Colette Anise Jacket
Added Oct 16, 2012
Kota Kinabalu, M...
Have you been in love with a sewing pattern that you just had to buy it immediately and make it? When Colette Patterns introduced the Anise Jacket Pattern on Sept 13th, it was love at first sight that I instantly got the digital release on the date of the pattern launch. Ok never mind that I live in Malaysia where the weather is only warm (ok, seriously it’s hot and humid actually) and ocassionally rainy the whole year. I must admit I was perspiring at the end of this photo shoot! I can only wear this jacket to the air conditioned office and someone please give me airplane tickets to visit a country where there is autumn or winter already!
This was my first time ever making a jacket, it was a HUGE learning curve, I learned so much!
Fabric: 1.5 yards of tweed (yes, it was scratchy!) plaid/houndstooth looking (can someone decide for me?). It was 60 inch width so I was able to squeeze all the main pattern pieces into 1.5 yards, yay. RM12/USD4 a yard, it was quite ‘old looking’ in the store and highly discounted. I wonder if it’s not popular due to our warm weather. Beware, tweed frays quite easily and stretches a bit too due to its weave but of course I didn’t know any better when I chose it for my first jacket attempt.
The lining fabric is rather thick, sturdy unbleached cotton meant for doll skin making. Originally I opted for an aquamarine satin lining but ditched it later because I omitted the underlining of this jacket due to my warm weather but halfway I knew the jacket won’t be sturdy enough if I didn’t use a sturdier lining. I think it’s a blessing in disguise because lining a jacket can be tricky if you are using thin swishy-swashy material.
Notions: Interfacing, 8 one-inch buttons
For a first timer like me, this pattern requires a lot of patience because it requires fairly much (ok, I admit A LOT!) of hand stitching (the lining). Though I must say through this experience, I have finally learned properly how fell stitching and slip stitching should be done, ha!
I am most proud of my welt pockets, it wasn’t easy for a beginner like me. I would advise anyone who has not attempted these kind of pockets before to have a clear and focused mind when making this as it requires you to slit the front jacket at one point and cut it to the edges of the underlaying pockets (scary! one false move then all your work is gone!). There are also a few pattern pieces to making this pocket so it needs some figuring it out. I think it would be more helpful if Colette had included notches on the underlaying pocket pieces.
You can read my thoughts and more pictures of my jacket here: