Hello there – we are still having sunny days here, even if they are increasingly accompanied by chilly nights so we have gone out of the garden for photos today. These pictures were taken at Lewes Castle.
This is my first complete autumn sewing project. As soon as it started to feel cooler on my way to and from work I decided I absolutely needed a light jacket – the kind that you can throw on over various layers and that would be perfect for walking a dog (if I had one..). If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen the making of this coat over the past few weeks.The pattern I used is the Papercut Waver Jacket pattern. When this pattern was first released I didn’t find the pictures on their website very appealing, but there are a lot of lovely versions of this coat around – check out Lauren’s version here with amazing fur hood and Fiona’s version with teddy bear lining here.
I wanted my jacket to be a little bit formal so I can wear it to work as well as for walking my imaginary dog. Ages ago I pinned this jacket from Polyvoreand I had this kind of fabric in mind when I went shopping. I found this cotton and polyester mix fabric in the sale at Ditto in Brighton recently – I can’t see anything similar online to link. It is a really dark charcoal grey, not at all drapey but has a bit of stretch and it has a very slightly fuzzy finish (with a slight nap that I completely failed to notice when I cut it out..) For the lining of the body I used some left over blue/black jacquard viscose lining – used for my first coat project. This was from Clothspot and is long gone – but this one is similar. I didn’t have enough left to make all the lining so I used some black crepe backed satin from Abakhan remnants bins for the hood and sleeve lining. This coat definitely has all the lovely, slinky linings!Based on my measurements – and allowing a bit extra for layers – I cut a medium shoulders and waist, grading out to large at the hip. Others have reported that the pattern does run quite large and I would say that is true.
I initially cut the longer version but ended up shortening it to somewhere between the two lengths. The main adjustment I made was to shorten the sleeves as they seemed really long on my test version – I wish I hadn’t done this now – I think they are fractionally too short after hemming.
I think I probably could have reduced the height of the hood though – I feel slightly Scottish Widows when it is up!
And I used snaps for the very first time! It was completely nerve-wracking hammering little holes into my almost finished coat, and two fell off the first time I opened and closed them but it was so much faster than sewing buttons on and I love how they look. I used a Prym anorak kit and it seems to have worked pretty well.
It feels really good to have got my first big autumn project out of the way and I’m pretty sure that I will wear this a lot until it is time to get the winter coat out. Now I just need to get my to sew list under control and work out what to tick off next. How is everyone else’s autumn sewing plan coming along?