This is my 3rd project for the lovely Minerva Crafts Blogger Network (3 already - time flies!) This time I decided to work with a Kwik Sew pattern, a company I was previously unfamiliar with:
I chose a blue cotton drill fabric, some leopard fleece lining (which has since sold out of the Minerva website, but they do another similar leopard fleece fabric), and 3 zips, and here's what I came up with:
I chose view A, but without the front pockets, mainly because welts and exposed zips are something I'm a bit scared of, so I chose to avoid them on the front in case they went horribly wrong. But I did put them on the sleeves at the cuffs, and I'm so pleased with how they came out!:
It's been a long time since I pushed myself to try a new technique in the world of sewing, and I'm so glad I did. Huge respect to whoever wrote the pattern instructions, because they were extremely easy to follow. It involved sewing a small interfaced strip to the right side of the sleeve, clipping and turning it to the wrong side, then placing it over your zip and top stitching:

The design was quite detailed - it even included the little triangles that go behind the zips, like a real leather jacket!

Some more details:

Epaulettes on the shoulders

Double breasted zip closure and collar.

You see a sneaky glimpse above of how the leopard fabric came in to play. The pattern doesn't call for lining; they just suggest you 'finish the seams'. I decided to add a lining to give the jacket more weight and to make it warmer. I just used the side front pieces and the sleeves exactly as they were, and cut the back minus the facing and with an extra 1/2" at the centre back to create a pleat. Here's the result:

I admit I'm a bit of a snob about certain fabrics, and fleece is something I've managed to avoid in my own wardrobe. I've worked with it before in items made for Mr Needles, like his Margiela-inspired jacket. But this is the first time I've used it and worn it - it's so cosy, I can see why people swathe themselves in it. And it adds just the right amount of weight to the jacket that I can probably wear it on the cold grey days we're currently experiencing here in London.

And that's that!

See you soon!