Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Bright New Jacket

Happy New Years Eve!
Here is a jacket that I just finished today.  I've been working on it for about four days.

It was made using Butterick 5469.  I got this pattern a while back when it was on sale at JoAnns for 99 cents.  The fabric is a pink linen that I picked up at a thrift store for $1 for about 2 1/2 yards. I used a white sheet for the lining that I also got from a thrift store.
Butterick 5469

I've been running out of space that I can store fabric yet I keep buying more, so I picked this to use to clear up some space.  I looked around on Pinterest for ideas on what to make with it and found these:
Source: via Casey on Pinterest

Source: via Casey on Pinterest
Source: via Casey on Pinterest
Source: via Casey on Pinterest
I finally decided to make a jacket and luckily the only jacket pattern that I owned was perfect.

I according to my measurements, I should have cut a 12 but  I always cut 1 or 2 sizes smaller.  I ended up cutting an 8 and it fit great.  I made view A but with the sleeves from view D.   I also added a 3 inch sleeve facing since the sleeve length was a bit shorter than I wanted so I didn't want to take away too much with an actual hem. I also wanted to make sure the white lining didn't show.

Next time I make this jacket I would probably add 1/4 inch to the center back (Center Back, Under and Upper Collar).  This would help make the jacket a little looser with out going up an entire size for all pieces... which would be too much.  The size is fine for everyday movements but I need a little more ease for when I am conducting.  I added top stitching to some of the seams.

Overall I am very pleased with my new jacket... especially since it only cost me $4 overall!  I will be definitely using this pattern again and may even alter the design a bit more next time... maybe make the center front bottom corners less rounded (more like the jacket shown above from the first pin).  I highly recommend this jacket pattern!

Here is the link to my review on Pattern Review!

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  1. Great job! We like your version of our jacket and would like to post some of your photos and a link to your blog on our Butterick Patterns Facebook page. Please let us know if you approve by emailing us at
    Thanks and good luck with your sewing and blog.
    The Butterick Facebook Team

  2. i am so impressed, this turned out great - a wonderful color, too!


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