Hello again! It’s Lucie from Love, Lucie

This make goes straight into my top 5 sews! It’s the Jalie 2679 Softshell Jacket.

In terms of practicality it takes first place.

Jalie is a pattern company based in Canada. They specialize in sporty practical clothes for the whole family. I don’t think there is an indoor or outdoor sport they don’t cover. Their patterns come in French and English. Minerva sell Jalie patterns but I got this particular pattern straight from Jalie as I especially wanted to use Softshell for its added wind protection.

It is described as a front-zip hip-length stretch fleece jacket pattern with long raglan sleeves, self-fabric cuffs and collar and two zippered hand pockets.

It comes in an incredible 27 sizes from age 2 to 50 inch bust.

The pattern calls for a fleece with 30% stretch across the width. My fabric was soft shell, so had little stretch across it’s width, but having checked finished the finished measurements I still went for the size according to my bust and hip (size S). If I were to make it again in this fabric I would probably grade up at the hip.

This technical fabric is Minerva’s mélange soft shell in mint.

Did you know that Melange comes from the French meaning of a "mixture" or "medley"? No? Nor me! It comes in a variety of colours or a plain non-melange version.

It was like a giant but very satisfactory jigsaw puzzle.

I had never constructed pockets and zips such as these but following the sparse, although clear instructions they came out perfect.

I would say this was definitely an intermediate pattern, with just two pages of instructions and a few diagrams. Although I had to turn down the radio a few times to have a good think about some of the steps, it was really satisfying how you could see the garment coming together.

The fabric was surprisingly easy to sew with. I used a 90/14 needle for wovens. I lengthened my stitch to 3.0 for the top stitching.

When it came to top stitching the collar, right towards the end, my machine kept jumping stitches. After a google search, a fresh needle and turning my speed down immediately sorted this problem.

I love all the top stitching on this jacket. I think it makes it look really professional. Everyone is amazed that I’ve made it.

Secret leopard print pocket linings!!

The pattern called for a 26’’ open end chunky zip which Minerva sell, but I sourced my pale grey one elsewhere. However, when it arrived it was strangely too long and I didn’t want to adapt it, so I sent for a 24’’ zip which was perfect.

This was definitely a slow sew. I took my time and it paid off.

Love, Lucie xx