Hello, again, from a very frigid Indiana. I am currently writing this post while bundled under a blanket and watching the first snow flurries of the season fall outside. I think I'm getting this Autumn capsule posted just in time!
Today I am going through the two jackets and one cardigan that I made for this little wardrobe. I also call these pieces completer pieces. While the corduroy jacket is definitely an outerwear piece, the other two I find are more layer pieces.
I'm not sure what inspired me to make the corduroy jacket, but I do remember having the burning desire to sew a vintage 70's style corduroy "jean" jacket with a Sherpa lining. Luckily for me, I had both camel corduroy and faux Sherpa in my stash that was gifted to me at a fabric swap a couple of years ago. After some perusing of Pinterest and my pattern stash, I decided to use this Islander Sewing Systems Jacket Express pattern that I received with my Craftsy class "Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets" by Janet Pray. I actually rewatched this class as I was making this jacket to refresh my brain with some of her techniques. I LOVE using her techniques in my sewing. I have found that my sewing efficiency has increased tremendously since employing these techniques (I would also highly recommend all her classes on Craftsy). The only change I made to this pattern, was to line the body and collar in Sherpa. I left the sleeves unlined so I could still have some arm movement in my fluffy coat! This jacket turned out exactly as I envision (I love when that happens!). Unfortunately, we were rather rushed with our photos and I didn't get any pics of either jacket closed so I'm including mannequin photos as well!
My second jacket was one I had been wanting to play around with for a while. I love the look of a cropped moto jacket and, honestly, would really love to make one in leather someday. For now, though, I stuck with some dark teal wool crepe that was also gifted to me. Because I was in an Islander Sewing Systems groove, I used their MotorCity Express jacket and cropped it to end right below my waist. I received this pattern with Janet Pray's Craftsy class "Sew Better, Sew Faster: Smart Construction" class and was amazed how quickly this went together. I used a navy bemberg rayon for the lining and am so pleased with this one as well. It has gotten quite a bit of wear this Fall and goes surprisingly well with all the rest of the wardrobe.
The final completer piece I made was my brown knit cardigan. It's the Cool Cardigans - Drape Front Cardigan by Pamela's Patterns. I bought this pattern at a sewing vendor market a few years ago. I bought it because it greatly resembled a ready-to-wear cardigan I had from Nordstrom's that I literally wore to death. I was not disappointed with the finished result of this cardigan. It was very similar to my loved-to-death RTW cardigan. It's long enough to be worn with leggings, but has enough shaping to give me a waist. I am so happy with this one that I have since made another one for myself in a wine color and 3 for my mom. These won't be the last, either!
That's about all there is to say about my jackets and cardigan. I was very pleased with the outcome of all three and will definitely be wearing them all into the winter!
Next, you will be subjected to numerous pictures of my backside as we talk about the pants I made for this capsule!