I want to make a fleecy jacket (sweatshirt fleecy in the U.S., tracksuit fleecy here ) for smart casual wear for the cooler months.
The pattern I think would work for this is Butterick 5926:
This is a simple, unlined jacket sized for knits. It has a centre back seam and front darts, and one piece sleeves:
Two lengths with patch pockets and two sleeve lengths. I chose the shorter jacket, with long sleeves. I rummaged through the stash and found this piece of knit, a polyester/nylon rib knit that I didn't like (I'm not a polyester person) purchased on one of Spotlight's special buy tables for $5.00 a metre. I thought it would be ideal for trialing this jacket:
First I made a quick muslin - even fabrics I don't like and am going to make into a test/muslin garment get a quick fitting muslin:
I cut size 10 for most of the garment, with size 12 through the sides as I found that the jacket was just too fitted for my mid section. The darts were fine, the waist needed to be raised - which I did just by changing the shape of the jacket to more of an A-line from the point where my waist was. I also took in the shoulder by half an inch. I shortened the sleeves along the lower L/S line by one inch/2 cm approx. I was unsure where the elbow dart would end ; in the finished garment it looked low but when I bent my elbow was in the right place.
I topstitched all edges about 1 cm in - I liked the defined chunkiness of this amount as it went with the textured rib pattern:
I made a small mistake cutting the jacket and did not properly align my stripes on the jacket fronts, which didn't matter because I realised my mistake and did cut the facings properly. But it did mean that if I cut the pockets with the stripes running down, the mistake would be obvious. So I cut them horizontally instead, which actually looks really good:
I decided to close the jacket with snaps and then put a button on the side you expect the button. I can do good buttonholes on knits ( I have my own way of stabilising the inside of the buttonhole which I will teach you one day). The snaps and buttons do line up, but I didn't do a good job of aligning them when dressing my dummy:
The inside was just overlocked, hem overlocked and turned up. Hard to see on black, of course:
Now for pictures of moi wearing the jacket:
I hate the standing still poses, especially the showing you the back shots, because in real life, you actually move and clothes look quite different:
So, that is my new wearable muslin jacket, made out of a fabric I do not like. Strangely, I now like this jacket a lot, and am already wearing it. It has a bit of warmth for wearing in air-condititoning or cooler days, and it is comfortable. So from a fabric in my stash that I did not like to a jacket in my wardrobe I love.
Sewing doesn't get much better than that!
I love this little pattern and it will go into my will make again TNT's. I think this will make a great alternative to cardigans - I can see many versions in all sorts of different knits.
But first, the fleece jacket, as planned....and which I hope to show you soon :)
Have a great week everyone, wherever you are,