Knit Biker Jacket (My Image M1459) Review

This knit jacket is from the pattern for the pinky-grey jacket featured on the cover of My Image 9 (Fall/Winter 2014/15).   The magazine shots show view B, which has a colour blocked layered-look sleeve. View A has a plain sleeve.  There is a mistake in the tech drawing – the front princess seam actually runs from the shoulder rather the armhole.  This was another pattern that was on my wishlist as soon as I saw it.  So since the top I made from the previous edition went so well, I decided it was good time to sew it up.

The fabric is a textured jacquard knit that I bought last year from KnitWit with this pattern in mind.

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Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket

Border print detail
Border print detail

Last year I bought a really funky border print fabric and I’ve been searching for a jacket pattern to use with it. The pattern repeat is quite short so I needed to be careful with seaming. I’d been reluctantly leaning towards a bomber jacket. Last week I was searching for a parka pattern for another project and came across the Tosti Utility Jacket by Waffle Patterns and thought it would be worth a try. Continue reading “Waffle Patterns: Tosti Utility Jacket”

Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket

Charcoal Goretex Jacket - front
Charcoal Goretex Jacket – front

For the last 10 years I’ve been wanting to make a Goretex jacket.  The RTW one I use for skiing and hiking was designed for  someone much taller than I am.  Making my own would mean I get a good fit plus have control over pocket styles and added extras like pit zips and detachable hoods.  So what has been stopping me all this time?  The  main issue is can’t really decide on the design I want to make.  Some of the slim-fit RTW climbing jackets looks so nice, but maybe not so versatile.  The other issue is the paralysis of not wanting to cut into expensive fabric. Continue reading “Lekala 5917: Goretex Jacket”

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4

The last part of the new wardrobe is the “wildcard” pack.  The colours can be anything, as long as they match with some (not all) of the items in the previous packs.  I’ve used orange tones in my wildcards. Continue reading “‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Pack 4”

Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer

Linen Jacket

A couple of months back, I found some gorgeous natural linen fabric from my local indie fabric shop.  I bought enough for a pair of pants and shorts.  After making the pants, I decided to make a matching jacket instead of the shorts.   I chose the Lekala 4162 pattern as I’ve had good fitting results with their patterns and liked the style of the jacket. Continue reading “Lekala 4162: Linen Blazer”

Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim

Detail view
Detail view

Last year I made the pattern last year “as-is” in leather and have worn it a lot. I have used the pattern as a base to knock-off of the Kuhl Burr jacket. This post covers the design changes that I made. Please see the original post for more detail on the original pattern / instructions etc. Continue reading “Lekala 4305 (Jacket With Stand Collar) in Denim”

Pattern Review: McCall 7199 in Printed Mesh


When this pattern was first released I was really excited.  I had seen a similar style in RTW on Anthropology and more recently, the Style Arc Marie Jacket pattern.  The different closures were appealing, especially view C with the toggle closure.

I made it up in a lightweight printed mesh.   The fabric is gorgeous but doesn’t show up well in the photographs.  I guess I had high hopes for this pattern. It is OK, but because it feels a little long on me, I’m not loving it as much as I hoped I would. Continue reading “Pattern Review: McCall 7199 in Printed Mesh”

Lekala 4167 (Jacket in Military Style) in Textured Wool

2015_02_c.jpg I love it! It feels so nice to put it on and I know I’m going to wear it a lot!To my amazement, there are no wrinkles, the sleeve hangs perfectly, and doesn’t bind when I lift my arm up. I’ve also really surprised myself with the construction. 12 months ago, I could only dream of sewing a jacket as well as this.

This jacket is a combination of Lekala 4167 (main silhouette) and Lekala 5548 (dart configuration and sleeve fit). Continue reading “Lekala 4167 (Jacket in Military Style) in Textured Wool”