Hi everyone! If you follow nearest the pin on Instagram then you may have seen a sneak peak of this jacket already. If you’re not a follower, you can always come and join in the fun, I’m @nearestthepin.
The jacket is fully lined and includes two views, with the cinched waist or without. I love to sew lined garments as they give such a professional look – all my little sewing secrets (mistakes) are hidden inside the lining 😉 Not that there were many mistakes with this jacket – it really is one of those projects that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.
I was feeling like I’d created a monster of a project with choosing checked fabric, where to match? where not to match? I just really wanted to make sure the checks were matching across the zipper – check it out!!
The fabric I used for this jacket is duck from my local large chain fabric store – sometimes, just sometimes they come through with the goods! The lining is a cotton poplin. This combination of fabrics caused me a little challenge because the duck has a bit of give in it to allow easing but the poplin has none making it a challenge when I was sewing the two fabrics together. I would have loved to try a laminated fabric or oilcloth, but I’m glad I’ve tried the pattern on an easier fabric first.
This really is an achievable project if you’ve sewn a few things before and can follow a pattern. Heidi has produced some great instructions with colour photos. Ha, and I know from experience, that if you get into trouble she’s more than happy to help you out! I attached my facing pieces the wrong way around at first meaning my lining and jacket did not match up – luckily Heidi has since made the labelling on the pattern piece clearer so it shouldn’t be a problem for you.
After taking tester feedback, the final version of the pattern has some small changes to the jacket you see here. The most noticeable change being that she has made the hood a bit smaller. My husband, who doesn’t say a whole lot about my sewing, commented that this jacket looks very impressive – that’s a big tick of approval from him! I’m really thrilled with how it has turned out and I can’t wait to see lots of other Spring Showers Jackets out in blogland. The pattern is out now and available for the reduced price of $7 for the next few days. Head over to Elegance and Elephants to see a round up of all the tester versions of this pattern.
Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday to kick off Kids Clothes Week – can’t wait!!