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November 05, 2020 4 Comments
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I am so excited to share my project on the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Blog. There are times when a fabric and pattern turn out to be a perfect match as if they were made for each other. Although this doesn’t happen often for me, such was the case for this particular project.
Outerwear is my favorite thing to sew so when Adrianna at Hey June said she was working on a jacket pattern I knew that’s what I would make. I wanted to work with fabric that wasn’t too heavy but not too light so it would be ideal for fall and I can layer for colder weather. I decided to use the rayon linen in mauve and it was perfect for my jacket. It gave the shape and structure while having the right amount of drape.
This is the Wheaton Windbreaker jacket from Hey June! It has not been released yet but it will very soon (it’s in testing right now!). The Wheaton Windbreaker is a lightweight jacket that has a wide body with a fitted waistband and has a dolman sleeve. It has welt pockets, a large hood and a zipper that makes for easy layering. The elasticated sleeve hem is such a cute feature too.
My favorite part of this jacket is the welt pockets. The way they are constructed is unlike any other welt pocket I have sewn before. You can add optional stitching on the pockets as an added fun feature although I used matching thread so it’s not as noticeable. I think it would be cute to use contrasting thread and really make the pocket design pop.
The size I made called for 3 yards of 56” wide fabric. That seems like a lot of fabric for a jacket but I used all but a few small pieces of the rayon linen. There is no separate sleeve pattern piece; the front and back pieces have the shoulder seam extending all the way to the sleeve hem. As I mentioned, the sleeve hem is elasticated and I love that! It totally gives that bomber jacket feel but less poufy and not as cropped. There are a lot of pattern pieces and prepping with interfacing takes a bit of work. But once you start sewing, it’s fun and so satisfying.
As you can see, I have worn my jacket with leggings and sneakers, with fancy pants and heels. I have a feeling that the more I wear and wash this jacket, the fabric will relax more and become softer. The rayon linen is strongly recommended and there are lots of colors to choose from in the shop so I encourage you to check them out.
Thanks so much for reading! Follow me on Instagram @littlebitco to see when the Wheaton Windbreaker releases.
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