i'm so happy to finally be finished with my mom's birthday gift. a few years back when we were still living in idaho, she sent me a pattern for this jacket. she didn't ask me to make it, she just said "oh, i thought this pattern was really cute and thought you might be able to do something with it." it's her subtle way of telling me she'd like me to make it. last april i had planned on sewing it for her birthday and had her help me pick out the fabric. well, i started reading the directions and got totally lost in it and completely overwhelmed, for the life of me i couldn't figure it out, so i just put it all away. a year later i thought i'd better try it again. i don't know how many hours it took me to finally figure out the instructions, the fact that i'm a total novice to sewing didn't help, but one evening i had given up from frustration and decided to go to bed, while brushing my teeth something finally clicked and i that was when i understood what the directions were saying! this darn jacket has 3 layers of fabric, i had to cut out over 60 pieces for it which took me over 8 hours! just clipping all the darn seams so that they would fray took over 2 hours and i'm not sure how many hours it took to actually sew it, but yes i am finally finished with it, YEAH! hopefully she appreciates it even though it is a little late.