What can you make with two and a half yards of organic cotton twill? Read on!
Last year I’d purchased this red cotton twill in a shade Mood calls “tomato.” It’s available not only in tomato (here), but also in a great many other beautiful colors (here). It’s the perfect weight for jeans or a casual jacket and very easy to sew with. It also has no spandex, which is my preference for cotton fabrics.
For my project, I turned to the recently published Japanese pattern book, “Men’s Clothes For All Seasons,” which I’d picked up at the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya in Manhattan. It includes patterns for 22 different men’s garments in 5 different sizes. The design that immediately caught my eye was the cotton work jacket (alternatively called a chore jacket) featured on the front cover. I knew the red twill I had in my stash would be perfect for it.
The patterns must be traced by hand and, since seam allowances aren’t included, they must be added. (The tracing was the hardest part of this project.) The jacket itself is unlined, has four front patch pockets, and a center back vent.
Even though I don’t read Japanese, I found the detailed photos and illustrations easy to follow. There were a few things I’d have done in a different order, but otherwise there were no snags. Happily, the jacket came out exactly like the one on the book cover. It’s perfect for early fall and the color is definitely eye-catching. You won’t get lost in a crowd in tomato red!
I sewed a size Medium, though I’m generally a size Small in American patterns. The one adjustment I might have made would have been to lengthen the sleeves roughly an inch and a half, as there wasn’t enough sleeve length (for my arms) for a deep hem. Instead, I added a bias facing (below), which worked well since it also added extra heft to the edge of my sleeves.
I could have done my buttonholes myself and usually do, but I treated myself to professionally made ones from Jonathan Embroidery. They are perfect.
As you can see, I opted for red buttons for a monochromatic look.
This chore jacket is going to get lots of wear this season: it’s perfect for layering over a sweater or for wearing alone. I’m excited about making more of the patterns from “Men’s Clothes For All Seasons” — and about sewing with more of this organic cotton twill — it’s truly versatile and comes in great colors.
Now I must get started on my chores (he he).
See you next month!