Just in time for Easter I got my tweed jacket ready. I took my time with it because I wanted it to be extra special, inside and out!
It is my first sewing project this year and is the first on my sewing plan for 2021, which I want to follow. We'll see if I stick with it....
When I discovered the pattern 104 for the jacket in Burdastyle 11/2020, I knew I wanted to sew it! Then it took a while, because I wanted to sew a coat as part of the coat sew-along by Anke @grenzgaengerdesign last fall. Meanwhile, I had already started with my sewing plans for the jacket.
I wanted to sew the jacket from tweed fabric. I still had two in storage from my mother's fabric stash. But since each one did not yield enough material for the whole jacket, I decided to
make it out of both. A patchwork jacket, so to speak!
The cut lends itself very well to this. I just had to choose which of the two fabrics goes where. For this, I took the technical drawing and hatched the squares with pencil accordingly. I wanted the sleeves and pockets and yokes to stand out from the rest. I decided to use houndstooth for the sleeves, yokes and pockets and herringbone for the front and back. It somehow looked better on me in the mirror than the other way around.
Then I had to choose the color for the separable zipper, which was pretty obvious to me pretty quickly. I wanted blue because I wanted to add a pop of color in all that sheepskin gray. Since I like to wear blue things, it goes well with most of my stuff.
The tweed fabric was very easy to sew. However, it frayed very much at the edges, which is appropriate for a decent woven fabric. I have all always overlocked.
In the beginning, I was too lazy to thread in the matching color thread. Black thread was still in it. It's always a bit of work with the overlock. So it was my own fault when the needle broke twice. After threading the right yarn, everything went like clockwork.
The pockets and the front yokes were lined from the left side with a nice rose lining fabric. It wasn't in the instructions for the pockets, but it made it easier to sew the pockets onto the jacket pieces and nothing frayed.
When I sewed in the zipper, another needle had to believe in it, this time from the sewing machine. But all in all it worked out well.
The sleeves are a little getting used to with the elastic cuffs, but it makes the whole cut a little more feminine. The sleeves slip unfortunately always a little high, so they seem too short, but maybe that "gets along" yet.
And here are a few more impressions from our photo shoot at Branitzer Park in Cottbus. Two days ago it was rather summery warm and my tweed jacket a bit too thick for the temperatures. But now it got cooler again - always this up and down - and the jacket is just right.
Spring is finally here! I am glad that my severe winter blues are finally over. Now the vitamin D household can be balanced again. You can see from the happy pictures what a few warm rays
of sunshine can do for me. :-)
I can highly recommend this pattern. It is not so difficult to make for advanced sewers. You can sew it with plain fabrics just as well. However, I had a lot of fun combining the two tweed fabrics. That's the beauty of our hobby, that we can usually make an even better piece out of a (fabric) hardship.
And with that, I'm making a nice big tick behind my first sewing project this year and already looking forward to the next one - the black suede pants to match the knitted coat from last year.
Now I will enjoy the Easter days, even if this time there is no traditional Easter fire in the circle of my family. But with my husband in our garden.
I wish you all Happy Easter, health and beautiful hours in the green!
Facts for Tweed Jacket:
Pattern: Burdastyle 11/2020, Mod. 104
Material: 2 different patterned tweed fabrics, lining fabric
Accessories: dividable zipper, Vlieseline
Alteration: I lined the pockets.