Monday, September 26, 2016

Evergreen Jacket



Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric


A moto jacket has been on my list for quite some time and this fall I finally got around to making one.  This one is Indiesew's Evergreen Jacket and it is an incredible pattern.


This pattern is designed for a knit, particularly interlock, french terry or sweatshirt fleece.  I went with the sweatshirt fleece, which I found at fabric.com along with the zippers.  

Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric

One thing to note, you do need some stretch with this pattern (at least 10% recommended), especially for the cuffs and waistband.  My sweatshirt fleece had virtually not stretch, so I made the cuffs a bit bigger.  I would have never been able to get them over my hands as per the pattern.  The pattern does include great fitting notes for different stretch fabrics.  These fitting notes help tremendously to select the correct size and after reading the notes, I went with a size large.  I did add one inch to the body of the jacket and the sleeves.  

I did do a bit more interfacing on the jacket, I added a strip of interfacing to any pattern piece that would be sewn to the front zipper.  I wanted to add some stability to the fabric.
Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric and zippered pockets


The instructions for this pattern are excellent and the diagrams are very helpful.  I found it so easy to make the zippered pockets and the front zipper thanks to Hey June's  instructions.  I did take extra time to mark the front zipper pockets accurately and make sure both sides were at the same placement and equal size.

Here is the jacket opened, which I like but not near as much as I like the jacket closed.  
Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric


I do want to note, the jacket will zip all the way up and it fits across my bust but.... I went to zip this one up at the location for photos and it got caught a bit of fabric on the backside of the zipper!  I could not get the zipper to budge up or down.  So I just took photos with the zipper a bit lower than I would normally wear.
Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric

Here is the back with the yoke
Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric - back view

More photos of the zippers and if you can't find the right color for the fabric go with a contrast.  I went with the black and that was easy to find the right size for the pockets and the front

Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric and zippered pockets

Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric and zippered pockets


Some other things that I did with my thicker sweatshirt fleece.  This one had quite a bit of polyester, so I had to use a press cloth at all times.  I graded my seam allowances around the zipper front and used a rubber mallet to pound the seams flatter.  
Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric

Indiesew pattern called Evergreen Jacket, a moto jacket made with a knit fabric

I am happy to  say, Meredith was able to get my zipper unstuck and I was able to get out of my jacket.  Hurray, it was 85 at the time of the photo shoot but fall has officially arrived this evening, it is cool and going to be only 70's tomorrow.

Hey June Evergreen Jacket available at Indiesew


Happy fall!


 Disclosure - I was provided the pattern as a part of the Indiesew blogger team  but the opinions are all mine. 

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31 comments:

  1. I really like this! I hadn't heard of this pattern - will go check it out!

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    1. Thanks, Gail, it was so fun to make.

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  2. You are so brave to do this is sweatshirt fabric! and it looks great. What an interesting and fun color you chose! Thks for sharing.

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    1. It was really quite stable for the fabric. Thanks so much, I love the color, something different and I knew finding zippers might be hard so I went with something that I could use black zippers.

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  3. love that burgundy color on you - what a great result.

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  4. Awesome jacket,Lori!

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  5. Love the Texas Aggie maroon of your jacket! I can't imagine tackling something like this but your finished jacket looks amazing. I'm sure at least half of your daughters will "need" one!

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    1. Thanks, one daughter has asked for one already!

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  6. What a great jacket!

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  7. Lori I'm in l with your biker jacket and it's color. I've had the Evergreen pattern since early this year, just waiting for the right fabric.

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    1. You need to make it, Faye, you will love it.

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  8. Lori I'm in l with your biker jacket and it's color. I've had the Evergreen pattern since early this year, just waiting for the right fabric.

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  9. The jacket is gorgeous! Love the colour.

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  10. Fabulous jacket !!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sheila

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  11. Fabulous jacket !!!

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  12. I've had my eye on this one for the past couple of cold seasons but for some reason I've never made it. I chose another bomber pattern two winters ago and it didn't turn out well. You've inspired me to make this one! Yours is great.

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    1. Thanks so much, you will like making this jacket.

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  13. Lori! Your jacket is great, I love the color! Perfect for fall.

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  14. I love yours! My pattern for this jacket is taped and ready to go. Maybe this will be inspiration to get mine done!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. It is fun to make, great instructions and great results. Have fun making yours.

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  15. Love your jacket! The zippers really pop. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks, Jen, the zippers do add so much.

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  16. Well done. This is a great style on you. Good work with the seams; I know it's not easy to tailor polyester sweatshirting because it doesn't hold a press like cotton or wool, but everything looks nice and crisp while still having the soft comfort of the fabric. I'm sure this is a great jacket to wear!

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  17. Well done. This is a great style on you. Good work with the seams; I know it's not easy to tailor polyester sweatshirting because it doesn't hold a press like cotton or wool, but everything looks nice and crisp while still having the soft comfort of the fabric. I'm sure this is a great jacket to wear!

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  18. Such a great jacket! It looks awesome on you!

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