Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

This jacket is part of my City in Winter Collection.  I’ve been working on and sewing this wardrobe since last October. The purpose of this exercise was to create a versatile wardrobe that I could use for any part of my busy life —work, dates out with friends and church.  I’ve finished quite a few pieces (I’ve already shared the bottoms here) but I was dragging my feet making the jacket.

Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

The jacket is from Vogue 8208 which is an out-of-print pattern that has been reviewed several times on Pattern Review…and now I know why there are only four reviews for it!  This jacket is a very involved sew with a lot of pieces!  I also decided to line an unlined jacket which added quite a bit of time to the jacket’s construction.

Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

I liked this pattern (notice I used the past tense here!) because the military influence was big for Fall 2012.  I thought this pattern encapsulated that trend well and it was already in my pattern collection.  It also worked with my basic bottoms and I knew it would wear well in the brown wool crepe that I’d chosen as the base fabric for the wardrobe. [Editor's note: Carolyn usually buys her Mood fabric from the NYC store, but here's a very similar brown wool crepe you can buy online at MoodFabrics.com.]

Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

I did omit a few things, there is only one breast pocket without a flap.  I thought that all of those flaps were a little too much for my body.  The pattern calls for you to cut the back pattern piece on the fold. I added a center back seam to get a better fit.  I also shortened the length of the cuffs, they are pretty long, if you follow the pattern pieces.  Not only did I add a lining but I also underlined the jacket in silk organza to enhance it’s wearability factor.

Brown Wool Crepe JacketAll of that work and honestly, I hate this jacket.  Not because it doesn’t look good on me, or that it doesn’t work with the bottoms, but because it’s construction was difficult…too difficult!  There was no joy in sewing it.  I don’t even know if I would have finished it, if it hadn’t been a Mood Project.  I’m sure you’re asking why since from the pics it looks decent.  Well, I removed the pockets 4x!  Seriously 4x!  I measured and remeasured them before BASTING them to the jacket front several times. Even with all of that, they still had to come off again and again until I was in tears and wanted to throw the dayum thing in the garbage.

Usually it’s fit that ruins a pattern for me.  This time it was the actual pattern and the degree of difficulty in achieving perfection.  Now I’m not a perfect sewist but I don’t want my garments looking Becky Homecky and if I hadn’t gotten the pockets right, it would have.  So enjoy the pretty pictures.  I’ve worn this to work and now I will bury it deep in the back of my closet until I’m no longer scarred by the trauma of making it!

Brown Wool Crepe Jacket
Brown Wool Crepe Jacket

BTW, all of these pics were taken in a conference room at my job because it is just too danged cold here on the East Coast to even think about standing outside and trying to pose…

…as always more later!

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Comments


  • Mikelee
    January 25, 2013

    I think you did a fantastic job!

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Thanks! I appreciate that!!

  • Erica B
    January 25, 2013

    Looking at the jacket, no one would ever know you had issues. It turned out great. But after my last project, I can definitely relate to your feelings.

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Doesn’t it sometimes seem like you’re a salmon swimming upstream and the bears (fabric/pattern) are just waiting to get you! That’s how that jacket made me feel! *LOL* Like I was bait!

  • Monica Chatmon
    January 25, 2013

    It looks wonderful, and i had looked at that pattern before and decided it looked boring, but it looks great. Don’t hide it in the closet – it is a testament to your ability to conquer anything. I know I would have given up on it and there would have been no pockets.

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Monica ~ seriously if it hadn’t been a Mood project I would have trashed it and moved on! However, I could never have left the pockets off…they are what makes the jacket/pattern sing.

  • Suzeq
    January 25, 2013

    I feel your pain. Hate that reset-reset-reset again.
    But you look great in it and the jacket is beautifully done. I wouldn’t have bothered with the pockets in the first place. (Wouldn’t THAT be boring!) So don’t hide it in your closet for too long!

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Suzeq – I promise that it will be in timeout only as long as it takes me to forget the pain of its birth! *LOL*

  • Lauren
    January 25, 2013

    Oh, ugh, I know the feeling of hating something because the sewing was such a chore. I’ve definitely shoved things in the back of the closet for months until I forgot the trauma haha. At any rate, the jacket seriously looks fabulous on you and I hope you can get some wear out of it – especially since it’s wool crepe. Ahhhh I love wool crepe so much :)

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Lauren – I think that I love wool crepe just as much as you do because it comes in all weights and the most amazing colors and prints! The jacket, well it’s just gonna stay in timeout for the foreseeable future!

  • Melinda G
    January 25, 2013

    That jacket looks great on you. It will look great with the other garmets you have posted from your City in Winter Collection. The contrast topstitching came out beautifully. I am beginning to see patch pockets as a particular challenge — my last few tops required picking out and restitching. Actually, on my last top, the topstitching on the pockets turned out so well that I just left the pockets in a slightly akward place. No one knows but me.

    • Carolyn
      January 25, 2013

      Melinda – I’m surprised I’m not blind from pulling out topstitching! *LOL* But to be honest the pockets and the topstitching are what attracted me to the jacket so it wouldn’t have been the jacket without them. Thanks for the compliment!

  • Ginger
    January 25, 2013

    This looks great! You did a wonderful job! I bet you’ll come back to this jacket one day in the future and be so glad that you finished it.

    • Carolyn
      January 26, 2013

      Thanks! I’m hoping after the right amount of time in timeout that one day I will love this baby as much as I do my others.

  • Amanda S.
    January 25, 2013

    It looks great! I’ve totally done the burying things in the back of the closet route, often times because there’s something about it that bothers me that I know I’ll forget about in the next 6 months. Sorry you had issues! Maybe you’ll laugh about all that in the years to come when you wear your awesome coordinates?

    • Carolyn
      January 26, 2013

      Oh Amanda I hope I’ll laugh about it! I really hope so, cause right now I honestly and truly hate it! *LOL*

  • Lori
    January 25, 2013

    I think it looks fantastic. I hope it gets to come out again after the trauma passes!

  • Carolyn
    January 26, 2013

    Thanks Lori! We shall see!

  • gMarie
    January 26, 2013

    Oh Carolyn, I’m so sorry for the trauma this project caused. But I really admire your dedication to finishing. It’s a lovely piece that will be a timeless classic – you know, once you’re done punishing it. ;) g

    • Carolyn
      January 27, 2013

      Thanks Gay! I wore it today to my aunt’s birthday party and I think I’m starting to forget some of the pain already!

  • Amy
    January 26, 2013

    What a drag about the pockets. I hope a bit of time will help you forget about the pain because it’s actually really cute. Your City in Winter collection has become quite a collection!

    • Carolyn
      January 27, 2013

      Amy thanks! That City in Winter Collection is reproducing when my back is turned! Hahaha!

  • Manju
    January 30, 2013

    The jacket is beautiful. Very classy, elegant and I am sure you will get loads of wear out of it.

  • Bonnie
    February 6, 2013

    Carolyn,
    I so agree with the other comments here. The jacket looks great! It’s a real positive that you stuck it out and finished it; it’s always easier to give up, but you didn’t. You stated many great reasons for choosing to make this jacket and I believe you have just as many for wearing it. It’s time to recieve all those wonderful compliments you rightfully deserve!

  • Mary G.
    February 11, 2013

    Carolyn, I’m sorry about your pocket-setting trauma. One the other hand; you look so happy, as usual, in all of your creations. You look great in this set too. Enjoy, Mary