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?