Completed: The Stacie Jean Jacket

16 Oct

Hot on the heels of my 70s denim skirt and Cone Mills Ginger jeans, I have ONE MORE denim piece to share with y’all and then I swear I’m done (well, for now anyway haha). I made a jean jacket! Skirt, pants, jacket – my dreams of wearing a full Canadian Tuxedo are finally realized πŸ˜›

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

I have wanted a new jean jacket for several years now. I had a really ace one back when I was a teenager – it fit just the way I liked and the color was spot on. I covered it with patches, buttons and pyramid studs (again, I was a teenager) and wore it for nearly a decade. It even survived Hurricane Katrina – not without a few new mold-induced holes, but y’know, ~punk rock~ or whatevs. I actually still have it, but it’s pretty old, and I’m definitely not cool enough to wear it anymore. Anyway, that was the best denim jacket. Denim jacket #2, the desperate replacement, was fairly subpar and primarily bought out of necessity rather than because I actually liked it. It never fit right, and the wash is one of those weird faded green-indigos that always looks dirty. It’s gone through a couple of alterations to both size and length, which somehow made it look both better and worse at the same time. I’ve been wanting to replace it for years, but it seems like all the stuff I find in stores has a really odd fit or is pre-destroyed/ripped/faded, which I’m not a huge fan of. And while I’ve never been opposed to making one myself, I never came across a pattern for one. Well, until now, anyway!

The pattern is the Stacie Jean Jacket from Style Arc patterns. I’ve never sewn a Style Arc pattern before – although I’ve heard wonderful things about them. They’re a bit expensive to ship from Australia, and you only get one size with your pattern (and since it’s a new-to-me company, what if I get the wrong size arghh). All that being said, Style Arc now has an Etsy shop, where you can download PDFs that come in packs of 3 sizes. Praise! Not to mention, as someone who abhors taping together a bunch of pieces paper, the PDFs are pretty small and easy to manage. You can only print one size at a time (they aren’t nested), but it does make it easier to see what lines to cut and reduce the anguish of wasting a bunch of paper on sizes larger than you need.

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

ANYWAY, all that unnecessary backstory behind, I bought the 4/6/8 pattern and printed/cut the size 6, which was based on my measurements on the size chart (finished measurements aren’t given with this pattern, so that was a big ol’ element of trust right there! Well, not horribly because I did make a muslin!) I waffled a little bit before actually sewing it up – or even making a muslin – because the instructions are SO SPARSE. I don’t feel like I need a bunch of hand-holding in my sewing these days, and I rarely even look at the illustrations in an instruction book anymore, but man alive there is literally like, a paragraph, for making the whole coat. All the sentences are really brief, and there are no reminders for stuff like finishing seams or what direction to press them in. No diagrams at all, unless you count the topstitching guide on the second page. Seriously, the instructions are 3 pages long – the first page is the cover, and the last page is the topstitching guide. And half of the second page is a map of all the pattern pieces. So yeah, not a lot of hand-holding with this one! Do you ever look at a new pattern (sewing or knitting) before starting it and get overwhelmed with all the direction since it’s a bit out of context? That’s how I felt about this pattern. Woof. I knew a muslin would be totally necessary, not just for fit, but also to make sure I understood how to put the dang thing together. I was NOT about to spend my weekend ripping out topstitching.

Stacie Jean Jacket - side

It wasn’t until I was in Maine, teaching at the bomb-ass A Gathering of Stitches for my sewing retreat last month, that one of my students (appropriately named Staci πŸ˜‰ ) showed me her Stacie Jean jacket. It was absolutely beautiful and I was immediately inspired. She reassured me that the jacket was easy to construct, and that the sizing was accurate. So, as soon as I got home, I started on my muslin.

I’m really glad that I took the time to make a muslin, because I ended up needing to make some changes around the armscye. I tried to take photos to share in this post, but you can’t really see the fitting issue. I could certainly feel it, though! The armscye was totally the wrong size and my arm movement was severely restricted. I could barely reach in front of me, and everything pulled at the bicep. I googled around and tried to figure out how to fix this issue, but that was hard since I wasn’t really sure what was causing the problem to begin with. Finally, I just sliced the sleeve out of the arm hole and re-pinned and sewed and added fabric scraps to the holes until things started to feel right. I also compared the pattern piece to my current denim jacket (which, although I’m not happy with it as a whole, I will say at the arm holes fit really well hahaha). Look at this!

Stacie Jean Jacket - pattern adjustments

So, clearly, the arm holes were WAY too big for me. Once I figured this out, I was able to adjust the pattern pieces to be the correct (smaller)size for me, plus reduce the height of the sleeve cap so that it would fit the new arm hole. Using a combination of my pinned/basted/pieced muslin pieces and the existing jacket, I added in paper to raise the underarm and add more so that the arm hole didn’t cut too far away from my actual underarm. I also added about 1/4″ to the shoulder, since it seemed a bit narrow on my muslin.

Also, totally wearing my muslin in that photo. Ha!

Stacie Jean Jacket - pattern adjustments

Stacie Jean Jacket - pattern adjustments

Stacie Jean Jacket - pattern adjustments

I wish I could give y’all specific directions or a link to a tutorial on how I figured all this out, but it was really a matter of pinning and basting and ripping and trying things on over and over until the fit felt right. I can’t even really share photos because this was a fitting issue that was more focused on the way the garment felt, rather than how it looked. Sorry! I will say that I used this post to figure out how to reduce the sleeve cap, but the arm hole itself was pure trial and error.

While I was rooting around in pattern malarkey and destroying arm holes, I also made a few more fitting changes based on the rest of the muslin. I removed 2″ from the length of the jacket, because I liked the length of my muslin without the bottom band added. I also removed a buuuuunch of length from the sleeves – as drafted, even with the turnback, they were a good 2″ too long. However, I also wanted to add a proper cuff (the pattern has a deep sleeve hem so you can turn it back, but I wanted an actual cuff with a button and placket), so I removed another 2″ at the bottom. I drafted a simple cuff (lol “drafted,” aka I drew a rectangle on some paper) and added a little bit of width at the bottom of the sleeve hem to accommodate the placket.

After all was said and done – I made a second muslin to verify that all my changes didn’t completely ruin the pattern. Everything worked! Yay!! Finally, time to cut into some denim!

Stacie Jean Jacket - back

My denim is a piece I’ve had squirreled away in my stash for a couple of years now. I bought it at one of the big Imogene + Willie yard sales, and it’s a beautiful heavy, high-quality selvage denim. I got about 4 yards for $5 (whoop!). I tried to make jorts with it last year (that was a big ol’ fail btw), then realized I like my bottoms to have a little bit of stretch, which this denim has none of. I’ve been hanging onto this yardage for way too long considering I didn’t know what I’d do with it, but a denim jacket is a pretty perfect project for this kind of fabric. Of course, I’m used to my old jacket being so soft now, so the stiffness of this new one feels really off. I may wash it a few times to try to soften it up.

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

Muslin horrors aside, sewing this jacket was super fun! Like I’ve mentioned before again and again, I really enjoy working with denim and I love all the detail that goes into sewing jeans (or denim jackets, for that matter πŸ˜‰ ). It’s a good thing I like topstitching, because this jacket has a LOT of it. Fortunately, there is a topstitching guide included in the pattern, which shows you diagrams of where to put what. I also had my old jacket out for reference, which came in handy with that sleeve placket. There is no interfacing in this jacket, although I did put a narrow strip in the facing behind the button holes and buttons – just to stabilize it a bit. It’s not the entire width of the facing. The collar and everything are uninterfaced. Over time, everything should wear in and soften up really nicely.

