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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fleece Sport Jacket


My favorite fabric store is a sort of warehouse: concrete floors and exposed ductwork, with bolts and rolls piled on tables and in bins. But that's fine with me, since "fabric" is "beauty" in my mind. Part of the fleece section has 6 ft. rolls standing on end. It's kind of fun to lug your roll up to the fabric counter like a construction worker. Well, my boys think it's fun to carry, while I'm afraid they'll knock someone over with a roll of fleece.

When I spotted this double-sided fleece on a 6 ft. roll, I knew it was going to be Jalie 2679. The fabric is pretty neat, but it ends up having a huge downside: it's so tightly woven it's like inflexible felt. It won't breathe and doesn't stretch.

While I like my results, I'll probably want to make the jacket again in a better-chosen fabric.



If I remember correctly, I chose one size above my measurements (good thing, considering the fabric doesn't stretch). I did this because Jalie always runs slim-fitting in my experience.

The jacket lends itself to a variety of color-blocking options. The zippered side pockets sit just a little higher than usual because of the bottom hem-band.

In my opinion, Jalie's illustrated instructions are the best in the business (or maybe they just randomly think like I do - brilliant!). They are numbered step-by-step and keyed to the illustrations. Also, I really like that they have you stitch guidelines in preparation for trickier steps - in this case the zippered pockets.

My zippered pockets were a comedy of errors this time around. After installing the zips, I lost the zipper pull off the end of one and couldn't get it back on again for the life of me. So, I put in two NEW zippers (not having any more to match the remaining good one). One of them was backwards. So I ripped it off and put it on backwards again. Haha. Time to go to bed.

Anyway, it's a great classic pattern which I'll be able to use for years to come - including for my girls.



11 comments:

  1. Love the jacket! The fit looks great. Do you mind me asking where you go for this fabric warehouse? I'm within driving distance of the cities and desperately need a better place to find fabrics.

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  2. Gorgeous colors in your jacket! I love this Jalie pattern. I have only made it three times so far.

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  3. Well done! I really should try this pattern...

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  4. This looks so good, it is a shame the fabric is not breathable.

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  5. Wow, that looks great on you! Another pattern to add to my stash. :)

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  6. This jacket is such a neat fit. I would still wear it for that reason despite the tightly woven fabric!

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  7. I could this was a jalie because it's a great style/fit. It's great that the boys are providing the muscle power when you fabric shop too.

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  8. The colour blocking looks great! The fit and style are good too. Shame that the fabric isn't quite right. I am sure that when you make it again in a more comfortable fabric your pockets will go much more smoothly. If this is your "muslin" it's quite a good muslin!

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  9. The jacket looks great! Too bad that the fabric isn't breathable as it looks really nice.:)

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  10. Oh man, your zipper story is funny, only because I've done that too many times before! This looks great. I bet on cold, windy days it will be a perfect layer. (Please tell me that cold windy days are behind us, though...)

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  11. That is a fantastic jacket! I haven't seen this Jalie pattern before but it's definitely one I want to try one day!

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