I just finished my second jacket using McCalls 6656, a jacket pattern with many variations.
I made the jacket on the right last year, before I launched this blog. I used Pattern A, but incorporated some of my own design elements. This year, I decided to work with this pattern again and created the version on the left. For both jackets, I cut the XS (it’s a big snug, small would have been better), and added 4 inches to the length. Let’s talk about last year’s version first.
I love this jacket that I made last year. I call it the Oh Hell Yeah Jacket. It has a lot of personality and it feels like me. I love wearing this jacket out.
It was one of those projects from last year that I was really proud of. The wool is a Navajo print from Joann’s, and the faux fur is also from Joann’s. It was my first time working with faux fur and I remember feeling relieved that the fabric didn’t give me too much trouble.
It’s unlined and the seams are unfinished. I made this jacket before I owned a serger.
Even though it’s a bit crudely put together, it’s held up fine and I still wear it a lot. I think it’s gorgeous and I feel like a bad bitch when I wear it.
I also added belt loops and made a belt from the same fabric. The pattern itself instructs you to make loops and buttons, but I prefer the look of a belted jacket.
This year, I wanted to revisit some patterns that I enjoyed last year and see if I could improve upon them. I decided to make pattern A again, but to do a nicer job in terms of finishing and durability.
I decided to stick with the Navajo theme and used a similarly printed fabric but bought sherpa wool for the collar. This jacket reads more Aspen to me. It has a very cozy winter look.
I added side vents so that it would not sit quite so snug around my waist. Crafty has a great tutorial on creating side vents into any garment. Check out their tutorial here.
The sherpa was surprisingly difficult to cut. I think this may be partly due to the fact that I could use a new pair of sewing shears. Any recommendations on a good pair of scissors? What should I get? I also underlined this jacket with a cotton batiste. I hand-basted all of my cotton batiste pieces to my main fabric pieces before sewing the jacket together.
I also finished the hems with bias tape. I had never done this before, but it was pretty slick. I think this will be how I frequently hem garments from now on. Colette also has a great tutorial on hemming techniques. Check it out here. It’s amazing how the same pattern can create two totally different jackets, all depending on your fabric choice. Which version do you prefer?
I’m totally enamored with both jackets, but for different reasons. I highly recommend this easy jacket pattern. Now I’m just trying to figure out what to make next. I’m thinking about some home decor projects, like curtains. Or, I might make cat beds. Or, I might make a winter coat.