Branching into Outerwear


For a change, and following on from a reasonably successful last make, I decided to try something different: a jacket. I am not sure why I strayed from my usual diet of cotton dresses, but I did. I chose a jacket from a Cynthia Rowley pattern that came free with a magazine, and two fabrics from my stash.

The red wool was purchased from the Knitting and Stitching Show back in November, with the selvedge reading Noblet of England. This didn’t mean a lot to me but I liked the feel and colour. I think I bought the last two metres on the roll for £20.

This make came together quickly, and I really liked how the design meant that there were no exposed seams or raw edges; it has a neat and surprisingly professional finish. There are no fastenings, although I could have added a couple of hooks and eyes if I wanted. The jacket is cropped and a different style from what I would normally wear, but it fits nicely and is comfortable. I’ve already worn it a few times to work and elsewhere. My only confession is that despite having purchased matching bias tape to finish the joins between the sleeves and jacket, I have yet to (hand) sew it on. I enjoyed the process and final product so much that I have already cut out and pinned my next jacket project.


4 responses to “Branching into Outerwear

  1. Well done on your gorgeous jacket! The contrast fabric is adorable and gives a really professional finish!

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  2. Nice choices of fabrics. I love the colours. I like even better than its lined!

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  3. I really like this! I can imagine having this jacket in a multitude of colours as it looks quite versatile for outfits and occasions! The lining looks very neat and professional. Obviously, I am very jealous of this make 😀

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  4. Ooh! I’ve just bought this magazine today, so lovely to see one made up. Looks great, the colours work really well together.

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