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

I primarily added the cuffs + placket because I like to wear my sleeves rolled up. The sleeves on this pattern are certainly wide enough to do this without needed a cuff that opens, but I just didn’t like the way that felt. I’m glad that I made the changes to the sleeve, but now I kind of feel like the sleeves are a bit too loose-fitting. The sleeves on my RTW jacket are definitely a lot tighter. That being said, I also can hardly wear a long sleeve top under that jacket without some serious bunching, so I’m going to hold off and wear this jacket around a little before I decide whether or not to narrow the sleeve. I would kind of like to be able to wear a sweater under this. The jacket is sewn with the sleeves inserted flat, then sewn up the side seams like how you’d do a tshirt (interestingly, the sleeve head has no ease whatsoever), so reducing the sleeve width will be pretty simple if I decide to do that in the future. Well, I’ll have to remove the cuff and redo the placket, but I’m sure I can manage.

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

One thing I wish this jacket included is pockets for those pocket flaps! Alas, they are merely mock pocket flaps – they don’t open to anything (or, rather, they don’t open at all – that shit it nailed shut straight through the button ahahaha). My RTW jacket has little welt pockets under the flaps, which I wanted to copy, but trying to figure out those sewing steps – in addition to the sleeve changes and all that fitting drama – was making me feel dizzy so I opted to keep it pocket-less. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve never used those pockets on my jacket. So it seemed kind of pointless to go crazy adding a pocket I didn’t even need.

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

Topstitching!! My favorite!! I used a denim needle and some lovely jeans topstitching thread for all the topstitching. I actually just used a single needle to get the double topstitching – one the first pass, I used my edgestitching foot with my needle moved all the way to one side, which made the stitching line 1/8″ from the edge. For the second pass, I used my 1/4″ foot and centered it on the first stitching line. I’m sure you could use a twin needle for this, but I don’t have any that could handle that heavy denim and thread. Plus, I don’t mind the extra work of sewing the same lines twice πŸ™‚

Stacie Jean Jacket - front

Stacie Jean Jacket - back

Sorry these pictures are so blown out! Honestly, all the photos on this post are bad, but I don’t care enough to retake them πŸ˜›

Stacie Jean Jacket - cuff and placket

Stacie Jean Jacket - cuff and placket

Here is the sleeve placket. Based on the placket of my RTW jacket (and also, Landon’s denim jacket haha), it is just a little extension cut out at the bottom of the sleeve. Maybe 1/2″ wide and 2″-3″ high. You sew the sleeve closed up to wear the placket starts, then turn under the extension twice and topstitch it down. The cuff is literally just a rectangle.

Stacie Jean Jacket - inside

The inside of the jacket is sewn with black thread (I have two sewing machines so I can use both when I’m making anything with jeans – one is threaded for piecing, and the other is threaded for topstitching) and the seams are serged.

Stacie Jean Jacket - inside

More frustrating than the fitting conundrum was sewing these FUCKING button holes! LORD!!! I can’t even tell you how many I had to rip out – my machine just plain did NOT want to put button holes in this jacket! Working on those things legit drove me to drink that day. At least I finished, them! And then I got to hammer out my frustrations with the buttons, which is always a plus πŸ™‚ The buttons are some of the bag of 25 that I bought from Taylor Tailor, btw!

Stacie Jean Jacket - inside

Finally, I added this little hanging loop to the center back neckline, to make the jacket easier to hang! It’s just a little strip of the selvage, folded and topstitched and crammed into the collar seam πŸ™‚

Stacie Jean Jacket - back

Overall, I’m really pleased with how the jacket turned out (well, other than the width of the sleeves, but I’m gonna sit on that and see how I feel after I’ve worn some long-sleeve shirts under it. I might feel differently about it in a couple of months!)! Despite all my fit-bitching at the beginning of the post, I think this is a great pattern and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking to make your own denim jacket and can be adventurous about the lack of instructions. While I did indeed have problems with the arm hole fit, I googled the shit out of this pattern and haven’t come across anyone else with the same fit issues. This leads me to believe this is a fit issue specific to my particular body shape, and not an indication that the pattern is terrible. Just need to put that out there!

