I made a jacket

It's been a while since I'd last named a post this way, no? "I made a..." posts used to be aplenty when I was beginning to learn to sew. Then, with time, those items I made were popping up in every outfit post and became so normal for me that I dropped the tradition of giving each new handmade item its own post. I want to bring it back this time, though, because a coat... well, a coat is something else.

I've been toying with the idea of making my own outerwear for years. I lacked the courage to actually dive into it. Then, a week ago or two, I just went and did it. That's how I usually get stuff done. The less I think, the better the result, if not in its physical form, then in the amount of learning that I do via an act of simply doing something.

And so, yes, I've learned a lot here. Like the fact that you don't really do darts in jackets, it all fits better if you make a slash instead. Also you should measure the length of your jacket in the first place because then you just might be able squeeze the full length of a sleeve out of your fabric. Also that sewing on toggles is pain because they're never perfectly aligned, especially on fabric with longer fur/nap that you can't fully control. But at the same time this furry wool is just deliciously warm and I've found out I like looking like a bear.

a jacket I made from self-drafted pattern, mushroom pins (amanita and ink cap), old jeans and boots, thrifted scarf, vintage backpack, Camaieu sweater (sold out)

A strange tree with paper Christmas ornaments that we found in the middle of the forest.


I'm wearing a jacket I made from self-drafted pattern, mushroom pins (amanita and ink cap), old jeans and boots, thrifted scarf, vintage backpack, Camaieu sweater (sold out).

Photos by Bartek and me.


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8 comments

  1. That is way too adorable Klara!!! Love everything about it, from furry fabric and animal hoodie to the spotty lining! You did an awesome job, and what a satisfaction it is to wear a jacket made by yourself. I'm always happy to see your sewing makes, looking forward to the next one!

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    1. Thanks, Vesna! I am really SO happy with this one. I feel like it was a huge step forward in my sewing 'career' and I'm sure you know what I mean :).

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  2. it is adorable! I'm really impressed with your skills, drafting a coat and sewing it with difficult fabric like that, well done!

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    1. Thanks Gemma! It was so much easier than I originally thought! It's good to confront sewing doubts every once in a while :).

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  3. Wow, what a lovely duffle coat. It looks super cozy, well done, Klara! Also, I really like the atmosphere of the photos.

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    1. Thank you! I like the way these photos turned out too.

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