You guys, as I sit here eating Raisinets (hush, they are TOO delicious!) I am congratulating myself on probably my most complex and glorious sew to date: Chalk & Notch’s new Joy Jacket. I conquered a separating zipper (easier than any other I’ve sewn!) and bagging a jacket, not to mention hammering vintage grommets and threading cording through too-small of a channel (my own fault). And the end result is just spectacular, if I do say so.
After checking with Gabriela, I chose a double-sided rayon/poly twill from Style Maker Fabrics, and the peachskin lining was purchased from FabricMartFabrics a while back. It was originally meant to be a blouse, but you know how that goes.
Choosing the main color was difficult, but after much soul-searching I opted for the gray with black accents so they’d best match the zipper, and I even remembered to cut the collar facing the matching coordinating color!
After much grommet debate–silver? black? charcoal?–my husband convinced me that brass was the way so the hardware would match. I agree that it was the right choice and looks rather professional.
The weight of this particular jacket is also excellent for my mostly-warm climate, and you could certainly choose materials to match yours! I would love to make a breezy Tencel version with a hood for rainy weather, but this medium-weight and very soft twill is heavenly for chilly mornings plus a heavy marine layer.
The optional topstitching details also lends such a professional result and I’m so happy I went the extra mile. I’m still adhering to my resolve to add pretty details to my garments and this was a no-brainer. And the lined pockets are another sweet detail, though you can’t see them here.
My favorite feature of the Joy *might* be the secret flamingos on my lining. In fact, now I’m going to use #secretflamingos as a hashtag, just wait. How fun is this unexpected pattern? Be sure to look through the tester photos because the beautiful lining surprise is easily half the fun!
I can’t even begin to explain the confidence I’ve gained sewing this jacket successfully! Now it seems that nothing looms as too complicated or too hard to work through and I see a marvelous year of sewing challenges ahead of me now.
Purchase your own copy of the Joy Jacket pattern available today from Chalk & Notch.