Jackie Coat Sewalong: My Jackie Plans

I’ve been sewing like a crazy woman for weeks but like many of us, find the opportunities for taking photos limited so I haven’t blogged for a while.  But I thought I’d take the chance while dinner is roasting to share my Jackie Coat plans for the upcoming sewalong in July.

As I already have a wool version that I wear heaps for casual/day wear I wanted to make this one a bit “special” for more dressy formal wear. Here she is (click to see it larger) ….

I was able to find this amazing cotton velvet from Pitt Trading.  Seriously, even if you don’t live in Sydney, I highly recommend this small independant store to all fellow Aussie sewers.  I phoned them and had a chat about what I was thinking of sewing, my aversion to having to dry clean stuff and what colours and styles I liked.  They sent me in the mail a selection of swatches that they hand picked for me, including a few samples of fabric not on the website.  All very reasonably priced around the $15 – $20/metre mark. 

I ended up buying 3 metres each of these:

The first one, which is earmarked for the Jackie Coat, is a beautiful stretch cotton velvet.  It can be handwashed or even machine washed.  As it has a bit of stretch I plan to block fuse with some lovely lush interfacing that they sent me in the same order.

This one is a synthetic (also hand washable) but feels divinely silk like (as opposed to gross synthetic like – all synthetics are not created equal, that is for sure) with a lovely hand and drape.  It’s a chanel-jacket-style fabric.  This one is earmarked for a suit – a french-chanel style jacket with a pencil or perhaps a-line skirt.  It also would make a completely lovely coat so I may change my mind about this.  How gorgeous is the selvedge?

I did this all over the phone.  The postage was less than the cost of a drive to the store and the service was fantastic!! They even sent me a bunch of trims to look at to go with the second fabric.  Ordering the samples first, which was fast and no cost, ensured that I could order with total confidence.  If you are like me, and stuck in sewing-land Siberia with only large chain stores at hand, it really doesn’t cost more to order online/by phone and if you order swatches first, you can’t lose. 

  • Tatiana

    arghhh, I can´t wait until July! I have the perfect fabric for the coat, I want to make it now, haha! Can I just ask you a quick question? I know this will be covered on the sew along, but I want to make longer sleeves as well, and I am just wondering, did you narrow the sleeve when making it longer?Seeing the pattern illustration it seems that the sleeves are really wide, so if you just lengthen the sleeves without narrowing them, they will look weird on the longer version? Thanks a lot for your help!

    • They are wide but not excessively. Just generous. I am expecting the longer sleeve will look like Gertie’s Vogue raglan sleeve coat here http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/finished-raglan-sleeve-coat-from-vonbbs.html. I have also seen a version where the sleeve is gathered into cuffs which looks good too. I think we will have more options to lengthen and keep the width and then they can always be narrowed later. I’ll do a full post on how I alter my pattern and show a couple of the options. And so glad you are joining us!

  • Tatiana

    arghhh, I can´t wait until July! I have the perfect fabric for the coat, I want to make it now, haha! Can I just ask you a quick question? I know this will be covered on the sew along, but I want to make longer sleeves as well, and I am just wondering, did you narrow the sleeve when making it longer?Seeing the pattern illustration it seems that the sleeves are really wide, so if you just lengthen the sleeves without narrowing them, they will look weird on the longer version? Thanks a lot for your help!

  • They are wide but not excessively. Just generous. I am expecting the longer sleeve will look like Gertie's Vogue raglan sleeve coat here http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/finished-raglan-sleeve-coat-from-vonbbs.html. I have also seen a version where the sleeve is gathered into cuffs which looks good too. I think we will have more options to lengthen and keep the width and then they can always be narrowed later. I'll do a full post on how I alter my pattern and show a couple of the options. And so glad you are joining us!

  • Love the look of that coat! And the colour is awesome.

    • Thanks Debbie! It’s so lush. I am really hoping it turns out how I see it in my head. We will find out!

  • Debbie Iles

    Love the look of that coat! And the colour is awesome.

  • Taking photos is always the hardest part of the whole blogging thing, isn’t it? Gorgeous fabrics, and that coat pattern will be beautiful on you, I can tell!

    • Oh thanks Melanie!! I’m planning on getting a new camera soon which might inspire me to make more of an effort. And thanks!! I’m glad you think so. I’ve been PORING over your couture jacket class posts getting inspiration for the second fabric too.

  • Taking photos is always the hardest part of the whole blogging thing, isn't it? Gorgeous fabrics, and that coat pattern will be beautiful on you, I can tell!

  • Thanks Debbie! It's so lush. I am really hoping it turns out how I see it in my head. We will find out!

  • Oh thanks Melanie!! I'm planning on getting a new camera soon which might inspire me to make more of an effort. And thanks!! I'm glad you think so. I've been PORING over your couture jacket class posts getting inspiration for the second fabric too.

  • Great fabric choices Janelle! 🙂 Also psst apparently Pitt Trading is having winter fabric sale shortly!

  • Great fabric choices Janelle! 🙂 Also psst apparently Pitt Trading is having winter fabric sale shortly!

  • I think I might join you! Of course I’m totally late to the party, haven’t bought the fabric or the pattern. But anywho, I’m sure I’ll be able to catch up 🙂

    • Not too late at all. The sewalong is not starting until July 15 so plenty of time. Glad you are joining us.

  • Elizabeth

    I think I might join you! Of course I'm totally late to the party, haven't bought the fabric or the pattern. But anywho, I'm sure I'll be able to catch up 🙂

  • Not too late at all. The sewalong is not starting until July 15 so plenty of time. Glad you are joining us.

  • Velosewer

    Gosh it’s cold. I think it’s time for a Jackie sewalong!!

  • Velosewer

    Gosh it's cold. I think it's time for a Jackie sewalong!!