I have been pinning these gorgeous denim jackets for a while now and had in my head to use the Freemantle coat or BHL Victoria blazer pattern to make myself a super funky version. I went with the Rose jacket pattern instead because the seaming offers some fun topstitching options and it just seemed more suitable for what I want to wear it with all round really.
I bought some amazing Ink coloured denim fabric from Merchant and Mills for this garment. I have had the sample tormenting me for a while and realised this would be a great project for it. Initially I was imagining more bleached denim, but I like how smart this one looks. It's completely dark on the right side of the fabric with no white threads from the weave showing through. At the moment it's pretty crisp (no pre-washing as I didn't want to loose the finish), but I hope it will soften slightly with wear.
P.S. it was windy, so before I scraped my hair up it was everywhere!!!
It's difficult to see, but I got rid of the front yoke seam. I overlapped the front yoke and main coat front by 3cm to get rid of the seam allowance and just treated it as one piece.
Rather than turn the hem edge under I created a facing for the front and back hem. I did this by drawing around the hem edge of my pattern piece onto my fabric with chalk and measuring the width I wanted my facing to be (plus seam allowance) from the chalk line. Cut both left and right out at the same time and boom you have facings! All construction continued in the same order as instructed.
Some little personal touches I added were to screen print my name on the back neck facing.
Hand stitch the buttonholes. Not brilliant, but nicer than my machined ones.
Add a leather hanging loop to the outer back neck, so it's on show.
Hand stitch the lapels down through the main jacket body and underside of the lapel.
One other thing was to make the pockets approx. 2.5cm wider and longer than the pattern. I just fancied marginally bigger pockets!
I thought it would be fun to show you how else I will wear this. I think a narrow silhouette on the bottom half is best for me to balance things out, so either skinny jeans as above or this denim pencil skirt I made a couple of months ago (just needs buttons, oops). Not going to set the world alight, but it's easy and casual and comfortable!!!
Not a tricky project, but a complete pleasure to make! I really enjoyed the process and took my sweet time on this one, which I don't do very often. I think it paid off though as this will be a long standing member of my jacket family!