Skip to main content

Made by a Fabricista: Just in Time...a Summer Jacket!

I hope your summer is warm and sunny!  In my neck of the woods, it seems to be struggling to stay in tune with the date on the calendar....warm then cool, blazing hot one day and then a cold front from Canada sets in and bam, it feels like fall! This little jacket from Kwik Sew to the rescue!


I choose a rayon suiting fabric that I just love! It was heavenly to work with. I love how the checks/plaid is woven into the fabric, not just stamped on. Fabric Mart has some lovely suiting fabrics out there and I haven't been disappointed in any of them!


A photo bomber!  



Now, off to find a pattern for summer as a layering piece that coordinated with many pieces in my closet and Kwik Sew 3334 was the winning choice. I just love the bracelet-length sleeves and the notched collar. I thought it would be perfect. This little jacket took less than two yards of fabric so it was very economical to sew. I was very concerned about trying to match the pattern but since it is so small, it was super easy.


Of course I modified this a bit. But first an aside to explain my changes. I am taking a class on Craftsy from Kenneth D. King on making a jacket and he recommended a few things that I decided to incorporate. First was to staytape the edges of the garment NOT cut on the straight grain: for example, the armhole areas and neckline. I simply used HugSnug seam binding that I've had in my stash forever and it worked great. It didn't add any bulk to the seam, is invisible from the garment's right side and according to Kenneth, will extend the life of the jacket--score!
















This little jacket is unlined and I simply didn't want to just serge the seams. I decided to use a contrasting cotton for the Hong Kong finishes on the inside since I wanted a pop of color that could be visible when I moved just right and I think I achieved that! This bright orangy-yellow was also from my stash. I cut one strip for each seams and applied before constructing the garment. Seriously, this took about an extra 30 minutes and I think the results were well worth it! I even added the bias trim to the sleeve and jacket hemlines, although those to locations were added after construction.


I just love my little jacket! It is such a great layering piece and works well with so many other clothing options in my closet. I needed this jacket!



Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!

Comments

  1. Your new jacket is lovely. I really like the Hong Kong seam finishes.
    I love the jacket pattern but am still leery about notched collars. Yours look so good!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Arlene! The notched collar on this jacket is so easy! Make a practice collar first--that's what I did so I would have success with the 'real' one!

      Delete
  2. I agree with Arlene - the Hong Kong finishes really set it off! And the notched collar looks great, I will see if my local store has this pattern. Using Hug Snug - interesting idea that something that simple could so so much to extend the life of the jacket - but those armholes would certainly wear out fast without some extra protection.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Angela! I've shied away from Hong Kong finishes and now I am hooked! Thanks for commenting!

      Delete
  3. That's a very pretty neckline and collar – it would look great buttoned without a shirt underneath – that's if the neckline isn't too low!
    Vancouver Barbara

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, great idea Vancouver Barbara! Yep, I don't like necklines that are too low or that I have to worry about dipping too low! :)

      Delete
  4. What a lovely jacket - perfect for summer! I have this pattern and have been planning to make it for quite some time. You have inspired me to move it to the top of my list!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't wait to see your very R Trittel! I hope you'll post it on a blog or somewhere we can see it! All the versions are so cute and unique!

      Delete
  5. Great summer jacket! I've never tried the hong kong seam finish because I thought it would take too long. Good to hear that it only took 30 minutes- it really makes this jacket special!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ann! I too thought the Hong Kong seaming would take forever but was so surprised and now I'm hooked!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: Summer Brunch looks just in time for Mother’s Day

Happy First Friday of May! I am truly excited that I have 22 more work days left before the summer break.  This school year has been a roller coaster ride and I have enjoyed some high moments and dealt with some low ones in between.  I wanted to start my summer looks early and decided to focus on looks I can wear when I visit Jamaica or other tropical places. These looks made are both great for Sunday brunch as well. This set is my first faux romper for this year and I love the fact that I can rock it as separates. When I came across this yellow graphite gray polyester fabric , I knew it was perfect for summer.  To top it off, I found the perfect matching earring from Purple Paradise Studio in lime (Rise stud in lime) and knew I wanted a chic summer faux romper set.  I decided to hack  McCalls 7943 dress pattern and create another top.  I have made it several times as I truly love it and plan to use this pattern as one of the beginner patterns for my summer sewing class. I have made it

Made By A Fabricista: The Summer Blues

People often speak of the “Winter Blues”, but today I bring you the “ Summer Blues ”, and it is all good news. Most people don’t think of blue as a summer color but personally for me any color is Summer ready depending on the style and fabric. The moment I seen this Polyester Lycra Diagonal Plaid Stripe Print DTY Knit (SYB8432) I knew I wanted to make something fun for the hot weather to come. I love the Navy/Black/Powder White mix of colors and prints all in one designed fabric. This DTY Knit is made up of 96% Polyester and 4% Lycra with a 4 Way Stretch. It has just the right amount of stretch but yet not too much to make it difficult to work with. If you used a pattern not calling for stretch fabric you definitely want to make adjustments when choosing your size.   With the different patterns in this fabric and made cutting it a breeze because I actually misjudged the amount of fabric, I needed but was able to cut the bodice in one direction and the skirt in another. That’s what I

Made By A Fabricista: Playing with Stripes

Have you ever made a garment that you concluded was a skill builder?  The pattern, the fabric, the technique all taught you something?  Well this post is all about the skills I learned or improved on with this dress.   First let’s start with the fabric.  We got stripes.  Stripes can be used in fun ways to create a lot of visual effects.  When I got this rayon challis from Fabric Mart I didn’t really know what exactly I was going to do with it.  I ran through a list of patterns I already had and none of them quite fit.  I knew going in I was going to have to match up the stripes at least on the sides of whatever I made but I did quite know what was in store for me with the pattern I ended up picking out.  Now let's get to the pattern. Deer and Doe is one of my favorite pattern companies.  They have nice classic silhouettes that I feel work well with my body and frame.  I wanted a new pattern though so I went on the hunt for what I thought would be a simple design.  Boy was I surpri