The Jackie Coat

When I first saw this new pattern from local professional seamstress Lena Merrin it was love at first sight.  It reminded me of a classic 60s Jackie Onassis look and screamed to be made up immediately.  Appropriately, it is called the Jackie Jacket.

The Jackie Coat

The pattern is a pdf and offers an A1 option for printing at a copy shop.  I went to Officeworks and it was only $12 to print 6 pages.  As this probably saved me about 2 hours work sticking together A4 sheets and banging my head against the floor in irritation during said task, this was money well spent and I wish everyone offered this option. 

The Jackie Coat

I cut a size 8 and graded out to a 10 in the hips.  As this coat has alot of ease, I could have made the straight 8 and it would have been fine also.  The ONLY alteration to this beautifully drafted and dream to sew pattern was to slightly taper the sleeve darts to accomodate my puny sloping shoulders. I also made a slight cutting error on the hemline when my pattern shifted while cutting (oops) that I think resulted in it being about 3/4″ shorter than intended as I had to trim a bit to straighten my wonky cutting out (cutting late at night – and also note to self – stop cutting out on carpet – the fibres grab the fabric and distort it). 

I loved the experience of sewing this pattern – it went together like clockwork – the drafting is just lovely (I know I said that already but it bears repeating).  The instructions are excellent although a certain level of skill is assumed for some steps.  For the bound buttonholes, welt pockets and the bagged lining additional support is provided on the website with photo tutorials providing extra information that I closely referred to.  As I have only just recently made the Anise Jacket, that experience really helped with putting this together much faster as I was familiar with the techniques involved (minus the handstitching – thank goodness).

The only place I deviated from the instructions was for the facings for the bound buttonholes.  As my fabric frayed so much (it practically disintegrated when I handled it) I decided to use the same technique for my Anise which is to use fusible interfacing to secure the opening (tutorial here – just skip to the part discussing the facings).

The Jackie Coat

My buttons are simple ones from Spotlight in a charcoal grey, my lining is a charcoal grey satin also from Spotlight.  I don’t have any shots of the “guts” – but I am really happy with the lining and how professional it looks.

The Jackie Coat

The Jackie Coat

The Jackie Coat

The Jackie Coat

The Stats:

Pattern: $18 + $12 printing = $30
Fabric: Wool blend coating from fabric.com on sale = $6.98 for 2 yards (already in stash)
Lining: A satin in a charcoal grey 1.2m for $17.99 from Spotlight 
Notions: buttons $6 and interfacing and thread from stash.

Total: $61.  Minus the pattern (which I will be using again for sure) that means a coat for only $31. 

  • It looks just like I intended! Very well done 🙂

    • Thank you Lena. I had so many compliments the first day I wore it. There are a few errors in technique/finishing that you would see a mile off (still learning about interfacing and I didn’t grade the seams as it frayed so much I had to overlock everything before sewing, which results in some seams/corners being a bit bulky) but I am so happy with the result. Will be making another one – thinking something in a lighter weight for spring maybe. Also I am very excited about your new pattern company. I am LOVING the name.

      • Thank you! some exciting stuff is going to happen 🙂

  • It looks just like I intended! Very well done 🙂

  • Sharon

    Wonderful coat and so good to hear that it was a dream to make.

    • It truly was. There are still a few little “mistakes” that an eagle eye could pick out (from a mile off) but I am much happier with the finish on this coat than my Anise (my Anise experience paying off) and I learnt so much from this make as well. Thank you as always for your lovely supportive comment. 🙂 I really appreciate it.

  • Wonderful coat and so good to hear that it was a dream to make.

  • Shar

    You coat popped up in my Flickr feed this morning so I came right over to read about it. I LOVE this – the style, the wool coating you used! We’ll be heading into fall shortly and this looks like such a great piece for cool days. I checked out Lena Merrin’s site (love the gored skirt she has too). Good tip about the A1 sheets. I never think to go to a print shop.

    • Thank you Shar. I’ve actually seen the skirt close up – Lena was wearing one at a Sydney Sewers Meetup. Its really gorgeous and super flattering. I’ll be making one of those soon too. In fact I think I will be a bit of a Lena-groupie, LOL.

