Monday, 23 September 2019

Hvar Jacket

I have admired this little jacket from Itch to Stitch for a while, thinking that it would make a great tran seasonal addition to my wardrobe. Last week there was a discount on it, so the pattern was subsequently purchased, printed and pieced.

Reading blog posts and viewing #hvarjacket I noticed there were a lot of suede type ones which really appealed to me. so I found a lovely deep rusty coloured butter suede fabric  from Spotlight.

Based on my measurements I made a size 4 and made a muslin from my trusty old sheet to check the fit across my shoulders. The pattern itself is very clear and easy to follow.  Kennis also links to online tutorials for slightly more difficult techniques. I have learned a new skill with Hong Kong seaming, using some lovely Liberty bias binding I had bought a while ago.  Gosh this gives a lovely finish to garments and hides any fraying and loose threads.

The fabric itself was lovely to cut and sew, however it was difficult to pin and press, so I am somewhat disappointed with how the seams  and overall finishing looks.   My fabric choice  has also somewhat hindered fitting in areas, such as inserting the sleeves, and the double layer of fabric in the collar means I lost a lot of the drape too.

It is still a wearable garment and my husband tells me that no one else will notice the imperfections I am aware of.  I like the fit and style on me, and would like to make this again, however I will be a little more cautious with my fabric selection next time.


  1. It's a lovely jacket and really suits you! The fit and finish are great. You still have a lot of drape in the collar, and the seam finish with the Liberty seam binding adds such a nice touch! You did such a nice job!!

  2. It looks very good on you and I love the color. You did a great job! I made mine out of a French terry -- waaay too heavy and it, too, lost the drape. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You did a wonderful job of this Julie! I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to sew with a fabric like you chose! I think you are way too hard on yourself. But we are our own worst critics, aren't we? I know nothing about Hong Kong seaming. You've taught me something I want to find out more about! Great jacket and enjoy wearing it!

  4. Lovely fit on the jacket and I agree with your husband's comment that no one will notice what you feel are imperfections!

  5. You look great in your newly made hvar jacket. The red suits you so well!

  6. Hubby is quite correct... but I also know how frustrating this whole process of sewing clothes is. So many factors that can affect the success. On the whole, if you end up with a wearable item you have to count it as a win, even if it doesn't quite turn out as you expected.


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