I have finally tackled a jacket!! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this was something I would ever be that interested in trying. Outerwear, other than jersey cardigans, has always intimidated me. That is definitely one benefit of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Once I’ve decided on a project, I am committed!
I knew that whatever jacket I made would need to be cropped or semi-cropped so I could wear it with my full skirts and dresses. And you can’t really get much more classic than a simple black jacket. I’ve had this linen and the polka dot satin charmeuse in my stash for 3ish years because I’ve been intending to make a jacket for simply ages. It wasn’t that I couldn’t, it was just another time when I had to work up the courage/confidence before diving in.
And I’ve done it. I made the Deer and Doe Lupin jacket which wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. (Isn’t that how it usually is??? 😂) The welt pockets were fiddly, but I found with this jacket that they are really to high up on my torso for me to actually use so I will be leaving them off of future versions.
And let me tell you, I am utterly in love with my Lupin! It fits just right and works with all of my vintage inspired style dresses. The sleeves aren’t too tight and don’t restrict my movement (I was genuinely worried they would!) and the lining means I can easily wear the jacket over dresses like my Deer and Doe Cardemome that have longer sleeves without any uncomfortable bunching.
Check out my post on the Minerva Crafts website for more details on sizing and a closer look at how I worked the welt pockets.
For my next variation, I am planning to use a gorgeous navy blue suiting fabric from my stash lined with either the leftover polka dot satin charmeuse, or a pink satin(?) also from the stash. I’ll be leaving off the pockets and adding a decorative button and snap at the waist. (Something I am planning to do to this version too!)
P.S. Check back next Monday for a post on the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Felicity dress I am wearing with the jacket!