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.