Collarless Boucle Jacket
Posted on Monday the 30th April 2018 by Michelle Sews
Hello again!It has been a crazy month here, in many ways. I think we have seen every permutation of weather possible over the last few weeks - from snow to sunshine and everything in between! So I feel like I’ll still get some wear out of this project for MCBN - a collarless tweed jacket.I came across this Tweed Fabricwhile browsing on Minerva (which I do waaaay too often!) and fell for it right away. I knew I wanted a simple, short jacket that would be easy to mix and match, and I thought the lovely pink and red tones in it would add a nice pop of colour to my working wardrobe without being too full-on for my day job. The fabric is a lovely weight - it responded really nicely to pressing at the collars and facing edges and has a nice texture to it, for visual interest.
Luckily I had a matching lining in my stash!
The PatternI consulted my stash and found theStyleArc Harriet Jacket Pattern. I have had it for a while and wanted to make it, but I think I was nervous about it looking a bit too staid on me. I realised that it was the collar I was most concerned about, so I decided to omit it. This instantly felt like the right decision, because (as you’ll know if you’ve seen my Instagram feed) I’m a big fan of the humble cropped collarless jacket.
The MakeI thought this was a really nicely drafted pattern. It includes facings and linings, and features a single, French, dart on the jacket front.
Style Arc’s instructions are more on the minimal side than a lot of indie patterns, but if you’ve got a bit of sewing under your belt you can usually figure out any steps that aren’t covered in much detail. I followed the instructions without difficulty, but if you haven’t made a jacket before you might end up Googling a couple of steps. Instead of using their recommended method of bagging out the lining, I opted to hand stitch the lining to the hem. I don’t know why, but I actually quite enjoy doing it this way instead of bagging out the lining through an opening in the sleeve. There’s something relaxing about a bit of hand stitching and I find that a jacket hem doesn’t usually take too long to do.Other than omitting the collar, and lengthening the sleeves (which is a standard alteration for me), I didn’t make any other fitting adjustments. If you’re thinking about making a Harriet, I’d say to go for it!Before long, the jacket was finished.. well, almost. I can’t decide on a fastening. I am currently leaning towards a single snap at the neckline at centre front, so as to keep the look clean from the outside. But I do also have a nice set of textured black buttons which could work well. I’m going to mull it over for a while, but in the meantime here are some pictures so you can get a sense of how the Harriet jacket looks on a person!
Until next time.. happy sewing!Michelle