I am very pleased today to be able to share my finished jacket with you. The first two posts that talk about the construction of this jacket can be found here (post one) and here (post two). Thanks to White Tree Fabrics for providing me with the fabric and the opportunity to make this jacket.
In addition to the fairly lengthy quilting process involved in preparing the fabric to make this jacket, the actual sewing process also took a fair amount of time. This was because I removed the batting from all the seam allowances before pressing seams. Further more, I ended up fiddling around with the fit, due to my brilliant idea of adding in the 3/8ths of an inch to all the seams: turns out that this was completely unneccessary, and I ended up removing a fair bit from the waist at the back and side seams. I also ended up removing 1 inch from the top of the armholes to raise the sleeves up, and added in sleeve heads, drafted using this tutorial from Poppykettle.
The jacket is fully lined with a cotton lining. I don’t like the way it looks in the next photo, but that’s cotton: it will wrinkle. I machine bagged the lining. I ended up weighing the hem of the jacket down by hand sewing in a length of gold chain. It does make the jacket sit closer to the body. At present this jacket does not have any closures, and I quite like that. I wish I had used the gold chain for the hanging loop and not the silver! Regret! But, the hem chain was a last minute addition so I have to live with it.
The trim was purchased online and machine sewn on. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I originally planned on including a pom pom trim, as per my inspiration jacket. But truth be told, it was too much. My balls were just too big. So I chopped them off. 😉
In conclusion this jacket is beautifully soft and cosy, but without being heavy or cumbersome. Perfect for a cool autumn day. I think it’s very…pretty…and I feel smart when I wear it, but casual at the same time. However, I am struggling a little on how to style it. I definitely think because it’s quite a statement in it’s own right it’s got to be paired with plain, simple items. A new white shirt is on my list of autumn sewing but how would you guys wear it?
Hope you all have a great week.
Over and out!