Will I make this pattern again? You bet! I’d love to do a shrunken version in white denim, maybe for next spring πŸ™‚


89 Responses to “Completed: The Stacie Jean Jacket”

  1. Lynn Barnes October 16, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Hurray! for a delightful finished product. I use a Kwik-Sew pattern for denim jackets, but it is pretty boxy. This looks to have some waist shaping, at least at the back.

    The little donkey jacket (old term for that style of jacket, maybe because mule drivers used to wear them? idk) is such a classic style, so useful for so many occasions. I like them made from a good, heavy corduroy, too — and occasionally from a tapestry that others might relegate to a sofa for a hotel lobby.

    Since I am a more average size than are you, I find really decent denim and corduroy jackets so cheap in cost at the thrift store that I tend to buy my jackets more than make them, anymore.

    Except for the artsy sort that is published by Burda, and some (but not all!) of Marci Tilton’s patterns. I know they are not your favorite, but as A Woman of a Certain Age I indulge my wilder fantasies more than I did as a youth. Costumiers like to dress up, too.

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      Yeah, the waist shaping on this jacket was a big seller for me. That was one of the alterations I did on my RTW one – didn’t like the boxy shape on me. Also, I’ve never heard of calling it a donkey jacket but I am REALLY loving that description! Haha!

  2. Jen October 16, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    I think it looks great. I’m definitely a beginner to garment sewing and have just recently sewn a pair of Style Arc pants and the instructions are def sparse. I’m glad to hear it’s not just my inexperience. That said, the pants fit perfectly without any alterations (or a muslin, oops) which is crazy for my first pair of pants ever. Needless to say I’m on board with all the Style Arc praises.

    I have looked at this pattern and thought “some day” glad I have this post to come back to. I would say leave the sleeves roomy, a nice chunky sweater under that thing will take you well into fall!

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      If you’ve made pants with the sparse instructions, then you probably handle this jacket πŸ™‚ It’s not really that hard to assemble, just a bit time-consuming with all the topstitching!

      And I agree with being able to wear it with a chunky sweater! That’s one reason why I want to keep the sleeves wide for at least a few more wears to see what I think. With my old jacket, trying to wear a sweater under it meant that I felt like a stuffed sausage hahaha

  3. symondezyn October 16, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Stellar! it looks SO professional!! Nothing beats a jean jacket – I wear my beloved one all year round with everything (except jeans – I’m Canadian and wouldn’t be caught DEAD in head to toe denim hahaha ^_^), so when it comes time to replace it, it’s good to know there’s a pattern for that πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Hey, sometimes I do the head-to-toe denim look. If it’s good enough for Britney, it’s good enough for me πŸ˜› hahahahahaha

      • symondezyn October 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

        True, but then again, you can totally channel Britney, or even Dolly! ^_^ I’d end up channelling Farmer Joe >.< LOL

      • Sox October 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

        I’ve always heard the head-to-toe denim look was called a Texas Tuxedo. Interesting to have it spun around to call it Canadian. I guess it depends who is doing the naming.

  4. Beth October 16, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Wow! This is one gorgeous couture denim jacket, lady! And I so commend you for taking the time to talk about all the muslin-making, ripping, refitting, etc., etc. that go into making something fab. Too often we (all of us, at one time or another) look at something and think it came together on the first go. Like when people don’t swatch when they knit and then never end up being able to wear anything they’ve spent so much time making. Argh!! Now, to go take my own advice…. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you! While I don’t normally have a lot of fit issues with the patterns I sew, I do try to mention them + my steps to resolve said issue if it crops up! I find the information really useful when I’m googling around trying to solve a problem, and so I like to contribute my share right back πŸ™‚ Plus, it’s reassuring to hear that someone had to overcome problems to get a good fit, and that not everything fits perfectly on the first go. And, ooh, don’t even get me started on people who don’t swatch their knit projects! Bad bad BAD!! ahaha πŸ™‚

  5. Meris - The Fabric Alchemist October 16, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this pattern. I too have been on the look for the right denim jacket and this one looks like it fits my preferences. I’ll take a look at Style Arc’s etsy page.

