A Two for One Jacket
I had a corduroy jacket that I loved for over a decade. It was originally purchased from Gap and when it looked dingy a few years ago I dyed it a deep purple. Last Fall the back became so threadbare it tore one day as I put it on. I grieved.
It’s replacement is finally here.
Presenting the Reversible Jacket: linen side (above) and the cotton cross weave (below). The idea ruminated around in my head while I decided what features made that other jacket so great and what I wanted out of this one. With the help of Wendy’s Coat Book I have success.
the pattern: the basic jacket from the Built by Wendy: Coats and Jackets book (modified)
the sewing: I am in love with this jacket…. And I have a heavier wool one in the works right now.
I assembled the basic jacket (with the mods below) twice without finishing them. I then sewed the two sides together all around the edge leaving an opening to turn and finish. There is also a hidden layer of cotton muslin for added stability. I had planned on adding sew-in snaps but felt it was unnecessary and also didn’t want the little silver bits to mess with the aesthetic of the neckline.
I modified the basic jacket in the following ways: (1) shortened the length by two or three inches, (2) added a little length to the sleeves, and (3) used the fitted jacket collar with an added inch in height.
Below is a detail of the contrast stitching on the linen side.