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May 29, 2006

Small Changes, Big Difference

Filed under: Pattern Reviews — Gorgeous Things @ 10:09 am

By Diva Ann, GorgeousThings

I was thinking of titling this post “Fashion Forward but Bass Ackward”, because I got the notion in my head to make a hoodie jacket from wool jersey during a stint of 80 degree days here in Boston. I don’t know, maybe it’s my subconscious desire to move to Australia, but when the weather gets hot, I like to work with winter fabrics. It’s the opposite when the thermometer reads below freezing – I’m making Aloha shirts and sundresses.

Be that as it may, I received a package from my dear Kashi at Metro Textiles in New York. In it was a rust colored wool jersey that spoke to me when I pulled it out of the box. I just finished teaching a class on fleece jackets, and I had hoodies on the brain. But I didn’t want to make this into a typical hoodie jacket. So I rifled through my pattern stash and came across the HotPatterns Sportive Skirt Suit:

Aha – Perfectt! I like the welt pockets, and I think the jacket would work well in a single knit, even though jersey didn’t make it into the list of recommended fabrics. This one is close enough to a stable knit though, that I thought it would work.

But I wanted to make a couple of changes. The pattern calls for a full lining and a zipper closure. I didn’t want to line the jacket, because I plan to wear it as a casual jacket, not as a funky suit topper as the pattern indicates. But most important, I had the happy circumstance of placing my fabric next to a length of hook and eye tape that I bought at Pacific Trims in New York when I was there in February. After sifting through my fabric stash (thanks to Georgene for letting me know that it’s genetic that I stash), I came across the perfect silk charmeuse for contrast facings and the hood lining:

I used the charmeuse to make the bags for the welt pocket as well.

And here is a back view of the jacket:

I really like the way the closure changes the character of the jacket completely. It was a very small change, but it makes a huge difference in the way the jacket looks. I’m going to make a skirt to go with this from a rust-colored silk charmeuse using Kwik Sew 3108 in my mitochondrial stash for the skirt. I think I’ll use the yellow charmeuse as contrast panels. Check back later for that.

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Happy Sewing!


  1. Love the jacket. Your welt pockets turned out so nice! I didn’t notice the hook and eye closure on the review, that’s a nice touch.

    BTW, I also like to sew for the opposite season, I just thought I was odd. lol It makes me feel like I’m ahead, instead of behind…

    Comment by jemgirlca — May 29, 2006 @ 11:35 am

  2. Ann, I love the hook and eye tape. I used the same one on a ordinary jewel neck cardigan, and it changed it to extraordinary. Love the charmeuse lining/facing idea. Yummy!.

    Comment by Georgene — May 29, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  3. I love it! Wool jersey with silk charmeuse sounds absolutely scrumptuous. Yum!

    Comment by Gigi — May 29, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

  4. Fabiulous! The contrast lining was definitely the right choice too.

    Comment by Phyllis — May 29, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

  5. Beautiful jacket, as always, and loved the hook and eye closure. I’ve not seen them before.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 29, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  6. absolutly stunning!
    I bet you look gorgeous in it 🙂

    Comment by Tini — May 30, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  7. This jacket is gorgeous! I love the idea of using a hook and eye closure – so original.

    Now I’m thinking I need to order this pattern!

    Comment by Stacy — May 31, 2006 @ 6:28 am

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