Pink Jean Jacket Against Autumn Blues

The end of the summer is always difficult for me. Summer is my favorite season and every year I’m sad when it ends. This year, I sewed a new jean jacket to cheer myself up. It makes me smile by providing warmth and color.

Bettina stands on a sidewalk and buttons up her pink jean jacket. She is seen from the front and looks off to the side.

I sewed the jacket at two sewing retreats I attended recently. The first one was put on by Zuleeg, a German fabric mill, and I already wrote about the tour of the weaving mill, we got during the retreat. The second one was put on by Elle Puls.

Bettina stands on a sidewalk. She has one hand on her hip and is seen in a quarter profile. She's wearing her pink jean jacket and a heathered gray A-line skirt.

The sewing pattern fit me well out of the envelope. It’s supposed to be on the loose side, but the fit in the shoulders, bust and neck area is great. As usual, I had to lengthen the sleeves, but that’s just a small change, although the pattern features three-piece sleeves.

I used cotton organdy to interface. Organdy is a plain weave fabric, which has been chemically treated to make it stiff like paper. It works well to interface heavy fabrics. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find (in Europe at least). I have ordered it on eBay before, but was not pleased with the quality. I’m currently using organdy from Cloth House, which has nicer quality but is also much more expensive. I prefer using sew-in interfacings, because they wash and wear better than fusible ones. There’s no puckering or bubbling, even after many washes.

As a sewist, it happens often that the latest project is also the favorite, but this jean jacket really has a special place in my heart. I’ve been wearing it almost every day and have already gotten several compliments for it. The bright color cheers me up so much.

Project Details

Pattern: Audrey by Seamwork
Fabric: heavy cotton twill from a local fabric store (Emily’s Nähstübchen in Dresden)
Buttons: Prym
Topstitching Thread: Gütermann Mara #50

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