Course Level – Advanced
Even though there are some advanced techniques in this sew-along, it is not necessary to be an advanced level sewer to complete this course. Because the class is advanced however, there are some things that the instructor skips or glosses over. So, if like me, you are not advanced, there are a few little pitfalls that can be avoided.
See my ALERTS for things that I believe will be helpful.
At this point, you either own the class or you are still deciding whether or not to purchase.
ALERT. When you purchase the class, you will be asked to choose your pattern size. The pattern comes with the class and will be mailed to you.
Pattern – Vogue 7975
If you have decided to purchase the class, the first decision you must make is the size of the pattern you will be using because the pattern comes with the class.
There are three pattern options: Sizes 6-8-10, Sizes 12-14-16, and Sizes 18-20-22. Since this is an Advanced level class, there is no additional information on how to choose your size.
If you are struggling between buying the size 10 or 12 or the size 16 or 18 for example (a choice you will have to make), then you might find a bit of help here. Look for the size chart (it’s in the pattern selection area). This link is simply for information only as I said, you will receive the pattern in the mail when you purchase the class through Craftsy.
If you have not yet purchased the class, you can click here to go to Craftsy.
The first part of the Craftsy course is the instructor’s Introduction to herself and a brief overview of the jacket we will be making.
In this class we will be making View B or C. There is no collar or buttons and the pockets are optional. The sleeve in this pattern is a two-piece simple sleeve. So overall, the pattern is fairly easy.
It should be noted that the pattern will be used solely for its pieces. The class follows the instructor’s directions – which brings me to the materials you will need for this course.
All Craftsy classes come with a set of PDF downloadable materials.
I recommend downloading and reading these as soon as you can. They cover fabric and notions requirements and include links to a few fabric suppliers.
ALERT: If you look through the class lesson plan, you will see that Materials (in this case referring to actual fabric and not the PDF materials list) are covered in Lesson 3.
If you are like me, you will run right out and buy your fabric or order it before you do anything else – including reading the materials or looking through the lesson plan. And there’s probably nothing I can do to stop you. So if this is what you are going to do, know that. . .
The PDF materials give you a guide for the amount of fabric you will need to purchase depending on whether or not your fabric has a pattern to be matched.
ALERT: You will need MORE material than what is on the pattern packet if you purchase a fabric that will require pattern matching. So read those materials first.
ALERT: If you’re willing to wait, I will be discussing some of those pitfalls I mentioned regarding fabric choice in a later post. Since I have made two prior jackets, I have several tips I think may be of help that I will share that may save you a bit of heartache.
Because Ms. Knight, the instructor, is from the UK, all of the resources listed in her materials are from there too. I’ve included a few links to US fabric resources below and resources in Colorado (where I live).
The balance of the PDF materials outline the steps the class will go through to assemble the jacket.
If you need some ideas or inspiration, I started a Pinterest Board loaded with ideas for the jacket. Feel free to peruse it at your leisure. It may help you with fabric choice and trim ideas.
ALERT: Pinterest will inspire you to do crazy and unpredictable things.
You can click the picture of the Craftsy Class below if you wish to preview or buy. Please note that I am a Craftsy Affiliate which means that if you click that link you will go to Craftsy. If, while you are there, you decide to purchase the class, I will receive an itty bitty bit of dinero. And if you do purchase through my link – Thank you very much!
Should you be so inclined to read more on the topic, here are links to several great blogs with posts dedicated to the creation of this type of jacket:
Craftsy Sewing Blog: Just Like Coco: Sewing a Classic Jacket
Thewallinna: Little French Jacket Sew-Along
and A Challenging Sew (two blogs dedicated to the same sew-along)
Emma One Sock: Tweed & Bouclé: The Classic Cardigan Jacket
Seamstress Poppy Kettle: Poppy Kettle – A French Jacket
Burda Style: A Classic French Jacket: 70 Hours to the Dream
Many fabric retailers will send samples. I strongly encourage this as it is a great way to be certain you are getting the color and weight you want for your jacket. When you search, look at wools, bouclés and tweeds.
Elefriede’s Fine Fabrics (Boulder, Colorado)
Colorado Fabrics (Denver, Colorado)
On the subject of trims. I personally feel it is difficult to purchase a trim on-line. My recommendation is to get your fabric and then go to one of your local fabric stores with a large piece of the fabric (rather than a tiny swatch), or your finished jacket. That way you can really get a feel for the true effect of the trim against the fabric.
Upcoming Post – Lesson 2 – Fitting
In my next post, I’ll be discussing Lesson 2 – Fitting. This includes taking your measurements, marking/making a toile, checking the fit, and making and marking the pattern.
In order to prepare for lesson 2, you can go through your fabric stash and see if you have enough of an inexpensive fabric to make your toile. If you do not, consider purchasing something inexpensive at your local chain store.
Unbleached muslin is readily available and is a very good choice for this project. Even though your jacket will likely be made using a loosely woven bouclé, it will be quilted. This means that your lined jacket will not have any stretch to it like you would see in a knit cardigan, for example. Therefore a inexpensive cotton or muslin will work well for your toile.
I look forward to seeing you for Lesson 2.
Thanks for reading. V