  • You coat popped up in my Flickr feed this morning so I came right over to read about it. I LOVE this – the style, the wool coating you used! We'll be heading into fall shortly and this looks like such a great piece for cool days. I checked out Lena Merrin's site (love the gored skirt she has too). Good tip about the A1 sheets. I never think to go to a print shop.

  • Oooh, I was thinking about making Anise, but I may like this coat better, very Jackie O and very much my taste. If you could only choose one, which would you choose?

    • Hands down this one. It is flattering straight out of the envelope with very little fitting required. It is as comfortable as a bathrobe but the first day I wore it I got compliments from everyone. The bagged lining and instructions IMHO are superior and yields a more professional finish with less effort. The Anise is a very different look so style wise they are not comparable but it is harder to get a good fit due to it being more structured and I had to do a number of fitting adjustments to get it looking ok. The Jackie Jacket I didn’t even make a muslin. But if you like this style I say go for it! I actually think this style would be flattering for all body types.

      • Just ordered it! Thanks for your input. I was really leaning towards this one, especially since I bought a more structured blazer type jacket last year.

  • Oooh, I was thinking about making Anise, but I may like this coat better, very Jackie O and very much my taste. If you could only choose one, which would you choose?

  • Gail

    Oooh, that’s really lovely!

  • Oooh, that's really lovely!

  • So beautiful! That coat looks like a comfy dream. Maybe I’ll get around to making a coat this year… Perhaps. 🙂 Yours is great inspiration!

    • Thanks Susan. I highly recommend this one. Its a fun one to start with.

  • So beautiful! That coat looks like a comfy dream. Maybe I'll get around to making a coat this year… Perhaps. 🙂 Yours is great inspiration!

  • Margo Bergman

    Lovely coat!!!

  • Lovely coat!!!

  • Tatiana

    I was going to sew Anise, but I think I just changed my mind, this is beautiful!

    • Thank you. Its a gorgeous pattern and I hope I see lots of them popping up on the blogosphere. Its heavenly to wear.

  • I was going to sew Anise, but I think I just changed my mind, this is beautiful!

  • Hands down this one. It is flattering straight out of the envelope with very little fitting required. It is as comfortable as a bathrobe but the first day I wore it I got compliments from everyone. The bagged lining and instructions IMHO are superior and yields a more professional finish with less effort. The Anise is a very different look so style wise they are not comparable but it is harder to get a good fit due to it being more structured and I had to do a number of fitting adjustments to get it looking ok. The Jackie Jacket I didn't even make a muslin. But if you like this style I say go for it! I actually think this style would be flattering for all body types.

  • Thank you. Its a gorgeous pattern and I hope I see lots of them popping up on the blogosphere. Its heavenly to wear.

  • Thanks Margo.

  • Thanks Susan. I highly recommend this one. Its a fun one to start with.

  • Thank you Gail!

  • Thank you Shar. I've actually seen the skirt close up – Lena was wearing one at a Sydney Sewers Meetup. Its really gorgeous and super flattering. I'll be making one of those soon too. In fact I think I will be a bit of a Lena-groupie, LOL.

  • It truly was. There are still a few little "mistakes" that an eagle eye could pick out (from a mile off) but I am much happier with the finish on this coat than my Anise (my Anise experience paying off) and I learnt so much from this make as well. Thank you as always for your lovely supportive comment. 🙂 I really appreciate it.

  • Thank you Lena. I had so many compliments the first day I wore it. There are a few errors in technique/finishing that you would see a mile off (still learning about interfacing and I didn't grade the seams as it frayed so much I had to overlock everything before sewing, which results in some seams/corners being a bit bulky) but I am so happy with the result. Will be making another one – thinking something in a lighter weight for spring maybe. Also I am very excited about your new pattern company. I am LOVING the name.

  • Just ordered it! Thanks for your input. I was really leaning towards this one, especially since I bought a more structured blazer type jacket last year.

  • Thank you! some exciting stuff is going to happen 🙂

  • Wonderful! Congratulations! It looks great!

  • Wonderful! Congratulations! It looks great!

  • It’s beautiful! What a great fit. It looks really comfy and warm.

  • It's beautiful! What a great fit. It looks really comfy and warm.

  • I love this coat! I see why it made your Top 5. It’s fabulous. g

  • I love this coat! I see why it made your Top 5. It's fabulous. g