Inspiration Strikes: Jackets!

Hello, everyone! Did you make any sewing plans for the new year? I’m really excited about making heaps of garments this year, but I think I’m most looking forward to sewing my first jacket! But what kind of jacket should I make??

I love the idea of a classic wool jacket (have you SEEN Erica’s gorgeous pea coat?), but in my quest to add more color to my winter wardrobe, I’m trying to avoid navy and black. So what about starting with a classic pea coat silhouette…

coat by Burberry

…and pumping it up with some bright color?!

coat by Burberry

Whoa! This is a whole new ballgame! Let’s paw through some bolts (virtually, of course)! Here‘s a gorgeous poppy-colored wool:

Italian wool double cloth in poppy

Wouldn’t this be amazing as a coat? Or what about this ridiculously amazing fuchsia wool?

Italian wool in deep fuchsia– yum!

Of course, it would be crazy to forget about our new Pantone color of the year, emerald! Here’s a nice deep green wool blend:

Wool/mohair/silk (!) blend in kelly green

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a chic animal print! Imagine this sexy leopard-print wool as a coat! I’m already purring at the possibility!

Italian wool in grey leopard

So what do you think? Does all this talk of jacket fill you with inspiration? What’s your ideal outerwear style? Do you like classic silhouettes in bright colors, or do you like to pair neutral colors with edgy, modern shapes? Do tell!

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  • Erica B
    January 10, 2013

    Now that I finally made my classic pea coat, I’d been thinking of making a colorful one before winter is over.

  • Ginger
    January 10, 2013

    Oh, I would LOVE to see what you would choose! You definitely rock bright colors with confidence and style!

  • Cidell
    January 10, 2013

    Oh, I was just going through my Burda patterns looking for a peacoat myself! Thanks for getting me thinking!

    • Ginger
      January 10, 2013

      Ooh, fun!! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Ginger
    January 10, 2013

    I don’t normally tackle anything as difficult as a lined coat but I was having serious jacket envy for a friend’s pink coat lined with silk patchwork. So, McCall 6224 is on my dressform (and all over my sewing room) right now in red baby corduroy. I’m making the short version with the hood. My mother’s friend (in her 90’s) gave me some quilt squares (Dresdan plate pattern) that she hand pieced from old men’s silk ties. I pieces those squares together to cut the lining pieces from — so the center back lining has a big pieced circle in the middle. I strip pieced lining for the peplum.

    Almost finished. Have to say I LOVE working with the cotton baby cord — it finger presses very crisply, so the iron is not even hot right now.

    I guess you could call it my little red riding hood coat. As another Ginger who sews, I love watching your posts and gaining inspiration. Seems like we’re on the same wavelength regarding coats right now! 🙂

    • Ginger
      January 10, 2013

      Oh, WOW, that sounds like a really special jacket! I LOVE red– I had a red peacoat in high school that I adored, even though it was in cheap polyfleece. The lining sounds so amazing, and I never would’ve thought of baby cord. Great idea! I bet this will be a piece that you will treasure for years! Happy sewing! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!!

  • sweary sewer
    January 11, 2013

    wow, you read my mind. i spent hours on the interwebs last night trying to find a double breasted coat pattern for women because i really want to make a blazer type, a knee length type, and a pea coat. ALL OF THEM AT ONCE!!!!!!!!

    do you have any pattern suggestions? i only really saw one PDF burda pattern, and i don’t do PDFs.

    • Ginger
      January 11, 2013

      Erica used Vogue 2873, which is unfortunately out of print. There’s Simplicity 1759 (a Project Runway pattern) Simplicity 2868 is a bit different, but it’s got cute raglan sleeves and would make a great little jacket. Vogue 1266 is a long coat pattern that would look pretty glamorous! But really, if you’re looking for a classic peacoat, there are so many cool vintage patterns. Etsy has tons of awesome coat patterns right now!

      • sweary sewer
        January 11, 2013

        man, you rule – thanks so much! i didn’t come across any of those when i was looking last night. :/ thanks!

        • Ginger
          January 15, 2013

          Let me know what you choose! I’m interested to hear! 🙂

  • Becky
    January 11, 2013

    The one time I made myself a winter coat, it was a peacoat in black. (But a tone-on-tone embroidered black, so it’s still not boring!) I’m actually surprised it’s held up as well as it has, because the outside is not wool out of necessity. Whenever I have to do it again, I’ll probably still stick with a neutral color, because then I have an excuse to keep hoarding all of my colorful knitted scarves! But that emerald green is quite pretty. And I do love me a good peacoat.

    • Ginger
      January 11, 2013

      Ooh, that’s a good way to wear colors without getting bored (I imagine that there are a limited amount of ways to accessorize an orange jacket).

  • Janine Whisler
    January 11, 2013

    What inspiration! I have made the Project Runway’s Simplicty 2508 before, it was so easy and there are lots of options to it. I love the idea of bright colors, but I struggle with putting so much time into a garment that I may not wear because of color (I picture people saying “here comes that Orange Coat AGAIN). But I love the idea of emerald green, especially with your coloring!

    • Ginger
      January 11, 2013

      Oh, I’m glad to hear that you had a good experience with the PR pattern! It really seems nice!

  • Julia
    January 11, 2013

    I can never find any coating fabrics that are groovy and don’t contain wool. Sure which someone would make such things easier to find for those of us non-woolites.

  • Ginger
    January 11, 2013

    What about corduroy? Or waxed cotton? Those would both make cool coats!

  • Amy
    January 25, 2013

    How’s the jacket process going?! I hope well as I’m very excited to see it!