And I’ve practically lived in it since it was finished! 🙂
Remember a while back when I was planning my Wardrobe Architect project and I needed to sew myself a new spring jacket? Well talk about good timing! 🙂
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken that much pleasure at sewing something. The pattern is quite challenging and requires a lot of topstitching through several layers of fabric. So not for the faint of heart, but it was so worth it.
And I’ve learned a lot sewing it! A win-win in my book!
The pattern calls for a medium-weight knit fabric like Interlock, French Terry or Ponte. Not having heavier knits in my stash at the moment, I had to go to the fabric shop… (poor me! 😉 ) So I dragged my nice husband with me for advice on colour (he took a book “in case”…) and went in search for the perfect candidate. Naturally, the fabric shops in Europe always stock on boring fabric and Interlock only came in black, white or grey…
However, there was this beautiful teal kind of stretchy fabric that was calling my name. Having no idea what it could be as it was more a weave than a knit but being stretchy enough I decided it was the one.
Turns out, after looking around on the Internet for a good definition of this fabric, it looks a lot like the very popular scuba fabric in vogue. Who knew?
The stretchy fabric and ease in the pattern makes it for a very comfy yet chic sew. This jacket is so versatile! With its exquisite details it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and even if you get caught in the rain, you have a lined hood to keep you dry! Perfect!
The sizing is perfect and I didn’t have to make any alterations to the pattern. The only minor change I would make if I had to make it again, would be to use a stretchier fabric for the bottom band, or make it a tad longer. Because this scuba fabric is not as stretchy as what is called for, the band ended up a tiny bit tight. Nothing unwearable but a band of 1 or 2 cm more would of been perfection. Well, live and learn as they say! 😉
One of the thing I love most about it is the epaulets. I find these add a touch of chic and cuteness. Plus, I’m totally in love with these buttons. Metal buttons and me go way back and I think they are just the perfect addition to this already well thought pattern.
The pockets are also a great feature! It was my first time sewing welt pockets and I love the finishing touch they give to this jacket. But I have to admit, topstitching all these layers was a bit nerve wracking.
That also the beauty of a good pattern, it makes you learn new things and reach for techniques that you wouldn’t use otherwise. And because the test happened during a limited period of time, that really pushed me not to give up and find the best solution for getting the most good looking result I could get.
For exemple, I’ve learned a lot about stitching through a lot of layers (and that my machine could easily take it which is always a good thing to know!). Surprisingly, while recommended for this type of fabric, the walking foot wasn’t the best sewing attachment for this project. It did fine for sewing two layers together but even it had to go over a seam while topstitching, it got stuck. After trying with the regular foot and using its “sew-over-thick-area-button”, I found it gave better result even on an eight layers (!!!) topstitch. (still have a slit panic attack when thinking about it though.)
And all this effort was worth it, see for yourself the huge difference topstitching does when finishing thick seams. It really gives a professional finishing touch.
There’s no lining in this jacket, so I was extra careful to neatly finish my seams. And for that I’ve used my trusty serger.
Here’s a picture of the interior so you can see the finishing. Ready-to-wear has nothing on us home seamstress! 😉
You’ll notice the grey ribbon I’ve added. It’s not in the pattern but helps covering the zipper’s raw edge (because of its thickness it wouldn’t go through my serger). Seeing as it doesn’t stay flat, I guess using a bias binding tape instead of a ribbon would of been best. But it serves it purpose just fine and can’t be seen when worn.
All in all, I’m so happy I had the opportunity to sew this amazing jacket. It’s been a great learning experience and I had a lot of fun sewing this. I’m seeing lots of new me-made clothes using Itch to Stitch‘s patterns in the near future! 🙂
During the next few days, Kennis from Itch to Stitch has a blog tour showcasing all the gorgeous hoodies made during the test and I’m very excited to have been the first to show you mine. So stay tuned for more Jacqueline poping all over the Internet.
Want to join the fun and make yourself a Jacqueline Hoodie too? You’re in luck, there’s a giveaway going on. Enter now for a chance to win your very own Jacqueline Hoodie pattern!
And for those who can’t wait, the pattern is 20% off at the moment to celebrate its release!