Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Minerva Blogger Network blog. I finally got to make myself a Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Core Patterns. And what better fabric to make it than blue cobalt cotton twill.

I made a size 8 and shortened the sleeves by 10 cm. I just used the shorten/lengthen lines on the pattern pieces. However, be weary of that. My under-sleeve pattern did not match my top sleeve and it was not because of the pocket. If you need to adjust the length of the sleeve, l make sure you true up the seams and make a toile before cutting into your pattern. Bellow is a picture that shows how different the pattern pieces look. 

As the twill is a bit stiff, I didn't want to used it all over my jacker so, I used a leftover sewing themed fabric for the back facing (just because I can) and for the sleeve pocket lining a fat quarter came in handy.  The outside might be simple, but there is fun going on on the inside.

Although I like all views of this pattern, it was View C that caught my eye, so this was my first version made. The instructions were easy to follow and the designer has a sew-along on their website for those who needs some extra pictures or a lengthier description of each step.

I am super happy with my new blue jacket. Those black and white buttons complement the blue very well. I make me think of the 70s though it’s not a vintage pattern.

I think that if made in a thiner or softer fabric, I could get away with wearing it as shirt or blouse. What do you think? Would that work?

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Core Patterns - Sienna is a chic utility jacket inspired by vintage French workwear. Designed for hard-wearing use by makers and artists, it functions as both stylish outerwear and a highly practical layer for use inside the studio. With a slightly dropped shoulder, Sienna features a crisp notched collar which can be worn buttoned at the neck with an optional snap button. It is unlined and finished with durable seams. Views A & B feature deep hip pockets, a hidden breast pocket and waist-cinching belt with D ring closure that can be worn closed, or open by looping the belt in the opposite direction; View A hits at mid-thigh and View B ends at upper thigh. View C is a short chore jacket with button closure, optional sleeve pockets and a back button placket.

Sizing:  0 - 20 all on one envelope

Fabric: view C only – 2m of 1.5 m wide blue cobalt cotton twill and leftovers for the back facing and sleeve pocket lining

Notions: view C – 9 black and white buttons (I had in my stash), medium weight fusible interfacing, 13 cm twill tape for the hanging loop (optional).

Modifications: Although my body measurements put me closer to size 10, I decided to cut a size 8 and shorten the sleeves by 10 cm to account for my height (1,57 m or 5ft2).  I did not topstitched down the facing, but hand-sewn it trying to make the stitches invisible instead.

Instructions:  They are easy to follow and diagrams are accompanied by good written directions. Also, the designer has on their website a sew-along with in depth instructions and loads of pictures.

Fit:  I was ok. I realised that I have taken to much length for the sleeve, so I only used a small hem on the sleeve to account for them.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:    yes, even though I am much shorter than the person pattern is drafted for. Will add back about 3 cm to the sleeve length so I can do a proper hem on the sleeve.

Watch out for:   if you need to shorten or lengthen the sleeve, make sure you do a toile and true the seams before you cut your fabric for the under sleeve.  I was lucky I had some fabric left and I could cut another pair.

Make Again?:   Definitely, I also want tor try view A as well.

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Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick