I finished it! I finally finished it! I have been ‘making’ this jacket for a while now. What that actually means is that it has sat in a corner half sewn together while I happily sew together a summer wardrobe, and generally chill out … Oops? But the weather has turned a bit and am now in need of a new jacket – one with a hood!
You may remember I wanted to recreate this lovely (and expensive) jacket from Karen Millen:
Just like my floral jacket I used Burdastyle Asymmetrical Moto Jacket 11/2013 but I made some alterations. Firstly I got rid of the peplum effect by sellotaping the pattern pieces directly together. The second change I made was to add a hood! England rains, a lot, and I don’t like umbrellas! This was very easy to do as the pattern already has a large collar. I simply added the hood from the Minoru to the pattern. This was a mega easy pattern hack.
The fabric is a stripe Denim from Fabric Godmother, and is such a beautiful fabric. It’s soft but thick. The only issue is that it is a stretch fabric with the stretch running the wrong way. This wasn’t a huge problem but was something to bear in mind when sewing the seams, so I used my walking foot throughout to avoiding the seams stretching and becoming distorted.
Having made the jacket up before it was a breeze to sew it together again, but I completely ignored the Burdastyle instructions – those things are just too confusing! Like last time I lined the whole jacket in the same fabric as you can see the lining at several points. This also makes sure the jacket will be warm in the autumn weather
The sleeves are made of leather – yup, REAL leather! I bought my leather from here and was really impressed with the quality. There were no holes in it and it sewed up beautifully! It was my first time using leather and I was a bit nervous about giving it a go, but actually it worked absolutely fine. I just sewed with a leather needle and there were no probs. I went over all the seams with my overlocker, not because I was worried about it fraying, but because I wanted the seams to be nice and strong. I didn’t line the sleeves and instead did a blind hem along at the cuffs. But this is a bit visible so I might go back and line the sleeves. It will look more professional this way, buuuut…. the jacket is finished now, so the likelihood of that happening? Slim to none
So? I am so happy with the outcome. It is comfy, fits well, HAS A HOOD and I like the slightly sportswear look created by adding it. Oh and I saved about £400!! Now I just have to go through my wardrobe to work out what I can wear with it