I’ve been planning to make myself a jeans jacket for a long time, I really need one, especially since I have managed to lose two of them while travelling, but that’s another story. Mind you, the fact that I keep losing them might be a sign that I’m destined not to have a jeans jacket. Anyway, to realise this ambition I bought the Style Arc Stevie Jeans jacket pattern a couple of years ago and it’s been languishing in the pattern stash for that time.
Another thing I’ve wanted to do is participate in #designindecember, a great looking sewing challenge hosted by Linda at Nice Dress! Thanks, I Made It. It’s a challenge that tasks you to sew your version of a designer garment or outfit that you have been craving. I came across it when I first joined the online sewing community but with one thing or another like travel, work and the festive season, plus other sewing challenges, I’ve never had a project together in time. However this year, I’ve decided to finally chip in.
This image has been lurking on my Pinterest board for a couple of years too. You know how it happens, you go on a pinning rampage and most of the things you pin never see the light of day ever again but this one kept coming back into my mind. When I got the opportunity to sew some of this sheer crystal organza fabric as one of my #minervamaker reviews, I knew just what to do.
I had to psych myself up to sew this organza – I thought this would be quite a difficult fabric to work with. It was actually much easier than I anticipated. If you go to tackle this material I’d recommend making sure your edges are finished before you pre-wash to tackle all that fraying. Then using some technique to make sure that all your edges are encased. I didn’t overlock because I didn’t think that would look attractive through the material. I also opted not to do French seams because this pattern has a lot of topstitching and I figured I could finish my edges while I did that topstitching, which is what I did. I followed the instructions and did the double topstitching and then tidied up any loose bits with a dab of Fray check afterwards.
This was my first time using a Style Arc pattern and I’ve read quite a few people say that the instructions are pretty sparse. Even though I’m prone to view instructions as a ‘guide’ and have been known to go ‘off piste’ frequently and follow my own rules for construction, I was a little dismayed when I saw the instructions. At first I thought I hadn’t downloaded everything because I couldn’t find them. Then I realised they come as part of the pattern sheet on an area the size of an A5 sheet of paper with minuscule writing. I must admit that I found that even though there are a lot of pieces, this pattern was easy to go together and the construction is quite intuitive. However, the one point where I had difficulty, attaching the cuffs, was one of those for which there were no clear instructions, the maker is just expected to know how this goes together. Apart from this one hiccup, however, with a steady approach and working methodically, I was able to construct this jacket quite easily.
It really does come together well despite appearing daunting at first. The topstitching is pleasing to the eye and I enjoyed how the transparent fabric allows you to enjoy the construction – this appealed to Nerdelaine.
Once all the pieces were assembled all that remained was to apply poppers to close it up. I went for poppers as I didn’t want to subject this delicate material to the vagaries of sewing buttonholes. I used a Prym poppers and pliers set and I’m really pleased with the finished effect.
What do you think? Would you wear a sheer jacket like this? It’s frosting and not practical but as soon as I get to travel, this baby will be with me in my suitcase. What will you be wearing on your first post pandemic holiday?
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