Today's pattern is from this Japanese sewing book. I love the patterns in this book. It's fun to have basic patterns with variations for seasons, because we certainly have seasons here in Michigan. To be honest, I'm not sure what season it's supposed to be today. The calendar says summer, but the temperatures are screaming fall (my favorite season!)
The other day, I said that Mae already has plenty of summer clothes. That may have been the Biggest. Understatement. Ever. I could probably not do laundry again until October and still have clean clothes for her. I don't think I've ever sewn this much in my life! So, to start off the fall wardrobe, I decided to sew a jacket. I started with pattern F from the book and adapted it to be fully lined. After all, an unlined jacket would only be useful until about the end of September, if that. Lining it should at least make it wearable for a few extra weeks :)
I started with a corduroy that is pretty close to the Pantone color called Turbulence. I interpret it as a stormy blue/grey tone, and in the right light, this corduroy is exactly that color. Then I added a colorful floral print lining (more about that below) and snaps to match. I chose snaps because
I made a size 90 which fits Mae beautifully, even with the added lining. I don't need to roll up the sleeves since the length is fine unrolled, but I like how they look this way :) Even with the lining, this was an easy jacket to sew. And I imagine without the lining, this could be whipped up in no time at all. As with all Japanese patterns, it took me longer to trace the pattern and add seam allowances than it did to actually sew the jacket!
This jacket really is a party on the inside! This is one of my absolute favorite fabric prints of all time. I originally ordered five yards of it, and it is almost gone :( I only have just over 1/2 yard left. I just had to use it for this jacket since it has several of the Pantone fall colors in the print, which happen to be the same colors as the snaps. I just love happy coincidences :) Or, perhaps a bit more accurate assessment would be I didn't have any buttons that matched, so snaps it is!
Outer fabric - Corduroy from Joann's
Lining - Summer in the City by Urban Chiks for Moda
Snaps - Kamsnaps