Confetti Tweed Jacket

Mood Fabrics' cotton tweed fabric used for a jean jacket

I have been eyeing this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ Confetti Cotton-Blend Tweed for about three months and in March I just knew I really needed it for spring.  My accumulation of fabric is going better than my making of garments lately but that is okay, I need some for a rainy day, right?  After this fabric arrived at my doorstep, I had time to touch, feel and admire it.  With such admiration, I needed to find a pattern.  I used to always have the patterns first and then had trouble finding the right fabric.  It is much easier to find the pattern after the fabric, at least for me.  I say that but with this instance, I changed my mind at least twice.

 

My first thought was Vogue 1440, which I ordered right after the release.  The more I thought about it the more I didn’t think fringe was me and decided to think about the pattern a bit more.  I went to several RTW sites and decided I like the look of a tweed jean jacket and used my Kwik Sew 2895 pattern.  I did have some doubts on my decision and blogged with a  cry for help.  Many people said go with the jean jacket, so thanks for the confidence boost.

Side view of Mood Fabrics' cotton tweed fabric used for a jean jacket

 

With all the stripes, I cut each piece out in single layer.  I did make one mistake on the front side piece and matched the subtle navy stripe to the bold stripe when cutting (you can see it in the above picture).  I was a bit disappointed after I realized my mistake but those things sometimes happen, right?  I am blaming a nice flu bug on that one (at least that is my story and I am sticking to it!)

 

The tweed is a bit lightweight, so I fused my entire yardage with a pro weft interfacing (a perfect weight for underlining) , using a woven crisp interfacing for the pattern pieces that called for interfacing.

 

Mood Fabrics' cotton tweed fabric used for a jean jacket

 

To help make the inside a bit prettier, I went with a navy lining but didn’t do a traditional full lining.  I layered the underlined tweed piece with the lining and treated the layers as one.  A Hong Kong finish did come to mind but I went with a serged seam finish.  On this jean jacket, the majority of seams are pressed one direction and then edgestitched and topstitched.  The fabric was thick with the layers and I didn’t want to add the finish treatment to the thickness.  I am very pleased with the result and it works well in this instance.

 

Mood Fabrics' cotton tweed fabric used for a jean jacket

 

I did use the lining on the underside of the pocket flaps to help reduce bulk.  The under collar was cut two pieces and on the bias.  Now to sizing, I went with a medium in the shoulders and a small for the rest of the garment.  Wanting a shorter jacket, like my RTW inspiration, I cut off 2″ from the length but added 1″ to the sleeves.  After my initial fitting of the jacket, I did add some shaping to the sides seams, creating a bit of a curve in at the waist.  I went with these silver buttons, the size recommended on the pattern envelope but not nearly as big as the inspiration jacket.

Mood Fabrics' cotton tweed fabric used for a jean jacket

I am very pleased with my jacket, it is my style and I love the fabric.  It was fun to make a more traditional garment from an unexpected fabric. If this colorway isn’t your style, Mood Fabrics’ has many other tweed options .

Any styling suggestions?

 

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Comments


  • Manju
    April 20, 2015

    Lovely jacket Lori.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thank you Manju.

  • Angela
    April 20, 2015

    So cute! You did a lovely job, and honestly – I didn’t even see the stripe mishap until you mentioned it, and even then I had to stop and look for it. I’d be thrilled for a jacket I made to turn out so well!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thanks, I love my jacket and I didn’t see the mistake until the pictures!

  • Beth Conkwright
    April 20, 2015

    Super cute jacket. It will look cute with so many things.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      thanks, Beth, I think so too. The colors are great.

  • patsijean
    April 20, 2015

    I completely agree with Angela. I do love the jacket and the fabric is wonderful.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      thank you so much, Patsi, the fabric is fabulous.

  • Ginger
    April 20, 2015

    Fantastic! It’s so cool to see this fabric used for a shape traditionally reserved for denim. It’s so fun to shake things up like that!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thanks, Sonja, I sure had fun making it with this different fabric.

  • Erica B.
    April 20, 2015

    That’s a great jacket Lori! I love the colors of the tweed!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thanks, Erica, I loved the bright colors in this fabric.

  • Laurie
    April 20, 2015

    Nice job! Lovely colors and style for spring. What did you do for button holes?

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Laurie, I made traditional buttonholes but I only cut them on the cuffs. Truth be told, the thread sunk into the fabric so much, I could hardly see the stitching. I decided I would rather not mess the jacket up by cutting in the wrong place and I knew I would never button it up. Thanks so much.

  • Cennetta
    April 20, 2015

    This jacket is perfect for your mid-western spring. The color pop and I like the relax jean jacket look. Nice work all the way around.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thanks, Cennetta, it will get lots of wear, one day it is 80 and the next 40!

  • Cissie
    April 21, 2015

    Perfect spring jacket, Lori. I think your pattern choice was brilliant!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thank you, Cissie, it was a fun twist for sure.

  • anne jewell
    April 21, 2015

    i’m crazy about your jacket! i would style it with an inner column all one neutral color so the jacket takes center stage, but your casual shirt’n’britches combination works, too.–anne

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Thanks Anne and what a great styling tip, thank you.

  • DebB
    April 21, 2015

    So glad you chose the jean jacket style for your tweed fabric – it is a perfect combo! It looks great on you.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Me, too, Deb, thanks so much, it does fit my lifestyle.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    April 22, 2015

    This fabric is so cheerful and perfect for a spring day. I think this is timeless & imagine you will get a lot of wear out of it.

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Timeless is a good descriptive word, I sure will love wearing it. Thanks so much.

  • Amanda S.
    April 22, 2015

    Great minds think alike! I bought this one too for a jacket. It’s perfect for spring!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2015

      Amanda, that is so funny, can’t wait to see your version.

  • Fiona
    April 24, 2015

    What an amazing fabric and fantastic way to use it! I’m just about to start a jacket project and have been deliberating over interfacing so it’s really useful to hear about what you used and where, thanks!

    • Lori
      April 27, 2015

      Thanks, Fiona, I am happy this helped you. Have fun making your jacket.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    April 26, 2015

    Fantastic jacket, Lori!

    • Lori
      April 27, 2015

      thank you, Sarah.

  • Amy
    April 30, 2015

    I just love how this jacket turned out! When I get to cutting into my fabric, I’ll definitely be looking back through these photos!

    • Lori
      May 4, 2015

      Thanks, Amy, it is such nice fabric.

  • Laurahoj
    May 6, 2015

    This is a gorgeous jacket. I love that you went with the denim jacket style with tweed.

    • Lori
      May 12, 2015

      Thank you, Laura, it was fun to make the unexpected.