Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tinny Fall Jacket





Once again I decided to sew along with the fun FLIP this pattern series where the Tinny Dress by Straight Grain is the pattern being flipped for August.  For this flip I wanted to challenge myself to do something I hadn't tried before - a jacket.  The Tinny pattern with it's pretty collar and sleeve cuff choices seemed like a perfect starting point to make a peacoat like jacket for fall, which the girls kind of needed anyway.


I love the asymmetrical collar version of the dress so I knew that I would use that to help me with the design of the flip.  However I redrew the collar pattern pieces so that they were a little more exaggerated in the front.



I thought it would compliment the collar if I used an angled button front.  This was my first time making buttonholes with my machine.  I was really intimidated and have avoided most patterns with buttons since my old sewing machine refused to make them.  Turns out it is super easy with my newer machine!  Now I can't wait to make more buttonholes.


I used the notched sleeve cuff pattern pieces from the Tinny pattern since I thought they matched the collar so nicely.  I didn't use the skirt pattern pieces of the Tinny to finish the bottom of the jacket, yet it's similar to the pleated skirt option.  I just made the bottom the length and width I wanted and added two pleats to the front and one to the back.

she randomly thought it was a good idea to eat leaves :(

The long sleeves are a change from the pattern and are drafted from a long sleeve shirt that fits her.  I made them a little bigger at the armholes and gathered them to give a little puff/cap sleeve look.  The sleeve widths are a bit roomy because I wanted to accommodate layers underneath while still allowing her plenty of movement in the arms (I usually find that my fitted coats are miserable to move in!).

wearing one of her Skipper Tops
I made the light fall jacket out of twill that is lined with beautiful floral linen I found at JoAnn's.  I went the extra mile and hand stitched the lining around the armholes and at the skirt.  So. much. work.  since I do not enjoy hand stitching!

So there's my FLIP!  Check out the other awesome flips (including other jackets) here.



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16 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of you.....expanding your sewing skills! Two years ago, we PAID someone to sew our buttonholes {and still laugh about it}! As for a jacket? You are ahead of us....we haven't made our first yet...

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    1. Thanks! that's why I make time to participate in this series - it makes you be creative and try new techniques - so great.

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  2. This is great! I love that side collar and asymmetrical button placket :)

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  3. What a great FLIP! I love this jacket...it turned out great!

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  4. Wow a fully lined jacket - very impressive!! The Tinny pattern flip was my first time to make buttonholes too and I agree, super easy! Well done.

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    1. Thanks! and yeah, I was a little giddy it was so easy (to do buttonholes).

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  5. This jacket is adorable! The fabrics are great together. Really great job.

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    1. Thanks! - I got really excited to sew some fall colors.

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  6. The jacket is pretty and in perfect color for fall. I'm especially love your lining fabric and buttons. Great flip!

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    1. Thanks! the floral is my favorite part.

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  7. What a great jacket and yeah for you pushing your sewing skills to new limits!

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  8. These pictures are great! Your daughter is so cute. I found some really nice fall Jackets at Burlington Coat Factory. They have great deals, so we saved a lot of money on all of the coats my family needed for the coming season.

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    1. oh thanks! I took the photos for once (instead of the hubby) - must have gotten lucky with the settings he already had!

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