Little Pink Jacket!

The little pink jacket… it’s a wardrobe staple, right? Alright, maybe not, but it sure is fun!

I’ve been a bit obsessed with coats lately, and while I have a few in my sewing queue for this fall and winter, I knew that the first one I wanted to make would be for my mom. She has a fun personality and doesn’t take her wardrobe too seriously, so I knew I could have some fun with fabric and style. She’s a very casual dresser, but she likes styles that are classic or slightly vintage, so I thought this cropped swing jacket would be just the thing for her.

I’ve had this fabric in my stash for a while (I actually bought it as a backup for my runway-inspired two-piece outfit), and I thought it would be really cute for this. It’s a Marc Jacobs cotton-linen blend, perfect for transitional weather, and it’s available online, hooray! There’s also a black and grey colorway if you don’t like the bubblegum pink.  It was a Mood deal of the day… they’re hard to resist!

Since this fabric is loosely-woven, I decided to serge all the edges to stop raveling before it could happen, even though the jacket is lined. I used a woven weft interfacing to give this a little extra stability, and I really liked how that turned out. The interfacing made the seam allowances a bit thick, though, so after pressing them open I catch-stitched them all down to make sure they stayed really flat. This took quite a while, but it was worth it to make sure the results were really professional.

I used a cream-colored acetate from my stash, a Mood Fabrics NYC purchase from quite a while ago, to line the jacket. I had a 12-hour car trip ahead of me last week, so I decided to use that time to put the lining in by hand with about 88,000 fell stitches. I wouldn’t normally do that, but it was nice to have something to occupy my hands during the ride! But don’t worry… I didn’t do everything the hard way- I took the coat to Jonathan Embroidery and had them do the buttonholes! Call me crazy, but for some reason I don’t really like the look of bound buttonholes, so I had keyhole buttonholes done instead. Since there were only three buttonholes, that only set me back $3- not bad! I used covered buttons (covered by my brother, heeheehee… gotta put ’em to work!) for a cute and classic look.

The pattern is Pauline Alice’s Ninot Jacket. I thought it would be an easy pattern to fit long distance since it has such a loose fit. I mailed my mom a muslin, and she texted back photos so I could see the fit. I made a 1/4″ broad shoulder adjustment, but that’s it. Not bad! I’d planned to lengthen it a bit, but my mom liked the length as is.

Do you think she likes the jacket? Heeheehee!

What’s on your sewing table?




  • Lauren
    October 1, 2014

    Love the jacket! And omg, how adorable is your mom???

  • Peter
    October 1, 2014

    It looks terrific. Very luxurious!

  • Sew Well
    October 1, 2014

    Your mom looks great in her new jacket! Also, I can’t believe you can sew in the car. I can’t even read directions without getting car sick, let alone sew 80,000 fell stitches.

  • katie
    October 1, 2014

    Very chic and fun! I love the back view, it’s a very cute pattern and your mum looks great in it. I’d also totally buy the monochrome version of that fabric!

  • Lori
    October 1, 2014

    Your mom is just so cute and she loves her jacket. I love the look of the style and that fabric is wonderful (have a jacket from that fabric, too). I cannot believe you handstitched the lining, so very impressive. I have done bound buttonholes but they are not my favorite thing to do, I wonder if Jonathan Embroidery, would accept garments by mail!

    Once again, great job your mom looks great and so does the coat.

  • Becky
    October 1, 2014

    What’s on my table is a coat from a loose-weave fabric, lol! I haven’t gotten past cutting yet, because I’m also underlining most of it with organza, but serging the edges will definitely be in order.

    Your mom looks so happy with her stylish new jacket!

  • Sallie
    October 2, 2014

    Oh this is fantastic!! Your mom looks very happy indeed with her new jacket! Such an awesome fabric, and perfectly paired with this swingy vintage style jacket. And way to go with that lining!
    Also, I need a Jonathan Embroidery in my life…

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 2, 2014

    Mom looks fantastic in her jacket! Amazing you did this long distance 🙂

  • Cennetta
    October 2, 2014

    Wow! Your mom is beautiful. Great job on the pink jacket.

  • Amanda S.
    October 2, 2014

    She looks thrilled with her new jacket! Great job matching the fabric to the pattern.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 9, 2014

    This is an adorable shape and so classic – what a lucky mum!

  • Fiona
    October 12, 2014

    This is stunning stuff Sonja, your Mum looks amazing! I spotted that fabric too and some nearly made it’s way over to the UK. You’ve done an amazing job with the entire thing, especially the lining. I’d never really looked at the Ninot Jacket but it’s a really gorgeous design and now I’m tempted myself. Love the big swingy pleat in the back