Little Plaid Jacket!

Hi, guys! I hope your week is off to a great start! One of my favorite things about sewing clothes is that you can find unique ways to make a style your own. For example, you can take the edgy, menswear-inspired moto jacket, but make it up in pastel lace, and you’ve created a unique look that really shows off your personal style! So, for this little jacket, I wanted to try the classic Chanel-inspired silhouette, but use a casual (and extremely washable!) fabric that screams “me”!

I knew right away that I wanted to use a plaid flannel cotton for my take on this look, and what better way to go than a classic buffalo plaid in red and black? (Note: if you wanna get your grunge on, check out Mood’s selection of plaid flannels here!) Once you’ve gone through the hassle of matching and cutting your plaid, cotton flannel is the EASIEST fabric to sew- it loves steam, and doesn’t really even need pins! Yay! Plus, it’s soft and warm, but breathable, and it doesn’t wrinkle very much, in my experience.

My original plan was to quilt the flannel with a layer of cotton batting- wouldn’t that have looked cool?? But after further reflection, I started to think that the jacket might be too warm with the added layer (since it’s a cropped jacket with three-quarter length sleeves, I won’t be wearing it on very cold days). But I wanted it to have a bit more body, so I fused all the pieces to a lightweight interfacing, except for the facings (medium-weight for those guys!). I like the effect of this- it’s not as drapey and baggy as flannel is on its own, but it’s not stiff or inflexible.

Now, there are quite a few patterns you can use to make a little French jacket like this, but I chose the Coco jacket by Schnittchen. I like the rounded edges at the center front, and I also really like that it has front darts. There’s a fair amount of shaping in the center back and side seams, too, so it’s not as boxy as other takes on this style. I really enjoyed putting together this pattern, and found that this two-piece sleeve gave me probably the nicest-fitting sleeves I’ve ever had in a blazer style! One tip if you make this pattern: when I go around curved edges like the center front, in addition to shortening my stitch length, I also sew one side with the facing up and one side with the jacket front up. This way you’re stitching the exact same curve in the same direction on each front (from top to bottom in my case, but you could also sew bottom to top). If you’re a very accurate stitcher, you probably don’t need to do this, but in my experience, my curves are very symmetrical when I do this!

OK, let’s talk about the elephant in the room… the PLAID elephant. GUYS. I totally failed to match the plaid at the side seams. Here’s the thing- I used my usual technique of matching the front, back, and sleeve pieces at a spot 2″ below the armscye, BUT, I completely forgot to factor in the dart! As a result, everything matches… for about 1.5″ above the dart! Ack! I didn’t have enough fabric to re-cut the front pieces, so I decided to just live with it and really, it’s not the end of the world… as long as I don’t think about it too much because HOLY COW SO ANNOYING!

I lined the jacket with a Mood fabric I’ve had in my stash for a very long time- I’m pretty sure it’s this, but can’t be certain. Now, I love me an animal print, so when I needed to buy some black fabric, naturally I grabbed the black-on-black animal print! There is a bit of disagreement in my home regarding the exact animal we’re dealing with- the fella feels that it’s python print, while I’m CONVINCED that it’s a small-scale giraffe print because EWWWWWWW PYTHONS NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Obviously it’s a small-scale giraffe print. Wait, that makes me want to see a small-scale giraffe!!! Scientists, get on that!

Oops, I’ve been sidetracked by tiny giraffes! ANYWAY, I’m really happy with this little jacket and am glad to have a little more tomboy chic in my wardrobe. I’d like to make another version in something fun and textured, like jacquard or a chunky wool knit! This is the PERFECT style to use up special pieces from your stash- it doesn’t take very much fabric, and will look really different depending on your fabric choice. Now, tell me, do you like to sew classic shapes in untraditional fabrics? What’s the most fun you’ve had mixing up a look? Jackie O sheath dress in vinyl? Classic trousers in quilted nylon? Peacoat in neon boucle? Do tell!

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Comments


  • Adriene RR
    March 23, 2015

    I love the twist you put on such a classic silhouette…very inspiring!!

