I finally made a jacket and can you tell how pleased I am with it? After much deliberation, (and thank you for all your suggestions), I finally plumped for the Simple Sew ‘Jackie O’ pattern. This wasn’t originally in my list, but I knew I had it somewhere (probably a sure sign that I need yet another clear up in my sewing space), and eventually unearthed it.
I came down to two options thanks to your suggestions, so decided to use my cheaper fabric (above left, a kind of self-check with a hint of sparkle, though hard to see in picture) for the easier pattern as a ‘warm up’ and intend to use my nice, pure wool for the slightly more advanced pattern on the right as a second attempt. And yes, I know they’re both navy blue, but just look at my lovely lining to jazz them up… 😉
The jacket construction was actually a lot easier than I’d imagined which was a relief: really not a lot different to making sweatshirt or t-shirt tops (although maybe helped by the fact I’ve made so many of late). And sooo much easier than making trousers, which is where I’d placed it in terms of difficulty in my mind. But it turns out, wrongly! The pattern (free with Love Sewing magazine some time ago) was aimed at ‘adventurous beginners’ which seems a fair grading. The instructions were fairly minimal, but clear and with helpful line illustrations for further guidance.
I chose to overlock all raw edges before switching to my regular machine because the fabric looked prone to fraying. There were no instructions for the lining, so I just went with instinct, which surprisingly worked well. The facings given for the unlined version made the insertion of the lining a lot neater and because of the simple shape it was pretty straight forward. It did involve a lot of hand sewing, which I’ve got better at, but I’m not fully sure how strong or durable it will be. I’m not usually all that careful with pulling on or off jackets and other layers at school, because of the frequency with which I need to do it due to vastly fluctuating temperatures around the buildings, but I think I’m going to have to be a little more careful with this. Luckily it’s come up a bit big so this should help, maybe a touch too big? Although I do only have one light-weight layer on here…
If I’m being fussy, there are a couple of creases where the lining isn’t quite lying perfectly, resulting in just a little pull at the bottom of the sleeves. But this is minimal and I doubt anyone would notice. And as a first attempt where I had to just make the lining bit up it’s fine. Overall, I’m so pleased with this and I’m looking forward to making the next one already. I would really recommend this pattern for building confidence in sewing jackets for the first time. The minimal design (there were pockets which I chose to omit here) is neat and practical: I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this.
Pattern: Simple Sew Jackie O Jacket
Size: 12 (possibly a little too big, 10 next time?)
Adjustments: added lining and omitted pockets
Soundtrack: mostly in silence, sometimes it really is golden 🙂
45 thoughts on “The ‘Jackie O’ Jacket”
I like this very much indeed! You’re gonna wear this a lot, won’t you?! And I agree, making jackets isn’t all that hard and I find putting in the lining has something very satisfying because one starts with the messy innards and ends up with a beautiful garment.
Thanks Chris, adding a lining is an extra ‘faff’ but really worth it for some items. Also adds a bit of colour in this case 🙂
Oh well done! Your jacket looks great, as does the lining. Really glad you made this and the process turned out not as bad as you thought! I thought that jackets were right up there for difficulty too until I made the Victoria Blazer and was also pleasantly surprised by how straightforward it was. Mind you, unlike you, I’ve never tried trousers. Need to get that one ticked off!
Thanks Corrine, it was a really pleasant surprise that it was so logical 🙂 The actual trousers aren’t too bad to make, it’s getting the fit right that’s a real pain. I’ve vowed to book myself on a course to avoid wasting more nice fabric…
Grand jacket & love your lining! Good for you for just getting on with the sewing! You really deserve several pats on the back, well done’s, and a celebration every time you put it on! 🎉🎈
Thanks Del, it was the perfect, first jacket pattern to trial.
Seems like it wasn’t that hard after all! And it turned out lovely! I love having a fancy lining inside my jackets!
Thanks Linda, and yes pleasantly surprised. Must have another look at your post on ‘bagging’ the lining, as it’s not lying quite perfectly…
Oh maybe that will just come wth practice, or even luck, maybe it just slipped a little. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I was almost tired by the time I pinned mine all in – I used so many pins to keep it in place for sewing. It ‘s a lovely jacket!
