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Self-drafted Motorcycle Jacket

Added Aug 24, 2013

by WillowWickedRad

Oslo, Norway






I have never made a jacket before. I wanted something streamlined and unembelished. The majority of my projects have been self drafted dresses and tops, unlined. I definitely learned some things since making this one that would have made it PERFECT (In my mind…). Most importantly when felting wool you need to starch and iron it to prevent it from pilling. So disappointing. I plan to do that now, but it would have been MUCH better to do it BEFORE I made the jacket. That and interfacing. I have never used it, but should. I made this jacket with wool and silk I took with me to Nicaragua. A lot of basic sewing supplies and fabrics are completely impossible to get your hands on there. So I always take a suitcase of crafting supplies. I had to have someone bring me a metal jacket zipper. This year I will be taking interfacing. I think it will make a big difference in the quality of my projects. You can see my NOT very helpful assistant (But SUPER cute) in one of the photos.

Material Notes

2 yards of wool. 2 yards of silk. 1 zipper. Leather scraps for elbow patches.




Garment Type
Silk, Wool

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    Aug 24, 2013, 12.29 PMby WillowWickedRad

    And this is not exactly the first draft… I made 3 of them out of different fabric before I got the fit right and spent a few nights not able to sleep trying to figure out the perfect order to sew each peice together. The first 3 were not nearly so good looking… Well the 3rd one was. Which is why I tackled the final project.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 12.08 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    You’ve got a nice result and if it’s not the first the result is nice anyway – it’s not so easy to make jackets:) But you are pretty lucky with your project, by the way to sew a zipper so neaty isn’t easy even for experienced crafters

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      Aug 24, 2013, 12.22 PMby WillowWickedRad

      I hand basted the zipper first. And the fabric on one side stretched out (probably cut it wrong) when I sewed it so I ended up sewing the actual fabric by hand to the length I wanted and then basted the zipper again and THEN sewed it being careful not to let the gathers show. At that point it looked pretty good, I agree, but it was DEFINITELY a learning experience. I have since watched a lot of online tutorials about how to cut fabric. It is of course easier with patterns that tell you. I have been sewing for years, but I always just do things. I am determined to learn the art in order to save myself a lot of time (Naps are getting shorter, haha) and headaches.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 11.47 AMby puffinlove

    This looks great! The fit looks perfect and I like the way the neckiline looks when it’s closed, too.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 11.43 AMby chased-away

    Wow, great job on drafting and sewing this jacket! It’s superb :)

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      Aug 24, 2013, 12.17 PMby WillowWickedRad

      Thank you. I did have a jacket I used for visual reference.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 11.33 AMby Mary Athey

    i love this jacket on you and i’m so impressed with your drafting. this looks so good on you. Is it black or grey though? i can’t really tell in the photos? also whats wool felting? i bought some pure new wool to make a couple of coats and i was just going to cut it and go x

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      Aug 24, 2013, 12.17 PMby WillowWickedRad

      I bought this wool on sale and it was pretty light weight so I machine washed it with hot water and dried it a couple of times to shrink it and make it thick. Worked beautifully and would have been perfect if I had anticipated the pilling and starched and ironed it. I researched how to stop felted wool from pilling AFTER my jacket started to do that.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 11.02 AMby Trudy McGrath

    Oh…forgot to say that I find it impossible to get nice fabric at a REASONABLE price in Ireland too…so disappointing.

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      Aug 24, 2013, 11.20 AMby WillowWickedRad

      The silk was a birthday gift from my man. I still have 2 yards! The wool I got at Joanns in the states. I have found, however, that there is quite a selection online. Not sure if they ship to Ireland, however, or how much they charge for it. My assistant is most helpful when he is sleeping… Haha.

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    Aug 24, 2013, 11.01 AMby Trudy McGrath

    Very nice indeed. Lovely little assistant :)

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