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      You are so welcome! πŸ™‚

  6. Chris @ makeandwear October 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Love your denim jacket. I had one years ago in college and regretted giving it away. I found another one recently and I’ve worn it so much, that I’m not sure how I managed without one for so long!

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Same! I don’t know what it is about a denim jacket, but I feel like they go with everything and are so useful to have in one’s wardrobe.

  7. Chris @ makeandwear October 16, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve also been admiring your hollyburn skirts for a while, but I’m not sure if it’ll work on me. Would you say it’s a circle skirt or more of a 3/4 circle? Circle skirt haven’t looked great on me in the past!

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Oh no, the Hollyburn is definitely a lot less flared than a circle skirt or even a 3/4 circle. It’s probably more like a 1/4 circle, or a very exaggerated a-line πŸ™‚

      • Chris @ makeandwear October 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

        Great thanks, will have to take another look at that pattern so πŸ™‚

  8. Miss Celie October 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    I have a GAP denim jacket from college that I still love. And, amazing still fits because I bought all my clothes big back then. I was thinking how I don’t need to replace it because I love it so much. But, the waist shaping details on yours have me thinking differently. Holy cow! It’s amazing. This is one of my favorite items I’ve seen you stitch up.

    • Miss Celie October 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Oh! Also, why no lapped seams? I got the lapped seam foot for my machine (crazy sale) and can’t wait to make denim up again. And, it looked so awesome in your jeans. Not judging! Just curious.

      • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

        It’s a valid question! I was originally going to do lapped seams, but both mine & Landon’s denim jacket have serged + topstitched seams. Plus, the pattern doesn’t say anything about lapped seams (well, it doesn’t say anything about finishing seams in general, ha), so I decided to go with what our existing jackets are done up like. Although, one of the two has a lapped back yoke seam. So I dunno! I guess I just didn’t want to try lapping those curved seams, although I have no problem doing that for button downs.

        I really want to try that lapped seam foot! I might have to go check it out next time I’m around the Bernina store. I always spend sooo much money when I go in there, no regrets!

    • LLADYBIRD October 16, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

      I think mine is from GAP too! It’s ok, but I never liked the boxy shape (which I did some altering on in the past, but it’s still not the best, you know?). The curved seams are my favorite part about this pattern. I just think they look soo good!

      • symondezyn October 16, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

        Sorry to hijack your convo here haha, but I wanted to share with you that my current denim jacket is from Old Navy, and it’s fab! I know they’re an American company so, not sure whether we get different offerings here in Canada (plus i bought it last summer haha) but thought I’d throw it out there anyway ^_^ It has a little bit of shaping, and some stretch so it’s cute and flattering πŸ™‚ Obv way better to sew your own, and make it customized but for RTW it’s not too bad πŸ™‚

  9. ThreadTime October 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Fantastic job with this jacket. Beautiful on you and a really beautiful finish on this jacket. Well done!

  10. Staci Flowers Carpenter October 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

    GAH! Absolutely gorgeous Lauren! So is the jacket πŸ˜‰ I love the changes you made to the pattern. The length looks perfect and using selvedge denim is genius. I’m totally stealing that idea along with the sleeve placket for my next ‘blue’ denim version. So glad I brought mine to class to share. Speaking of class….can we go back to Maine? Best class I’ve ever attending. Absolute heaven.

    I do love the fit and styple of this pattern. First denim jacket I’ve seen with princess seam and waist shaping. It looks fabulous on you dahling!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      I’m glad you brought it to class, too! Otherwise it might have sat on my cutting table for another 2 months… I needed that reassuring kick in the pants πŸ˜€

      And YES I wish we could go back to Maine! That was such an awesome weekend. Miss all y’all ladies so much!!

