Nice work 🙂

  14. Avatar Bianca on March 29, 2021 at 4:34 am

    I think this turned out really well! And kudos for overcoming issues along the way.

  15. Avatar Sue (sue-mcfluzen) Assenmacher on March 29, 2021 at 5:20 am

    Wow, you sewed this entire jacket by hand. Awesome job.

  16. Avatar Lowana O'Shea on March 29, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    I’m so impressed with your “dive-in-the-deep-end” attitude. A jacket is a really complex project and you conquered it with your first project. Bravo!

  17. Avatar Whitney Carnahan on March 29, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Love this! Looks just how I would picture Peter Rabbit’s jacket – and so impressed at how you approached it! Massive challenge, and looks wonderful!

  18. Avatar Lizzie Blake on April 1, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Great job! This is super impressive for being a first big project! The color is just perfect

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