Sometimes the most unprepossessing garments turn out to be your most useful ever. And so it was with New Look 6249.
In short, the old faithful throw on utilitarian sort of garment. The one you always wear.
Well, that is how this jacket has turned out! From not liking it, it has been the most useful garment of the season!
Of course, when you sew polar fleece you can't press the seams open - so I tend to trim one back and fold the other over in a false flat fell seam. This holds the seam in place and looks great on the outside, if you like the topstitched look:
With kimono sleeves, it is a little hard to open the seam across the right angle, trim back and fold, without a snip. I did not like the look of this, and thought it was a bit of a weak point, so I just reinforced and covered with a bit of bias binding:
The jacket does not have a closure, and I often wear it loosely and open, but I also wanted the option of closing it, so I added a snap fastener just about 3 cms above the pocket line on the front facing:
And on the outside added a decorative button which also covers the stitching holding the snap fastener:
The photographs are a little on the natural, windswept side, but that's totally what you look like on wet, windy days when you wear polar fleece jackets. In fact, I took them last week when I was having my bad hair day...but still, it does give a very realistic impression of how I would look on a windy day!
Unfortunately, details are hard to see in black, so you will only get an impression of the jacket.
I have to admit, I do love the big roomy pockets :
As for cost, I paid $10.00 for the pattern, $11.86 for the polar fleece at one of Spotlight's sales, $4.95 for the button, and allow $7.00 for snap, thread and needle allowance. $33.81. I cut size S, and did not do a muslin - there was really nothing to fit.
Wishing you all a good weekend and of course week to follow,