Sunday, 11 September 2011

Shirt into Jacket

Dear sewers and readers,
Every now and then I get a bright idea then I try to translate that idea into reality and don't quite make it. 
I know what I am envisioning, but the reality turns into something else. I had bought some khaki linen the last time I was in London and I wanted to make a casual jacket, easy, throw on, doesn't matter if it creases type jacket. Instead I ended up with a very serious looking Chairman Mao jacket.


Chairman Mao

Let me say I am actually pleased with my jacket as long as I lighten it up like this:

Or this:

There is luggage in the picture, dear reader, because I am going on holiday. I am meeting up with my DD in London tomorrow, then a friend joins us and we are going to Barcelona! and Paris! That is why I have a big grin on my face. But back to business:  this is what I had in mind, something more like a jean jacket.

I had a pattern that was similar, a V8689 shirt, vogue website  generously given to me by Sigrid at this year's European PR meeting in Brussels. You can read Sigrid's blog here. You can also look up this pattern on Pattern Review. Sigrid did not feel she had a success with it, but two other posters who have bodies a little more like my straight-up-and-down one did. Before you ask yes I did consider shortening the finished jacket but it did not work. Pockets lower down on the body (like a normal jacket) did not work either.
I spent two weeks working on this jacket. I modified the collar to sit a bit lower. I went two sizes up for extra ease on the body. I decided to interline with some cotton batik that I have oodles of to make the linen sit a bit better, then I lined the thing. I asked myself why do I do this? Tailoring is fun until you have a deadline and just want the thing finished. 
But finished it is. It is a fair way toward being what I wanted - something trans seasonal yet lightweight. The interlining does give it a bit of wind proofing and body that it otherwise would not have had. As usual, I will do a PR review when time permits.
I'm going travelling!
Happy sewing everybody.


  1. I think it's a lovely, versatile fall piece. Great job!

  2. Hey that was quick! Thank you.

  3. Yes I think you will actually find lots of ways to wear this in the end. Have a nice holiday - green with envy.

  4. I love linen. And khaki, so this is a great combination.
    Take pictures of your travels and share please!

  5. Love the colour and linen and your jacket will get lots of use. Enjoy your holiday, I'd be grinnng as well.

  6. Than you guys.. Liza Jane don't worry, pics will soon follow :))

  7. Love worn with the striped t-shirt under.