So my first Blog post for the wonderful Minerva Crafts Bloggers Network and it has come at just the right time. Autumn is well and truly with us it seems so let me introduce you to the ‘Shacket’. And yes, it is a real word (and there was I thinking I had invented it!). The Shirt/Jacket is exactly what is needed for the cooler months so that’s what I have made. 

So the Shacket is just a standard shirt cut a little larger than your normal size but made with less conventional fabric. My fabric choice is far from conventional! I picked the lovely grey frayed jacquard wool blend fabric. It is a heavyweight but drapes beautifully. It is also ridiculously cheap!

The pattern of choice was the Kwik Sew 4075 and I chose this pattern due to sizing. It comes in XS-S-M-L-XL so picking L would be ideal for me. It would allow plenty of ease and room to wear over other clothes.

Now considering the fabric I didn’t want buttons and certainly didn’t want to try to sew lots of buttonholes: Simple solution, Press-stud fasteners, the kind found on coats. Now I did make a mistake here as I ordered the refill set and that didn’t come with the tool for fixing them to the fabric! After much rummaging I found the tool from a previous set! Finally I could make a start. Construction was simple and I didn’t interface anything as the pattern suggests. Why? Well the fabric really doesn’t need the support and I wanted a softer collar and cuffs. (So that is one-step less to do!)

I ordered extra material to allow for ‘pattern matching’ well not really but I did get all the lines to go in the same direction so a little more is helpful. I made the flap pockets, cutting the flap in the opposite direction as a detail. The cuffs were cut straight.

The instructions suggest using the ‘Burrito’ method to attach the yokes and it is possible. The bulky fabric needs to be carefully pinned out of the way though so take your time. I flat felled the shoulder seams and French seamed the side/sleeve seams. Now if you haven’t yet made a shirt then don’t be put off with setting in sleeves as you don’t have to! The sleeve is sewn up at the same time as the shirt sides. The shoulder seam is stitched before and is so easy to do.

All the seams were double row topstitched in a light grey thread, again adding a little detail.

In conclusion it was a very easy make. The pattern was easy to follow and the fabric surprisingly good to work with (even with all the frayed bits!).  I love wearing my Shacket in the evenings now the temperature has dropped a little. It is easier to slip on than a thick jumper but is great at keeping you warm and cosy. Would I make another? Definitely! I shall be on the lookout for more warm fabric that could be used.

I hope this post inspires you to go and make one? Has to be better than a Christmas jumper, surely?