Denim is universal; it matches everything and you can work it into virtually every style there is. Over the top embellishments have been huge lately, and even if you typically like a classic jean jacket, everyone needs a little bit of flair every once in a while. Feathers have been a special favorite in recent shows, and since festival season is about to be in full swing, I figured we'd take the opportunity to make this classic silhouette a little more of a statement piece.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 3 yards Charcoal Stretch Cotton Denim
- 2 yards 6" Single Ply Blue Ostrich Fringe
- 2 pkgs Silver Dritz 6 Jean Buttons
- 2 spools Extra Strong Thread
- MDF048 - The Oak Jacket Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Begin by sewing your center front and middle front jacket panels like you see above. Next, attach your side front panel, with the pocket piece sandwiched in between like below.
Using a twin needle, stitch your seam allowance down.
Fold your pocket in half so your middle front panel meets the side front panel. Stitch both panels together above the pocket and then stitch down the seam allowance.
Face your chest pocket flaps by stitching 2 with the right sides together. Flip them right side out, press, and edge-stitch.
Press the raw edges of your chest pocket 1/2" toward the wrong side and press. Double fold the top edge and stitch down. Place the pocket over the middle front panel of your jacket, about 1" from the top, and stitch into place with a twin needle.
Pin the pocket flap along the raw edge above the pocket and stay-stitch.
Add your front yoke, sandwiching the pocket flap into the seam, and then fold the yoke upward and stitch down the seam allowance.
Pin and stay-stitch the bottom of your jacket along the waistband, closing your lower pocket lining.
Attach your back yoke to your front panels at the shoulders.
Add your side back panels to either side of your center back and attach the entire thing at the side seams of your jacket. Don't sew to the yoke yet, as that's where the feathers will go later.
Next, create your sleeve like you see below, combining the upper and lower panels at the underarm seam.
Attach your sleeves to your jacket, aligning the open seam of your sleeve with the open seam of your jacket's back yoke.
Pin your feathers along the open back seam.
Fold the facing at the bottom of your sleeves back and edge-stitch over the feather casing. Pin the remainder of the open yoke and sleeve seams closed, faces of your denim together with the feathers sandwiched in between.
Add the cuffs of your sleeves to the bottom, gathering two pleats toward the back, like you see above. Place your facing over the cuff, sew along the 3 lower edges, pull right side out, and press. Edge-stitch all four sides, securing the final open side in the process.
Double fold the center front of your jacket to create the button plackets and edge-stitch, like you can see above.
Next, add your collar to the neckline of your jacket and face it the same way you faced the sleeve cuffs.
Lastly, use the buttonhole foot on your machine to add holes along the front placket, as well as the cuffs of your sleeves. Use a Dritz jean button kit to add corresponding buttons.
What color feather will you be putting on your jacket? Let me know in the comments!