I found this remnant at the local fabric store a couple of months ago and really liked it. It is a good weight in a nice color and finish. With this piece I thought I would actually be able to make something denim that didn’t scream “homemade!” It is probably best that there was only a remnant left. Otherwise I would have gone back and bought a whole bolt. I had visions of jeans, bags, more jackets, etc.
The jacket is fully lined with a woven cotton print in green and brown.
2. I decreased the height of the collar by 1/2" and shortened it so that it ends just before the center front.
3. I used the sleeve pattern from Vogue 2793 (OOP). This sleeve has a curved seam along the top of the arm. It results in a nicely fitted sleeve that needs very little easing to set in. I haven't worked with denim very much, but I wasn't real excited about trying to ease this piece. I think the extra seam adds a little interest, too. I did have to decrease the height of the sleeve cap by 3/8" to make the patterns compatible.
I bagged the lining and finished the hem/facing juncture according to the tutorial by Fashion Incubator. This was the first time I had tried this and found this to be a great way to finish the jacket. Completely finished on the inside and entirely by machine.
My first choice would have been to make the pocket flaps with buttons on, but I only bought four buttons, not six. I bought the buttons when we were out of town visiting family, so I couldn’t just go get some more. Bummer. I really liked THESE buttons, so I didn’t really entertain the thought of going to another store and picking out some different ones. So, what to do?
I didn’t like the idea of plain pocket flaps or plain patch pockets, so I decided to try echoing the button motif on the pockets. A few different options auditioned and in the end I chose a single line of machine straight stitching in thread the same color as the buttons. During the “audition” I liked that it was subtle and clean, but now that it is finished I’m not so sure. I think it might be too subtle and would look better if it was a little more noticeable. Oh, well…file that away for next time.