Very kind thanks. I know I’m just being fussy, I’m really pleased with this 🙂
Oh it’s lovely Teresa, so chic and perfect in navy! I agree, collarless jackets are surprisingly straight forward to sew (I think adding collars to the mix is when the fun begins!) Looking forward to seeing the other pattern made up too. x
Thanks Jane. It’s lovely when you enjoy making something so much. This was a great, first jacket pattern to attempt 🙂
That looks lovely and well done putting in the lining without instructions, I’m just making a blazer, without a collar but with a contrast lapel, I wish I’d thought to add a lining but it’s just a wearable toille really, to check for fit, so maybe for the next version. Do you have any tips, did you just cut a replica of the jacket out in lining fabric or is it more complicated than that?
Thank you. Yes, I just cut it out exactly the same, folded over the hems on the lining and then hid it all under the facings. It’s not perfect, but near enough and def. worth considering on your next attempt. Although I think it depends on the fabric you use: I have some lovely, unlined RTW jackets that work just fine without one.
This Is so cute I have this pattern and you’ve inspired me to see it up!! Does the pattern call for lining or did you add it yourself x
Thank you, it’s really simple to make up. No it’s designed unlined but because of the fabric possibly being a bit itchy I wanted to line it.
I love it!! A classic 😉
Thanks Abi, I’m sure it will get lots of wear. 🙂
I like this pattern too. I’ve only made 1 jacket from it so far but it’s a good one for a quick cover up for dresses.
It’s a neat design, so hopefully it will go with lots 🙂
Lovely to make something you know will get worn a lot K xXx
Thank you! I’m hoping it will go with most of my wardrobe 🙂
Lovely jacket, a useful wardrobe addition. Good idea to line it, I love a pretty lining!
Thank you. It looked both itchy and prone to fraying, so figured it was a must!
I love your jacket. Great job lining it too. I love making jackets I just wish mine turned out as well as yours! Practice, practice practice I suppose!
Thank you, this was a very easy pattern but ideal for a first attempt. I’m looking forward to making up another soon.
This has turned out so well! I think the lining adds a real RTW look too. Are you planning to make another jacket yet?
Very kind thank you. It was surprisingly straightforward. Have some wool fabric for another, but not sure if it’s a bit Wintery now… Maybe a Summer version…
I know, it’s definitely that ‘inbetween’ time! Although since it’s forecast snow tomorrow…
Snow?! No wonder us Brits are obsessed with the weather, it’s been bonkers of late…
It looks brilliant and looks like the kind of jacket you can throw on on top of practically anything and it’ll look good! Well done to you! Do you know BHL has 50% off their Victoria blazer (or they did have a few days ago!) 😛
Thanks Beth. Really pleased with how it turned out 🙂 Thanks for the tip, but for some reason I already have six or seven jacket patterns. It’s the Morris one I’m really tempted by, but I really do have enough already, sigh…
Looks fab. I’m sure you’re going to get a lot of wear out of it. Also, without wanting to sound stalker-ish, always lovely to see your smiling face in my reader – really cheered me up.
🙂 Smiles are supposed to be infectious, aren’t they? I caught mine from my son behind the camera, so glad to pass it on.
Congrats on doing such a stellar job on this. Looks brilliant. Love the lining too.
Not often I’ve found such an unusual lining print, knew I had to have it! Thank you 🙂
Well done on making such a wearable jacket. I love navy, too. I agree with you about fitting trousers being the issue rather than the sewing! I’ve made up a lining for an unlined jacket and bagged it; there are a couple of changes required rather than being a straight copy of the jacket pattern but nothing too difficult. I haven’t checked Linda’s post but no doubt that covers. Enjoy wearing! You look so happy in it. And good luck with the next one
Thanks Anne. Glad I’m not the only one addicted to navy 🙂 I’m already looking forward to making another version…
It’s turned out really well, and the lining looks good. I want to tackle jackets this year, glad to hear there are less fitting issues than with trousers.
Thanks Rith, I’d definitely recommend this pattern as a good one to try out first. Should think it would be hard to go far wrong on it 🙂
Oh how pretty! Love the jacket, the fun lining, and your sunny smile! This jacket should certainly get lots of wear, it will “go” with most anything, I suspect.
Thanks! Really pleased with it and easy to throw on 🙂
That is a great jacket! It looks so nice on you and like something that will go with everything. Your lining is really a fun pop on the inside, too!
Thanks Teri! The lining does keep making me smile and adds a little interest to an otherwise useful but pretty plain jacket.