Thank you Melissa of Malicadesigns for hosting the Sew Long Summer blog tour! Last year, Melissa graciously had me as a guest blogger (way easier, haha) and this year I have my own new space!
Summer definitely wasn’t long enough this year, but on we march toward autumn days. In Arizona, that means watching football games and marching band competitions in the stifling heat. This year, it also means I’m preparing our wardrobes for a cruise 🚢 during the October school break. Coastal California will be cool in the fall so I chose to sew a jacket. Especially after seeing one at the thrift store that I loved. It fit perfect and was so cute…but had 3/4 sleeves (I don’t see the point). As I stood looking in the mirror and admiring the jacket, I realized that it was the same style as a pattern I already had! And bonus, I had this dreamy navy striped interlock that I’d been saving for just the right pattern for a few years!
Anyway, a combination of lack of planning on my part and the rest of life happening, I sewed this jacket all afternoon and into the evening (before my deadline)! Gasp! I sewed on and on, even skipping lunch, although I did have to stop and feed my guys some dinner before finishing. That explains why you are seeing night time photographs. Luckily for me, we have some powerful yard lights, haha!
Just look at this awesome stripe matching! This pattern with it’s 15 pattern pieces is not for the faint of heart, especially if you choose stripes, and are on a deadline!!!! Unless you love a challenge, of course!
I made the Evergreen Jacket from Hey June Handmade about nine months ago in light blue French Terry so I knew it would fit well. The sleeves are the perfect length when the cuffs are folded in half like my light blue jacket. In my rush, I forgot to fold the cuffs and make sure I didn’t have wrinkles, oops!
This jacket is shortened by 1/2″ and both are graded out for my hips. Most of the Evergreen is sewn on a sewing machine. A walking foot is a necessity for great results with this pattern. I wouldn’t attempt to sew one without it! In fact, I used the walking foot instead of my zipper foot for the zippers! Wonder tape is another good friend to have on hand for this pattern.
Here’s a description of this wonderful jacket.
The Evergreen Jacket is a stylish yet cozy knit jacket with moto-styling, an asymmetrical zipper, and zippered pockets. The yoke, collar, and front lapels are fully faced so your garment will be beautifully finished inside and out. The sleeves are two-part, adding a little shaping and a fun detail on the back. Make the Evergreen Jacket in a cozy sweatshirt fleece and you’ll live in it all weekend. Or make it in a stretch faux leather with ribbing accents, pair it with your skinny jeans and boots and you have the perfect Saturday night outfit!
– A .pdf pattern in sizes XS – 2XL
– Instructions for printing only the pages and size you need
– Diagrams for taping the pattern together
– Notes on choosing the best size and fabric and sewing with knit
– Digitally illustrated directions for every sewing step
– A print shop copy so you can print the entire pattern on one sheet of 36″ wide paper or 2 sheets of A0 sized paper.
As I was cutting all the pieces, I was beginning to think it was too many stripes and wondered why I didn’t do solid cuffs and band at least. Oh well, it was too late to change my mind and I really love my awesome new jacket!
So what do you think? Does it look like the perfect nautical piece for our cruise and to say sew long summer?
Be sure to check out the other exciting things on the Sew Long Summer Tour this week…
Monday’s Bloggers: (direct links to SLS posts)
Tuesday’s Bloggers: (direct links to SLS posts)
Wednesday’s Bloggers: (direct links to SLS posts)
Thursday’s Bloggers: (direct links to SLS posts)
Friday’s Bloggers: (direct links to SLS posts)