Welcome to my Sew Over It Lola Jacket, from their ebook Capsule Wardrobe: My City Break.
This gilt brocade has been scooped up by loads of sewing bloggers, if my Instagram feed is anything to go by. You can see why. It’s a fresh and modern print, reminding me of the resin jewellery you can buy in Oliver Bonas.
This jacket would look amazing with a statement necklace.
I bought my brocade for £3 a metre from The Man Outside Sainsburys, but it’s also been spotted in Goldhawk Road and other markets around the UK. I needed four metres. The Lola pattern eats up fabric, largely because of the self-faced waterfall collar.
I needed extra fabric for my pattern matching, too. I was keen that those waterfall collars vaguely matched. Though with this amount of drape and fluidity, the emphasis is on vague. Still, I know the matching is there.
The brocade means even the inside of your jacket looks pretty, which is important as this make isn’t lined. And no lining means super-easy construction, as long as you don’t mind paying attention to seam finishes.
The jacket version of this pattern doesn’t come with pockets, so I added patch pockets. I’d approach this addition differently another time and have pockets extend across either seam line of that pattern piece. (Difficult to explain; easy for me to visualise!)
This coat/jacket is made up of only six pattern pieces. It lends itself well to piece meal work as and when you can squeeze in half an hour of sewing. You need fabric with drape, or risk looking as though you’re wearing a tent.
I love my new brocade jacket and it fits with my new self-imposed colour scheme as it includes a variation on, um, mustard!
I’d definitely consider wearing this jacket as an indoor item or as a layering item. I thought it would be too Spring-like to take on my trip to Stof & Stil but I wore it this morning beneath my huge winter coat and it was fine.
Three notes on brocade:
- It frays quickly. Overlock or otherwise attend to your raw seams.
- It doesn’t crease, which makes this jacket perfect for throwing over the back of chairs or wearing beneath coats.
- Brocade doesn’t give. At all. It wouldn’t suit a sheath dress or tight-fitting item. Not unless you want seams to strain and your tummy to hurt.
Sew this pattern – it’s awesome.
Buy some brocade – brocade is awesome.
Ooh, I’m being bossy today, aren’t I?
Okay, here’s one last bossy instruction.
Feel proud of yourselves. Something once-in-a-lifetime happened yesterday. I’ve always reassured myself that even in the pits of misery, I’m unwittingly sewing the seeds of future happiness. I could never have believed that same message could apply to a whole world of people wearing pink hats. But, guys! A flame was lit yesterday.
A flame called hope.