  11. Casey Maura October 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Love this! I like that it’s not quite as boxy as a typical jean jacket. And I’m bowing down to your topstitching prowess!

  12. sabineclement October 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Wow! That’s a beautiful piece of art. Excellent!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Thank you thank you! πŸ™‚

  13. Jae October 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Yay, love this! I actually just invested in my first Style Arc pattern too, the Ziggi Jacket. I was also super excited to discover their Etsy shop! And someone brought it to my attention you can get some of them via Amazon as well, and you get all the sizes. At least with the Ziggi jacket I was looking at. I’ve mentally prepared myself for the sparseness of directions. Love this pattern though too. Turned out great!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      Oh, that’s right, I heard that about Style Arc being on Amazon. I’ll have to look into that for sure πŸ™‚ I was totally lurking on the Ziggi jacket, it’s an awesome style (just not super wearable for me, but worth lurking on everyone else’s finished ones haha).

  14. Bella October 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Wow. This jacket is the coolest!! It looks perfect from here and the sleeves definitely don’t look too large. I’ve been working on my a-line denim skirt after seeing your one and I totally get the topstitching enjoyment thing. Why do you think you had trouble with the buttonholes on this jacket? Was it the topstitching thread? Buttonholes are all I have left to do!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      I think it was primarily the thread, and maybe I didn’t have a big enough needle (I just used the biggest one I had on hand, but that thread is REALLY thick). Whenever I do button holes with non-denim thread, they are fine. I asked my Bernina dude about it and he told me that’s just a thing about denim thread. I’d just be prepared to rip them out if you need to πŸ™‚ At least it’s pretty easy since the thread is so visible, haa!

  15. Simone Schermann October 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow, that fabric just waited for this pattern. Looks totally perfect on you!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes it did! Totally worth the wait πŸ™‚

  16. InΓ©s October 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Impressive! Gosh it’s awesome, I love that fabric too. I being petite always notice arm scyces to be huge in me ! That and the waist being too low, it makes an incredible difference in look when those two things are right! I used to think I was deformed until I noticed that! Your jacket looks amazing a favorite!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

      Nope, you’re not deformed at all – just not the same average that they use for making clothing πŸ™‚ Which there is NOTHING wrong with – we’re all off-average in some way or another. Although it is annoying when you’re trying to buy clothes, or get away without doing fitting adjustments to a pattern. Hey, at least we have the option I guess πŸ™‚ Anyway, thank you!

  17. InΓ©s October 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    And.. This sleeves look good from her wand you’ll have room for stuff like sweaters and such. And I love your hair sups cute the color and style!

  18. InΓ©s October 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    My last email is a spelling embarrassment sorry πŸ˜–

  19. liz-o-matic October 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    You do not understand how happy I was when you first posted about this pattern! I have a corduroy jacket I legit FOUND in college, someone (a customer we assumed) left it at the store I worked at- it sat in the back for weeks before I just claimed it πŸ™‚ Everything about it was perfect, aside from being a bit tight…. Well flash forward 10 years and the ribbing has worn almost off and it has gone from a “bit tight” to laughably small. I have been looking for years for first a replacement and then a pattern and nothing was right! (everything is too boxy, with no waist shaping) Until you posted this! It seriously looks like Style Arc flew half way across the world, snuck into my closet and copied it! I am seriously SO excited to try this! (as evidenced by the book length comment I’ve left)

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      I LOVE when that happens! Finding a copy of an old favorite that you can finally reproduce – such a great feeling!! And now you’ve got me wanting to make this up in corduroy!

  20. Lisa Sloman October 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    That is absolutely gorgeous!! And the fit is beautiful.

  21. Kristina October 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    I also love the shaping, and especially the curved, top-stitched seams in front coming down from the pockets. Seriously pro top-stitching.

    I noticed what looked like a beer bottle in some of the photos, and then when you said the buttonholes drove you to drink, I understood. πŸ™‚

    And I’m with you Staci–let’s go back to Maine!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      Haha yeah, the beer bottle is evidence of me trying to self-medicate post button holes πŸ™‚ Whatever, it works! haha!

