The second October hits, I switch into Outerwear Mode. Jackets and coats are my absolute favorite things to sew and they always end up being my coolest projects. For this one, I chose to use the free moto jacket pattern I made a few months ago, with just a few alterations.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards Faux Leather Bonded to a Cream Shearling
- (1) 20″-22″ Separating Zipper
- (2) 9″ Light Gray Metal Closed Bottom Zipper with Metal Teeth
- Wrights Black 1/2″ Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
- Dritz Heavy Duty Snap Plier Kit and/or Heavy Duty Snaps
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This version of the pattern was made using size XL, but always make a muslin and do a fitting before getting started with your real fabric.
For starters, this new bonded faux leather/shearling from Mood completely eliminated the need for a lining. I skipped all of the lining and facing pattern pieces, which are mainly piece numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 16, and 22. I cut one of the collar, and only 2 of each of the sleeve pieces. The only thing I did face was the bottom waistband.
Because the sleeves aren’t lined, I did a simple rolled hem and slip-stitched them to the shearling side. You can faintly see where the stitches lay in the the photo above.
To reduce bulk, I chose to keep the zippers exposed. This kept me from having to fold the thick faux leather over and top-stitch, which probably would have looked odd.
I was worried about running into a similar problem while sewing the shoulder extensions, so I sewed piece #10 to #21 with the shearling sides together. I then covered the raw edge with some black bias tape.
Part of me wishes I had run into the bulk issue a little sooner because adding some bias tape in a contrasting color could look really cool are certain seams; maybe in a matching gray or a vibrant red.Alas, there is always next time! I really want to try this project in one of Mood’s other bonded fabrics, like this metallic silver faux fur/fluffy white fur. How cozy would that be?