Pockets, clean lines, easy. What more is there to love about this jacket?!?
Ever use decorator fabric for sewing clothing? That’s what I did in this first version!
Long clean lines, pockets, great fit. What’s not to love!
This is Burda 7075 – the printed pattern.
The first is out of a decorator fabric a freind gave me several years ago. I’ve been waiting for the right jacket pattern and this is the one.
Adjustments: I cut 3/8″ off the shoulder, which is my usual adjustment for my narrow shoulders. Since I did this, I also shaved about 3/8″ off the sleeve cap, which I wish I hadn’t done. I didn’t do that on the second jacket and it fit quite nicely into the sleeve opening on the coat…
The second jacket is out of a textured solid I got from Fabric Mart last year.
I have had it in the “to be dyed” pile, but decided this simple jacket would be the perfect thing and that the color was just right for a jacket. I find it very difficult to sew simple things – like a beige jacket, or a white shirt, but that is often exactly what my wardrobe needs!
I shortened the second jacket since it is more of a summer wearable. And I wasn’t sure I’d have enough fabric at full length either.
I also cut the front facing out of quilting fabric to reduce bulk, and save fabric. I added 5/8″ to each piece and cut. It adds a little something extra to this basic unlined jacket.
I also did not sew any snaps on it as called for. I think I will wear them each for a while and decide if they need snaps, or buttons, frog-closures, or something else.
The third jacket is a major accomplishment!
It is a woven silk noil – so it is thick and rather stiff. I know silk is supposed to be Dry Clean only, but I also know it is a dirt magnet. So I took a 10″ x10″ swatch and, gulp, washed it in the washing machine on delicate.
It came out just fine! I measured the shrinkage – the final piece was 9.25″ x 9.75″, with the warp (length of the fabric) shrinking the most. Here is a close up of the fabric.
To finish the edges, I learned how to do a Hong Kong finish, also called a bias seam binding.
That was a LOT of work!!!
I must say that in the Craftsy class – the Carefree Fly Front Coat – Kenneth King gives a wonderful (and necessary) detailed explanation of how to do this! (this is an affiliate link – see full disclosure here.)
In retrospect, I could have lined the jacket, but I have not done that in ages and didn’t really want to relearn how at this juncture. I was on a roll making these jackets because they whip up so quickly.
And they have pockets!
This version is the original full length and I am 5’10” tall, so you can judge how it will fall on you.
The only thing I forgot to do on this coat was leave the 10″ slit in the side. It would visually break up the fabric to be a little more pleasing on the eye, but I don’t know if I’ll go back and bother about it at this point. Perhaps if I wear it with pants that go past my ankles it will have cleaner lines.
Do you have a jacket pattern that works great for you?
Oh, do share!
Happy Creating Everyone!