Making the Artemis Jacket
Posted on Thursday the 10th May 2018 by Athina Kakou
The Artemis Jacket by I AM Patterns was on my sewing list for months. I was so in love with all the versions that had been popping online that I just had to make one for myself.
The pattern is a very simple and a bit oversized jacket, perfect to throw on in the morning and stay warm. Depending on your fabric choice it can look completely different as well. A few months ago, I AM Patterns posted a hack of that jacket, making it longer so that it looks more like a coat. I liked it so much that I decided to make it long. But as you can see in the photos I didn’t go for it in the end and I’ll explain why in a minute.
To make my Artemis I chose this gorgeous Brushed Cotton Fabric from Minerva with big flower prints on it and a blue background. I got 3 metres to make the long version and I knew that it wasn’t going to be a winter “coat” but just a lightweight coatigan for Spring and Autumn. The thing is, as I was getting ready to cut it, I decided that I was going to get much more wear out of a shorter lightweight jacket this season. So I went for the short version instead and I am leaving the long version for a proper coat in the winter months.
The pattern calls for buttons as a closure, but I didn’t sew them on because I wanted a cardigan-type jacket. It is also meant to be unlined and the original instructions tell you to just overlock the raw edges. This was something that bothered me a bit, so I looked it up online and turns out that I AM Patterns released a free lining add-on available on their website. They don’t give you any separate pattern pieces, you basically use the same pattern pieces of the outside jacket, but shorten the hems by 6 cm. The add-on also includes the instructions on how to line Artemis.
I started sewing it by following the instructions but I quickly realized that the way they were telling me to do it meant that I would still have some exposed raw edges that I had to overlock. This made no sense to me, as I think the whole meaning of lining is to hide the raw edges. So I decided to make it in my own way. Instead of putting the lining and the jacket wrong sides together, as instructed, I put them right sides together to enclose all the raw edges. I kept the collar sandwiched inside the two layers (the jacket and the lining and it worked like a charm! The instructions tell you to machine stitch the hem, but I prefer hand stitching it closed so that I don’t have a stitching line visible from the outside. And that’s what I did. It took a bit longer, but it was definitely worth it.
Overall, I really like my Artemis, but I’m not sure I would ever make another one, at least not the jacket version. Although I love that it is oversized and easy to wear, there is something about the fit that just isn’t right. The front part of the jacket sits a bit higher than the back, which looks a bit awkward in my opinion and every time I put my hands in the pockets the neckline pulls down and is a bit uncomfortable. I am still going to wear it lots because I love the fabric I used and it actually goes well with many things in my wardrobe, but I’m not going to make another one soon.
I hope you found my review useful and if you made an Artemis yourself, I would love to read your thoughts.