StyleArc Maggie jacket - what can I say?
A great pattern - fabulous drafting but minimal instructions. I have to say though, I really enjoyed the challenge of putting it together.
It was a good test to see how my sewing skills are going and I think I rose to the challenge! :)
I don't think it looks exactly like the diagram, as the collar sits much higher when the zip is shut.
However, for this style of casual jacket, unless I was out on a real chilly day it will be worn unzipped with the collar lying open, which I really love.
I used some stash fabric, a black rayon blend double knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. It is lovely and soft and I think a good weight for this jacket. I had to buy the fabric for the contrast trim (inside collar, pocket tabs and zip front) and I snagged a really soft pretty blue corduroy from Spotlight for $2 for the metre from a sale rack (usually $12/m). I love the soft fabric at the neckline - makes it lovely and luxe feeling to wear. The only difficulty is that it is doubled over for the pocket tab and ended up so bulky it was difficult to sew the seams near it.
As you can see in the pocket detail photo above, I found a rib which is striped in grey/black. I wanted a nice heavy rib and found this at Crafty Mama's. NAYY but I love that site for bits and pieces like this - no postage cost in Australia! I would not be able to find such a nice weight rib locally so was very happy with this one.
The jacket is lovely and long, so keeps your hips warm - I like that!
And the shot on Diana. I found a zip locally and had my first shot of shortening a zip by myself. I was happy to learn that new skill too.
When I get some time I would love to sew another of these jackets, as this casual style really suits my lifestyle.
More cool weather sewing to come next post! Ciao...