      And yeah, it sounds like we need to plan another retreat! Our time in Maine was just way way too short πŸ™‚

  22. sallie October 17, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    Awesome job!! This really looks like a great base pattern for a jean jacket – I’m going to sound like a broken record – but the shaping is really key! I had a shrunken jean jacket (oh the early 00’s) that was very Abercrombie and Fitch back in my highschool/college days that I wore to threads – loved that jacket! This looks like the grown up version. Can’t wait to see how that denim wears in – you should do an update post in a year or so!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Ha, I had a shrunken A&F jean jacket from the early 00s as well! It was white and just a little distressed… loooved that jacket. I had to eventually get rid of it because it yellowed so much over the years and it wouldn’t bleach out 😦 That’s a good idea about revisiting the jacket in a year! it’ll be interesting to see how the denim wears and fades.

  23. patternandbranch October 17, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    This looks awesome on you! All your hard work really paid off.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you! I do feel pretty good about it πŸ™‚

  24. nettie October 17, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    OOOOOHHHHHH I love this!! The perfect colors, both denim and hardware! Those two things have kept me from finding my perfect jacket. I have very specific colors I’m looking for and they don’t sell that shit at Old Navy.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Yeah, I feel like Old Navy used to be legit with their denim goods and now the selection is just awful. Really cheap looking and really strange fit. It’s amazing how much of a difference something as simple as the hardware has on the overall look of the jacket.

  25. Anna October 17, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Can I just say…AWESOME!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  26. Inclement October 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Which skirt is that? I don’t remember it. (All the patriotic colors here – good job. :))

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      That’s cos it’s not LT-made πŸ˜‰ I bought it off Elizabeth Suzann’s sample rack (before she released it to the public – yay for having first dibs haha). She had it in two colors as part of the fall collection, but it was one the pieces that didn’t make the final cut. So now I have them in both navy and burnt orange. They are wool rib knit and they are SO awesome and cozy!!

      • Inclement October 17, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Oops, thought it was red! (Blasted laptop.)

        • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:26 am #

          I WISH it was red!! I love the orange, but red is totally my color πŸ˜‰

  27. Lynne Pusscat October 18, 2015 at 1:08 am #

    My Stacie pattern arrived yesterday in the post – YAY!!! (along with Style Arc’s Sally denim skirt), so excited to get sewing !l!
    But first I need to go fabric shopping 😝

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      Always the best part of any sewing experience πŸ˜€

  28. Margo October 18, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    Your jacket is the best!! It really makes me want to make one! Your sewing is impeccable!

  29. Cathrin October 18, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    I really love your Jean Jacket! I should have waited for your version, because now I am missing cuffs on mine… πŸ™‚ But I also will make another version in white jean for spring! Yeah!
    PS: sorry for my bad english skills, just hope you understand me πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:43 am #

      Are you kidding me? Your English is basically perfect πŸ™‚ Don’t even worry about it!

  30. Becky Thompson October 18, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    You did such a great job on this jacket! However, your review of the StyleArc effectively scared me away from it. I definitely need more skills on jacket making than to attempt this version first. Fortunately, I’m kind of “boxy” and other patterns work for me. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      Noo, I wasn’t trying to scare anyone away from the pattern! For what it’s worth, I have not seen any other review with this same issue, and it’s a fitting issue that I have with a lot of other patterns. I think it’s more of a problem for me+my body, rather than a pattern drafting error.

  31. ellegeemakes October 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I love it! I’ve been looking for the perfect pattern for awhile for a jean jacket for myself – – but I’m not sure I could deal with the fitting issues you had so successfully – – but maybe….I love all the details! and your topstitching is Amazing. So great with that skirt too.

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Well, I think the fitting issues were more so because of my body and less so due to the pattern πŸ™‚ If that makes you feel any better! And thank you!!

