There are a few things concerning sewing that I have great respect for. Or even fear of. They are like holy Grails, I totally wanna make and have them but they seem so unachievable. This was the case with jeans for example or bras. And when I make bras and jeans I’m still not totally pleased with they way they turned out right after having finished them. It’s like I have a vision in my head that is just unachievable. However, another thing on that list was denim jackets! I love wearing them, unfortunately they are always too short and end at my belly button when I buy them in stores.So, when I started to sew sewing denim jackets was on my list of things I wanted to sew someday. But up until now I was too afraid to try. Looking back I don’t know where that fear came from-. Sewing denim jackets isn’t even a bit more difficult than sewing button ups.
The biggest problems was however to find a pattern! I looked out for indie patterns, but didn’t find any. McCalls/Vogue/Butterick didn’t have anything that I liked and in the end there was nothing left than Burda. Uagh! How I hate Burda! I really dislike their instructions and I loathe that they don’t have seam allowances included in their patterns!
But, well, I wanted a denim jacket, and I decided to go for Burda 7018 which is at least a single pattern not something from their magazine. Before I cut out all of the pieces I added 1.5 cm seam allowances to the paper, ha! That was a lot of work and is a good excuse to use that pattern again ;) I cut size 36, which is ma standard Burda size. According to their charts I would need size 38, but I actually don’t ;)
Even though I know my Burda size I made a muslin! I decided to make the jacket cropped so I could wear it with my dresses and the muslin showed that I needed the jacket a little tighter at the waist. Apart from that everything looked fine :) I lengthened the whole thing before the muslin! But that is pretty standard for me!
I bought the fabric in a German Online store and I didn’t realize that this fabric isn’t 100 % cotton. It has polysomething in it and elasthane. So in the end I had to take the side seams in a bit.
Sewing the jacket really wasn’t that hard.The collar and cuffs are very easy ones and the pockets are fake. So the hardest parts was the topstitching I guess, especially because I made some of the seams flat felled.
I used red thread for the button holes. I saw that on a jean jacket Marvin owns and I liked it!
I had to take several looks at Marvin’s jacket because the instructions were unclear, but all in all I didn’t have much difficulties. I guess if you have sewn a blouse before this jacket won’t be a problem for you.There’s really no need to make a holy grail out of it;)
I’m already thinking about sewing another one. All that work adding the seam allowances… ;) I think this has to wait till spring or at least till I find a suiting fabric ;)
Wow, this looks so good! So professional, all your stitching looks so neat and well done. Great job!
Awesome! You are rocking your jacket!! :)
Perfect fit! ;)
This looks really amazing! You faced your fear and you conquered it; of course you can make anything you wish! I really like the dark denim too; it looks really smart. I’m sure you’ll wear this forever :)
Turned out really well! And it looks like the fit is perfect. Yay!
Totally brilliant Katharina, really love your work! I’m off to get this pattern, thanks for the inspiration!
Beautiful work, Katharina! I love all the details :) Denim jacket will be easy to wear with anything. Love your red polka dots dress as well, you look so pretty :)
Cute, cute jacket! No doubt in my mind, that you’ve got the ability and high skill-level to make anything you want to make!! :)
Wow! Because I’m considering making this jacket I Googled the pattern number, just to get a reference photo, and I found this page and all of your great notes and detail photos. Thanks so much for posting!
Thanks Janet! :) I’m glad you found my blog and this post helpful, thank you for letting me know :)