Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Methinks I like My New Jacket

Sewing time for me has been at a premium lately, and this jacket has been a long time in the making. But it's finished, and I like it.

The pattern I used is Vogue 8480--a pattern with a lot of pieces.
I did sew a muslin first and made a few alterations based on the muslin. I altered the shoulder seams to eliminate gaping around the armholes, and I lengthened the sleeves and reduced the amount of flare in the sleeves.

This jacket was somewhat of a challenge for me, particularly the collar stand, notch collar and lapel. But the instructions were well-written and thorough. I just followed along, step by step, and was so pleased that everything went together so nicely.

My favorite part about the jacket is the inside--the part that won't be seen when I'm wearing the jacket. A new technique for me, I made Hong Kong finishes on the seam allowance using a bright pink fabric. I'd wear the jacket inside out if I dared...um, maybe not, but I do so like the seams.

You can read my more thorough review of this pattern at
pattern review if you're interested. : )

Next on the sewing agenda: spring and summer clothes for Emily. It seems like just yesterday that I sewed Emily her fall/winter wardrobe, but she just doesn't stop growing.



  1. I really like this! I love the lengthened the sleeves. I don't understand that recent trend of crop-sleeved jackets.

  2. Wonderful jacket Ruth!

    (when you have a moment...stop by and see what I've been up to lately!)

  3. Very nice! Wonderful job!!!

  4. Wonderful jacket, great job on the hong kong finish.

  5. Nice looking coat. I love hong kong finished seams. It makes such a difference when you take your coat off to see a professional look to the inside.

  6. Hallo Ruth,
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. It's such an incentive to carry on.
    I like you jacket. Especcialy the hidden treasures. Like jewels in a box.


  7. Methinks I like your new jacket! It is fabulous. And I love that you used hot pink for the hong kong seam finishes! It will bring a smile to your face everytime you peek inside.

  8. I too like your new jacket... It just fabulous!! I got my stylish black leather jacket from Wilsons Leather...

  9. I love the jacket that you made! I am not sure if I can make it myself too. Maybe I will try after watching your blog.. LOL! :)