I am such a copycat! How many times have I wanted to make something I’ve seen on another blog? Does it happen? Very, very rarely. But when I saw Erica’s denim jacket, there must have been a firecracker under my seat. I have that pattern! I have denim! (or, at least I think I do)
|OOP - borrowed the picture from an Etsy shop, but it's sold out|
I must have bought the pattern soon after it came out. Periodically I would look at it, then put it away. I was waiting for the perfect piece of wool. I was waiting for the perfect event for which to sew this jacket. Didn’t happen. Now why didn’t I think of using denim??
So, yes, I had the pattern. The denim that I had on hand was leftovers from a Minoru jacket (did I blog about that?) and leftovers of the exact same denim that I used for a pair of jeans. Pieces. As luck would have it, this jacket has a lot of pieces, and with some careful laying out, I managed all the important ones in denim.But that turned out well, too. I had bought the piece for a summer top – nice neutral print in grey, with the hopes that laundering would soften it up some. It didn’t soften at all, and I was kicking myself for being stupid enough to think that all that stiffness of the fabric was sizing. As facing pieces on a denim jacket it worked perfectly. Win, win.
The buttons came from stash. One of those “Love those gotta have those” purchases. I must have been thinking of this particular jacket at the time. As it turned out, I had more buttons than the pattern called for, and the size was a tad smaller than required. What the heck – let’s put all of them on the jacket and not leave any leftovers. Yes, there are buttonholes under all those buttons, and hooks and eyes for closing the front. I did not put in the shoulder pads as directed.
I LOVE this jacket! Over the years (decades?) I’ve made a few “regulation” jean jackets. I hardly ever wore them. Just not “me”. I’d try again a few years later with the same results. (Took me a while to figure out that there was no need to keep trying out slight variations of the same thing. The result would always be the same.) A denim jacket, on the other hand, is something that my wardrobe could always use. It works with so many bottoms, and even some dresses.
Soooooo…. Thank-you Erica for putting me on to such a great jacket!
And just for the heck of it – I made a pair of grey skinny jeans. I needed (more) jeans. I had the fabric (stretch brushed cotton). It always feels better if I make a “full outfit”. The jeans pattern is my self-drafted one – I just narrowed the legs. Oh, I keep toying with the idea of buying another jeans pattern, but … why? I’ve toiled over the fit of these, (still tweaking at times), and I really don’t want to start the whole fitting process again. I should be able to just change up the leg style, if I wish, and the top remains fitting as I like. Do I really need more than one (well-fitting) jeans pattern? (Input please!)
|even had enough grey print for the insides of the jeans - now is that a matching set or what!|
P.S. I actually sewed both of these in March/ early April, but pictures only happened yesterday. Apologies for the wrinkles, but these items have been worn, and I was rushing to get some pictures while rain wasn’t coming down.