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Colette Anise Jacket

Added Oct 16, 2012

by sertyan

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!
The Facts

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

Pattern Notes:

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:





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    Oct 21, 2012, 03.02 PMby frkbustad

    I love this Anise version!! The fabric is perfect and the fit looks perfect! It’s simply adorable.

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    Oct 20, 2012, 02.00 PMby barmaglot

    Lovely! Perfect fit and it suits you great.

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    Oct 17, 2012, 11.27 PMby bethmaryharley

    So beautifully made and the style suits you perfectly! I completely understand wanting cold weather – over here (Japan) it’s finally started to get cold and I am so happy! Maybe you should pop here for a visit with your coat?!

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      Oct 19, 2012, 12.54 AMby sertyan

      Oh Beth you have no idea how much I want to visit Japan…been dreaming about visiting Japan for ages!!

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      Oct 21, 2012, 11.28 PMby bethmaryharley

      I can suggest a million places to buy fabric when you do make it here! But Malaysia is one of my favorite places in the world – I’ve never met such friendly people or eaten such tasty food!
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    Oct 17, 2012, 05.25 PMby DanaRose84

    This is adorable! Great fabric choice. I live in Canada and my favorite thing about fall is the clothes. I can’t imagine living somewhere where it’s warm all the time but by February, I’m wishing for exactly that.

    Did you adjust the fit at all? it looks like it fits you very well.

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      Oct 19, 2012, 12.55 AMby sertyan

      Hi Dana

      I didn’t adjust the fit at all, I cut Size 2 based on my bust measurement of 34. No alterations. I guess I am just lucky!

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    Oct 17, 2012, 02.24 AMby sewneenee

    beautiful work on this jacket, inside and out. Such a great style too!

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    Oct 16, 2012, 09.00 PMby kess

    beautiful! it fits you perfectly! I’m making one too!

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    Oct 16, 2012, 04.35 PMby pauline alice

    That’s such a lovely jacket! Your pockets are perfect and the fabric has a classic feel which makes it so elegant.

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    Oct 16, 2012, 08.47 AMby jadealamode

    very nicely made for your first jacket.

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    Oct 16, 2012, 07.13 AMby Mary Athey

    Oh i love this jacket!! I’d call it a small dog tooth tweed!! which is all the rage over here. you’d get great wear out of your jacket here (ireland) as its cold and wet lol. you.ve put a lot of work into the coat and it shows. fabulous x

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      Oct 16, 2012, 07.29 AMby sertyan

      Ok Mary! You just made my day because I have always been wondering what you call this fabric. I googled and it is indeed ‘Dog Tooth Tweed’! Ok I learned something new today, thanks to you!

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    Oct 16, 2012, 03.44 AMby guineveresmom

    Very pretty. Great job on the pockets.

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    Oct 16, 2012, 03.00 AMby runningwithscissors1

    What a lovely jacket. Come to Canada now, it is plenty cold enough for it!

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