All winter I have been wanting a white leather motorcycle jacket for spring. I saw them everywhere and had an almost feverish need to make one. It's not my usual style but I thought of so many ways that I could wear it and it's good to try out a new things. Right? Or is it just good to have a new spring jacket?? I had this Kwik Sew pattern in my stash but alas no white leather, real or faux could be found but while wandering through the drapery fabrics one day, I came across this textured white fabric. ( I seem to think that the drapery department has all the good stuff) Love at first sight! I knew that I had found the perfect fabric for my jacket. I picked up some Bemberg to line it and off I went...
|Kwik Sew 3764|
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3764
Fabric used: A textured drapery fabric of unknown content. (at least to me it is unknown) Bemberg for the lining.
Instructions: The instructions were straight forward and it was a fairly easy make other than searching for some time for a lost facing piece.... which I did manage to find...eventually.
Changes I made: I made a variation of the two jackets combined...View A... without the sleeve zippers and shoulder epaulets. My shoulders do not need anymore accentuation. I had to take it in through the sleeves and torso. This jacket is not lined but I drafted a lining for it, making it easier to slide on and off.
Repeat worthy? Yes. Except that I would make it a size...maybe two sizes...smaller. I really need to get a handle on this sizing thing. I almost always decide on a size that is too big.
That one wee snap gave me so much anxiety...some sewists fear the zipper but I fear the snap! It took me a week and a couple of trial runs to work up the courage to tackle that thing!
I share your fear! There's something about a snap....the fear that you can't undo a wrong! But, you certainly didn't have a problem here. Your jacket is da bomb...hahaha! Very beautifully sewn, and though it may not be your go-to style, it really does suit you to a T! I'm the same about the drapery/upholstery section. You really do find some of the best fabrics there. I just bought some outdoor fabric that I've been oogling for OVER a year! Hope to sew it up this month...just in time to not be able to wear it due to warm weather.ReplyDelete
Thanks Sue! I really do like it and think that I can work it into my wardrobe quite nicely.Delete
Your jacket is perfect for spring - so clean and fresh! I have the same problem with envelope patterns. I select my size, but I think they build in way too much ease. You have reminded me to tissue fit and measure the pattern pieces more, as I'm a bit too impatient to make muslins, as a general rule.ReplyDelete
Thanks Philippa! It's clean for now...I pre-washed it thankfully so it can be thrown into the wash as needed which will likely be quite often! Yes, I too should make more muslins.....Delete
This is a gorgeous jacket. I like the extra ease that the bigger size affords. It looks like it fits well instead of tightly, which is trendy, but can be less than perfectly flattering sometimes.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I do like the fit now. You make a good point about something being too tight and unflattering.Delete
Ooooh, I love it too! So very perfect for spring! I agree with Tia Dia - I like this slightly looser fit :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Gail! I do like the looser fit, it was just soooo big when I started. I can be an impatient sewer!Delete
Wonderful work! So glad you finally got the jacket of your dreams - you look beautiful in it! xReplyDelete
Thank you Nessa! Jacket of my dreams may have been a Michael Kors white leather moto but I am quite pleased with my version. :)Delete
You just amaze me, Margo!! Lovely!!!ReplyDelete
Awwww...Tanya you are so sweet! I would love to have your talent for home decor!Delete
Wow that fabric is gorgeous!! I love a good biker jacket - I used to have a shimmery white biker jacket I loved, one day I should try & sew a replacement!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kathryn! I would definitely recommend this pattern if you should decide to make one. We could be biker chick twinsies!Delete
This is a great biker jacket! I love it in white and I understand how you feel about snaps...I actually feel the same way about them, about zippers and button holes!ReplyDelete
The insides are really professional. Good job!!
Thanks Merche! I finally remembered to take some pictures of this insides....something I don't ever think to do.Delete
This is so fancy, Margo! Even if it feels a bit big, it looks super flattering. Does Kwik Sew show finished sizes? Those are the only measurements I can seem to trust, although my broad shoulders can require a larger size than my bust for patterns like coats and tops with set-in sleeves!ReplyDelete
Thanks Morgan! You know...there are no finished sizes to be found on the pattern. I fell between two sizes so I naturally went with the larger size. It was even too big for my wider shoulders. I had to make some adjustments but it was worth it in the end. I know i should be making muslins but.... I'm lazy about that I guess.Delete
Margo, what a gorgeous jacket! It is so classy! I love the fabric and the style and I think the fit is perfect. You could wear this in different seasons with various tops and colors underneath.ReplyDelete
You certainly have a great eye for matching patterns and fabric and your sewing skills are first class. Well done.
This jacket is fantastic!! I love it!! (And I say that as someone who likes very few motorcycle jackets.) You found a great fabric and did a beautiful job.ReplyDelete
That is an awesome fabric, much better for a moto jacket then a set of drapes. Jacket looks fab!ReplyDelete
OMG I love this! I was just oogling over a suede motorcycle jacket online yesterday. I couldn't buy it since I'm on the no buy for RTW this year so it's nice to know there is a pattern for it in case I ever get the itch to make my own.ReplyDelete
It is just beautiful Margot - inside and out! You have been making some amazing stuff lately!ReplyDelete
This is an absolutely stunning little jacket; it suits you beautifully and the textured fabric looks really interesting. I just love it :) And can I say; you've looked absolutely gorgeous each and every day of me-made May too. Your wardrobe is classically beautiful, as are you.ReplyDelete
I am just catching up on some blog reading and saw this- wow!! Amazing jacket, I love it so much!! I really like the textured fabric, and how nice that you can throw it in the wash!ReplyDelete