Sewing

The Jacket: in progress

I got the pattern cut out for my jacket, which is the third piece of my mini wardrobe, last weekend, but my fear of creating a muslin and then fitting the jacket kind of stunted my progress. After a couple of nights of relaxing, I told Mr. 5 that he needed to make me work on it Wednesday night – and he held true to his promise!

I knew I would need an FBA, so I just went ahead proactively and added 3/4″ to the bust based on past suggestions I’d seen in Big 4 patterns (well, and based on past experience).

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Original pattern piece vs. my adjusted one.

A few months back, I heard about Swedish tracing paper, which is basically a non-woven not-quite paper (think middle of the road weight non-fusible interfacing) and I decided to give it a try when I read its boast of being able to be used as a pattern paper AND being sew-able for fitting purposes (ooo shiny). So, I ordered a roll at Nancy’s Notions (manufactured by Birch Street Clothing). Oddly enough, it’s cheaper to buy from Nancy than from the source.

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Super easy to cut out, too!

So, when it came time to make the muslin for this jacket, I decided it was time to finally try this stuff out. It’s definitely a little stiffer than muslin, but I feel confident enough that my jacket will properly fit after testing it out.

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I only planned to finish my muslin on Wednesday, but decided I might as well cut out the entire jacket while I was on a roll.

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According to the pattern instructions, this puppy has 32 steps, (two of which are optional, and I am not taking that option, so I have 30) so I’ve decided I’m going to try and do 7-10 of those steps each day I have time to sew. If all goes well, I’m hoping to have this done by Monday or Tuesday – possibly a couple of days ahead of schedule!

p.s. You should totally take a peek here at the new designs that one of my favorite independent pattern companies released yesterday! The darling and mod Anise jacket totally rocks my socks.

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4 thoughts on “The Jacket: in progress”

  1. YAY I am excited to see a post on your jacket! And what a great fit. It’s going to be so sharp in that grey fabric. I made a very simple lined jacket back in April (New Look 6006), and I couldn’t believe how many different steps there were. But it was one of the most gratifying projects I’ve completed in my short sewing career. I have never tried Colette patterns. I might have to give them a go because that Anise jacket is adorable!

    1. This jacket is kind of a cop-out compared to the coat (cute, BTW!) you’re describing, and most jackets in general – there is no lining (the seams are finished with bias binding), it’s a shawl collar instead of a notched collar, and there is only one button! But hey, I liked the look of it on the pattern, so why not?

      Colette is great and their sizing is way closer RTW sizing than Big 4 sizing is. Plus, the patterns are drafted for a C cup instead of B! Less alterations make me happy.

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