Look at this. A denim jacket! I absolutely love this jacket and it has been the most exciting thing I've made for some time. It was so much fun planning, sewing and watching it come together.
The Maisa Denim Jacket is from the SS17 collection by Named, which was released yesterday. This collection has some lovely pieces and I will be blogging, in the next few days, about two other patterns from this collection that I also tested.
The sample jacket from the collection was made from recycled jeans, which I considered using for my jacket. However, I had some remnant pieces of this dark denim from Remida and I decided to use those in the end. It is a medium-light weight denim with no stretch and was a perfect choice for a comfortable jacket.
I have made many Named patterns before and completely trust their quality and sizing, so I decided to do some Sashiko stitching on the back panel before sewing up the jacket. I found a tutorial online and got to it.
I drew the grid on my fabric with a chalk wheel pen and sewed two stitches per square for durability, following the plan in the tutorial. It was very satisfying watching the pattern emerge. I was sewing this around Christmas during the summer school holidays, so took it with me to a waterfront cafe and stitched while the children played in the water.
Once the Sashiko was finished I sewed the rest of the jacket. I lined the back panel with some cotton chambray to hide the knots from the Sashiko. The instructions are great for this pattern and produce a very neat inside for this unlined jacket.
I used rust-coloured thread for the topstitching and added little red bar tacks at the opening of the sleeve vents. The buttons are jeans buttons from Spotlight that are hammered into place.
This jacket is completely comfortable with no pulling at the shoulders when I stretch forward (a problem I have with some jackets). I have already worn it many times since I made it as it goes with everything. The proportions all seem spot on to me and I just love everything about it.
In the spirit of hand sewing, I'm wearing the jacket with my indigo dyed Alabama Chanin style StyleArc Tammy dress.
Here are a few more pictures:
Thank you to Named for the opportunity to test this pattern. I love everything about it and, as always, their pattern testing procedure was professional and lots of fun.