      • ellegeemakes October 20, 2015 at 10:08 am #

        Hmmmm, well, I have really narrow shoulders and a high waist so, realistically, I’m challenged no matter what (lol) But that’s one of the reasons I sew. Maybe I’ll give it a shot. The style and detailing are so perfect!

  32. Deborah October 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    I have had issues with Stylarc on much simpler designs. The sizes are really huge with far too much ease. Sounds as if you had much fun altering the pattern but the patterns need more tweaking than I care to do.

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Interesting that you say that! I haven’t read any negative reviews on this company, and most everyone seems to agree that there isn’t a lot of unnecessary ease in the patterns (I found the ease for this pattern to be perfect – other than the sleeves, which might have to do with being able to fold them back without a cuff and also for layering purposes! I’m used to wearing tight sleeves, so it feels wrong to me haha). It might be an issue with their really simple designs and/or whatever size you cut (since there can absolutely be grading errors). I’m sorry to hear that you had a problem with the patterns, though! 😦

  33. Craftastrophies October 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    I quite regularly have that issue with the armscye being way too large. I hear that a lot of plus size women have that problem, because patterns tend to grade up EVERYTHING and then it’s too big. Plus, I have big boobs and hunched-forward shoulders so there’s this weird little hollow where the armscye needs to go… fitting. Nightmare. Ok I’m exaggerating, it’s not a HOLLOW as such but you know XP And yeah, it restricts movement – a bit counter intuitively! I found it really hard to find info about it and how to fix it, but filling in that armscye curve is one of the most common fit adjustments I do. I found out that it wasn’t just me from this post

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Yeah, the plus sizers have an AWFUL time with how their sizes get graded. I think it’s ridiculous when that happens! Thank you for linking me to that post – I just fell down an armscye rabbit-hole and it was absolutely fascinating! I have so much to learnnnn!! πŸ˜€

  34. Linda October 19, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    That is a lovely jacket! Love the topstitching, especially the lovely lines down the body.

  35. Michelle October 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Lauren, this looks outstanding! I’m going to have to refer back to the armhole modifications you made on this pattern, because I feel like I have that fit issue often on sleeved bodices and jackets. I didn’t even know where to start fixing it, so THANKS!

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Thank you Michelle! And you are SO welcome! I had a hard time figuring out how to fix the problem for myself, so I’m really happy to share whatever I learn so that someone else can learn from what I did! πŸ™‚

  36. shanniloves October 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Awe yeah, this is awesome!

  37. Angie October 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    The jacket looks really awesome. I’d been looking for a nice jean jacket pattern for a while when I found the SA Staci pattern. I love the waist shaping (boxy garments are not that hot on my plus figure, lol). I bought it like 4 weeks ago, but was afraid to tackle it, even doing a muslin seemed daunting. I really like that you put all the issues you have with a pattern and how you get around them on here, it’s a big help. Seeing your completed version is giving me all kinds of hope right now.

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:52 am #

      You can totally do it! It’s actually a pretty simple pattern, and the pieces go together intuitively (there’s not really anything complex about the construction). I definitely think a muslin first is a good idea, if only to give you confidence in the assembly before you make the real thing! But you can absolutely swing this πŸ™‚

  38. Sara October 20, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    Um, Lauren! Where’s the photo of you in the Canadian Tuxedo?! The jacket looks amazing!

    • LLADYBIRD October 20, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Ha! Maybe someday… ! πŸ™‚

  39. Lori November 16, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Love the jacket and want to try one too… About the stiffness… I read somewhere that if you prewash denim with coke, supposed to be coke specifically, that it will soften it up. You’re supposed to just keep washing and drying it until it’s as soft as you like it. I think it was one can in a front loader and 2-3 in a top loader. Can’t see why you couldn’t wash the jacket that way. But I guess I’d probably test wash on a scrap piece with some topstitching first to make sure it holds up. Love your blog!

  40. Lee August 29, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    This is probably my favorite outfit! Definitely the best from 2015.


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