  • carlalissa
    March 23, 2015

    I thought the elephant was Ricky Nelson at the back of the Jacket, or is the lining print elephant footsteps? Any how love how the jacket looks on you!

    • Ginger Makes
      March 23, 2015

      Hahahaha, yes, yes, it’s elephant foot print! 😀

  • Lori
    March 23, 2015

    I like this jacket so much, it is fun and chic and edgy!

  • True Bias
    March 23, 2015

    ok, i would never thought of making this in a plaid, but it totally works for you. and sorry, but it looks like python to me 🙂

  • Cennetta
    March 23, 2015

    Adorable jacket inside and out.

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you, Cennetta!

  • Rachel
    March 23, 2015

    I love this piece! Such a sweet little jacket that has ended up edgy and amazing with the fabric choice!! Love it – and will need to check this pattern company out for sure!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you, Rachel! It’s quite a nice pattern!

  • Liza jane
    March 23, 2015

    Oh it’s definitely tiny giraffe print. And I want to see one of those in the wild, too. Love this! Yes, it’s so you! Love the juxtaposition of the ladylike silhouette and the buffalo plaid.

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Now I’m pretty sure I need one in animal print! 😀 Ooh, I bet this style would look so sweet on little girls like Jane… I wonder if there’s a similar children’s pattern!

  • SewSavory
    March 23, 2015

    Love the jacket! Here’s a tiny giraffe for you:
    https://youtu.be/rkB9OT2XVvA?t=22s

  • Amy
    March 23, 2015

    What a fun use of plaid flannel! It looks great on you! And, I know how you feel about those side seams, but the front looks great. When I first saw this post, I thought maybe this jacket was your clever way of saving the plaid top you mentioned in the comments last week. But, it doesn’t sound like it is. Anyway, this jacket still rocks!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Yes, that plaid is still waiting for a rescue! 😀

  • Becky
    March 24, 2015

    I love this twist on the Chanel jacket– I never felt like that style was very me, either, but I would definitely wear something like this version. Also, if it makes you feel better, the last time I made a button-down plaid flannel shirt, I did exactly the same thing! Perfect above the dart, completely off below.

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Aww man, the sneaky dart tricked you, too? Annoying!

      I could totally see you in this style! I think the trick is to look at the shape and try to erase all memories of stuffy boucle! 🙂

  • Sallieoh
    March 24, 2015

    Oh my goodness this is so ‘you’! Is it wrong that whenever I see a good buffalo check flannel I think of you? Regardless, this plaid really suits this style of jacket! I think Chanel might want to take note. And I don’t know dude, in my book there are way worse sins than a little plaid matching fail. I just can’t get too fussed about something that you have to point out to people to get them to notice! Anyway, I love this, it adds such a cool element to your outfit!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Heeheehee, actually, that makes me happy! Just call me Lumberjill! 😀

  • Lauren
    March 24, 2015

    I think my favorite thing about your sewing is all the cool twists you give to otherwise classic clothing. It’s not really something I ever consider for my own closet, but seeing your makes is really inspiring. Case in point- I can’t ever see myself wearing a Chanel jacket, but I love love LOVE what you did with this one! It’s so good!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you so much! It’s always a fun challenge for me to figure out ways that I can make something my own. 🙂

  • Grace
    March 24, 2015

    Don’t you just love wearing the 3/4 length slleve? It’s such a great style. I love the choice of using buffalo plaid!

    • Ginger
      March 24, 2015

      I really do! I find that if I’m wearing long sleeves, I tend to have them rolled or scrunched up anyway, so I may as well just sew three-quarter sleeves! 🙂

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 24, 2015

    Adore this! So cute and very much your style. I keep looking at this pattern and the new Named pattern… and then keep telling myself… I have enough jackets… don’t I?

  • Marilyn Benson
    March 25, 2015

    Super cute!!

    • Ginger
      March 25, 2015

      Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    So cute! And so perfect for you Sonja! It was a really great idea to use the plaid for this style of jacket. I’ve been seeing a lot of this shape around and am really tempted by the Coco pattern. As for the plaid matching, the side seams are under your arms, who’s gonna see?!