One of the great things about sewing for yourself is that it makes you think through what kinds of clothes you like, and what styles you identify with. Although I wear a lot of florals, I’m not a super-duper girly dresser. I’m not sporty, or vintage. I’m not super glam on most days.
What words would I use to describe my style? Casual for sure. Bright colors almost always, but I love my dark neutrals. The clothes I love have a little bit of edge to them, but not so much that they don’t wear easily. My body works so hard caring for other peoples that I need comfort. So my style might be summed up as “loud and comfy rocker mom“. Do you see it? Yes? If I put the clothes I put on in the morning hits all those marks, I feel like a million bucks.
So I’ve been trying to work those ideas into my projects, which is why I pulled out the Evergreen jacket pattern. Adrianna sent me this pattern three (!!!!) years ago when I posted a dressing room photo gushing over a moto sweatshirt.
A motorcycle jacket is delightfully edgy, but because it is made out of sweatshirt material, it is so very comfy! I just need to wear it with some bright colors and I feel amazing.
This pattern was a fun sew! Adrianna used some fun techniques for finishing the yoke/collar area, and I loved that she posted a free moto collar mod for the jacket which was more to my taste than the classic collar.
To be perfectly honest, I did feel like quitting in the middle because my fabric was giving the hardest time with topstitching. It is bulky stretchy fabric, without good recovery. My standard machine was not a fan. I decided to push through because no one can see the stitching at all. I’m so glad I did! I think I could have added some stabilizer to all of the seams and it would have helped. I will remember that for the future. Also, if I make another (and I hope I do), I might mess with the construction order. I would love to see the bottom hem finished in a different manner. I see why she chose the construction methods she did, and I think the one she provides gives the best results to the most people. However, I’ve sewn enough jacket hems to want to try a different way.
- Pattern: Evergreen Jacket by Hey June Patterns
- Fabric: Heavyweight navy french terry from a LA fabric warehouse (no online shop. sorry!)
- Measurements: Height – 5’10”, Bust – 43 inches, High Bust– 39, Waist – 43 inches, Hips – 51 inches
- Size/Adjustments: Size XL in shoulders/bust/arms graded out to a 2X through stomach and hips
P.S. Those white straps I have on are the straps of my soon-to-be released bag pattern – the Pavia Backpack. I totally forgot to turn around and have my husband take a shot of the bag while being worn. Oops. So this photo will have to suffice until the pattern comes out. 🙂