I joined in with the Fibre Mood link party for issue 11, which meant I got a sneak preview of the patterns and could choose one to make before the release. When I saw the patterns it was a pretty easy decision. I have wanted to make an oversized shirt jacket in the style of the Rya for at least a year now, check out a few of the pins I had saved.
I received a very well timed email from Pound Fabrics reminding me of the selection of wool blends they had. I loved the colour of this beige and found a perfect cotton to use for the Bias and pocket linings.
I decided to bias bind all the seams, as the jacket is unlined I love having this feature on show in a jacket. I made a size X Small, my measurements put me in between an X Small and Small so I went for the lower size as it has so much ease. I got 3m of wool blend and 1m of cotton. I used most of the cotton making binding for the seams and had 1 meter of wool left over (I didn’t check exactly how much I had at the start though). The wool was wider than the fabric recommendation chart.
This pattern features lots of oversized details that I love. The pockets are huge (perfect for a phone, keys and various bits of Lego!) and the collar is just the right proportion for the overall pattern.
I used the same cotton as I used for the binding and lining for the under collar and collar stand. I love this little pop of print when the collar is flipped up. The pattern has a lovely curved hem at the side so you can see a little peak of the bias hem.
I had these Merchant and Mills recycled resin buttons from Good Fabric for a different project but used them here as I didn’t have enough of anything else in my stash. I love the contrast of the darker button against the light fabric.
This jacket will see me through autumn and winter, as there is enough room to layer a jumper underneath. So it is perfect for our very changeable Irish weather were layers are the key to dressing!
I loved having a little push to make this jacket, as I have a feeling it would have been pushed further and further down my list. I have so many big plans for this season and it feels good to get this one ticked off the list.
Have you had a look at the new Fibre Mood 11? What is your favourite pattern?