An outfit : the jacket

An outfit : the jacket


In my last post I introduced you to my new outfit.  That post focused on the dress and today it’s time to put the spotlight on the jacket.  Welcome to my wardrobe orange jacket.  I can already see you’re a versatile… wear it with a dress or jeans… kind of garment.  A perfect layering piece.


Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha was one of the first Japanese books that I brought, and yet this is the first time I’ve sewn a garment from it.  Don’t fear, between the purchase of the book and the making of this jacket there has been lots of very enjoyable browsing.


The pattern in this book that always caught my eye was the Ruffle-Front Jacket.  Perhaps my interest in the pattern comes from the fact that I just love the photo of these ladies wearing their jackets and sharing a laugh (even if the lady on the right appears to have lost her hands!).


I selected my size by the finish garment measurements and I must admit they tripped me up a bit.  I didn’t factor enough ease around my bust and as a result this jacket is a little ‘grabby’ under the arms.  It’s still wearable, but for me next version (I’m thinking linen) I will go up a size or maybe even two.


When tracing the pattern I realised that it was rather cropped so after checking the finished garment measurements and measuring a few items in my wardrobe, I added three inches to the length.  Good decision Anna.


I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I was attracted to the colour of this fabric, and let’s be honest here, it’s price.  Not surprisingly (you often get what you pay for) a burn test revealed that it’s a wool blend, which means I will continue to wash it in the machine on a gentle cycle.  I’m usually a natural fibre kind of girl, but I acknowledge that blends definitely have their place.

As with most Japanese patterns, this jacket is unlined, but it includes facings which are stitched down to create a tunnel that a long tie (or twill tape in this instance) threads through to create the ruffles.


Did you spot the contrasting Nani Iro brushed cotton?  I love adding little details like this to my makes.


Pattern:  Ruffle-Front Jacket from Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha
Size:  Small
Fabric:  Wool blend from Clear It (Alanah Hill Outlet) & Nani Iro brushed cotton from Kelani Fabric (purchased 3+ years ago)
Alterations:  I added 3 inches to the length
Accessories:  Scarf from Scarlet Jones & boots from Florsheim


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