Today Ren is back with a Zippy Jacket that makes me want to run out and make myself a copy with the Zinnia pattern ASAP. Read on to see more…
Hello, all! I'm Ren Murphy of The Inspired Wren where I share inspired sewing, crochet, and crafts. Today I'm here with a Blank Slate Zippy (Sweater!) Jacket.
Ever take a final stitch, pull the garment off the machine, look at it and think, "I can't believe I just made this." It's a rare feeling, but I just had it! This Zippy Jacket is a trifecta of perfect pattern, fabric, and model in one.
|The bonded fabric is reversible giving the jacket a false lined look.|
The Zippy Jacket pattern calls for medium to heavyweight interlock knit and rib knit. I headed into my local fabric store for a quilted sweatshirting with a bright-pop-of-color zipper, and came out with this slub grey bonded sweater knit. It jumped into my cart and refused to let me leave without it, then demanded a classic black zip. Solid black on one side, sweater knit on the other, with a pinch of spandex to give it decent stretch and recovery; I took a chance and used the one fabric for the entire jacket. The collar and the pocket trim are sewn black side out, the cuffs and waistband are sewn without alteration -- and it all worked! Whew.
|Love me some circle pockets.|
The bonded fabric is thick, so I confess one alteration to the pattern. I sewed the circle pocket trim with only three layers -- I didn't fold under the last layer on the backside, rather I trimmed the excess fabric tight to the zig-zag stitch. I am a sucker for circle pockets though, and I love how classic these look trimmed in black.
As for my model and her every-present ponytail, this sweater jacket was clearly missing from her wardrobe. It's easy to wear, super comfy, yet has a bit of a polish thanks to the fabric and contrast collar. This one is a straight size 5-6, but I kind of want one in my size now. Don't you?
|She's very concerned about when that second front tooth will finally fall out. All I want for Christmas is for it to happen so we can stop talking about it ...and start singing about it instead.|