I finally made a jacket! I am so excited about this make because I have been wanting to get into sewing work wear for the longest time. I work in a very smart office environment and I have barely any me-mades that I can wear to work because I’ve been too scared to tackle very fitted or tailored garments. Until now!!
The Jackie O’ Jacket is a cropped, round necked jacket with ¾ length sleeves, and patch pockets on the front (I left these off). The construction is super simple as it has no fastenings and you don’t need to line it if you don’t want to. It’s supposed to be a boxy shape as well which means there is almost no fitting involved. I was so pleasantly surprised at how quickly and easily this one came together!
The fabric I used is this gorgeous Dogtooth Black Wool from Rainbow Fabrics. It’s a polyester blend, £7.99 per metre, and it has the perfect combination of structure and flexibility. It is black and a slightly metallic dark grey, which gives it a really nice sheen. I ordered the recommended amount of fabric but ended up with leftovers and so I’m planning to make a matching skirt!
I cut out a size 10 but graded to a 16 at the shoulders as mine are quite broad. It is a really comfy fit on the shoulders, and it looks perfect from the front. I think it might have ended up a little too wide on my shoulders at the back though, and the way the back bodice joins the armholes isn’t perfect. It certainly won’t stop me wearing it but I might google the proper technique for broad shoulder adjustments next time instead of winging it!
The only blunder I had with this make was that I didn’t realise quite how drastically cropped it is. I have a really long body so it is only JUST long enough to meet the waistband of my work skirts. I don’t like the idea of the top I’m wearing underneath peeping through all the time as I move around. This is easily solved though as I’m simply going to have to make some SUPER high-waisted work skirts. An excuse for more sewing? Yes please!
Overall, I am delighted with this make and I can’t wait to make more and have a selection of handmade jackets to wear to work. I would highly recommend it. I might also give The Notch Collar Jacket a try!
Lizzie B x
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