Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters!
Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside.
My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I don’t know about you, but slick linings always feel kind of formal to me. I wanted the opposite of formal, plus warm. The answer? Microfleece!
So what you have here is Simplicity 1319, a reproduction of a 1950s pattern, in a very non-traditional combination.
You can see from the envelope art it’s a swingy jacket, great for dressing up. But I wanted completely the opposite—unstructured, maybe even suitable to throw in the washing machine (so I pre-washed both fabrics). I didn’t interface this at all, unlike the instructions. Which were pretty easy to follow I might add, in spite of giving myself quite a beast of a fabric to work with.
I admit: I honestly thought I had about a 50% chance of this project working. The faux fur was pretty hefty feeling, so I worried it would be such a heavy jacket I wouldn’t want to wear it. Or that the fur would be too bulky for the little turned back shawl-collar-into-pockets deal going on at the center front. Or, or, or. There were a lot of reasons this could have gone wrong.
But hey, you know what?
It totally did NOT go wrong! In face, I love the result! Of course, it is bulky… doesn’t much look like something you’d lounge around the house in, but when you’re wearing it? Ooooh yes. No complaints there.
I’m so glad I went with microfleece as a lining because it just adds to the snuggle factor. This literally feels like wearing a blanket because… well there are a lot of faux fur blankets with fleece backings so I don’t think I need to tell you why this is like wearing a blanket. 😉 But at least my blanket is chic!
But because it is really a jacket after all, I had to add my touch of personalization, since I do it with all jackets. But how to embroider a faux fur back neck facing? Nope, not going there. I just added a little “T” for Tasha in the lining instead.
Though the end result is bulkier than I envisioned in my head due of course to the fabric choices, it actually works out great. Because this is soft and unstructured I have no qualms scooting around the house in it. But it’s also quite warm, so I realized I could throw a pin on it to close it, and wear it out into the real world as an actual jacket too (once it warms way up)!
It was a risk to make this project, but I’m glad I took it. Sometimes risks end up failures and the only takeaway is a “lesson learned”, but sometimes you end up with a really awesome leopard print jacket!