Self Drafted Sweatshirt Jacket, or In Other News, I now have Purple Hair

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I made this jacket partially as a contributor challenge on the Sew Weekly (in case you haven’t heard yet, the Sew Weekly has opened up the floodgates and is allowing anyone to contribute a project for each weekly challenge!) but also because from my Closet Catalogue I knew I needed (and wanted) more jackets! So excuse me is much of this post is taken from my Sew Weekly post.

This jacket was originally inspired by a stylish friend’s heather knit jacket but it has since morphed into something else entirely.

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I began with a sketch, started piecing bits together here and there and kind of making it up as I went along. I changed pieces in places in mid sewing – like the angle of the lower pieces on the front. Since I really didn’t know what I was doing I made several mistakes, especially in trying to figure out how to put in those darn pockets. This all resulted in much hand sewing!

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The extra long cuffs along with extra buttons were made out of necessity. See, I had a bunch of this sweatshirt material deep in my stash but I had very few big sections. Luckily I also had a failed dress and a shirt that I had previously made with this fabric so with everything together I had enough to cut out all the necessary pieces.

I didn’t have any piece long enough for a full sleeve so I chopped off the quarter length sleeves from the old shirt and added these  long cuffs.

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The body of the jacket itself has princess seams with sections at the bottom that have pockets hidden into the seam.

Since the knit fabric was so bulky I couldn’t for the life of me get my automatic buttonhole foot to work! It ended up stretching the fabric instead of moving it so I had to use a regular foot and manually make all 8 buttonholes. After all that work I just made the buttons on the pockets decorative. 😉

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And in other news – I have purple hair! I thought that might be something fun to do this year. I probably won’t have it purple for too long so I want to enjoy it while I can.

And in other other news – I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all you readers who have been coming to my blog or following. I don’t always get the chance to respond to every comment but I want you to know I do read them and often I visit your blogs, too, even if I don’t get the chance to regularly share the comment love at your place. Anyone with a blog reader list, even one that is relatively small, knows how fast that reader can explode with posts (I can never seem to catch up!) so know, that even if I don’t comment often I do follow a lot of your blogs and read regularly. And thanks for reading here, too.

  • Love the cuffs and the hidden pockets. Such an adorable jacket. Also love that shade of purple; it fits you.

  • I love your clothes you make.. and your hair is awesome!

  • Looks like a fun wearable jacket – with equally as fun and quirky hair….

  • Great jacket blah blah blah…. AMAZING HAIR!!!!!!! I’m always wanting to dye my hair a crazy colour (it’s so long that I never want to cut it dramatically so dyeing it seems like the only fun change) but the furthest I’ve gone is pink dip dye. I am inspired.

    • Thanks 😉 If I had really long hair I’d try the dip dying.

  • That is a very cool jacket. I’m jealous of your self-drafting skills.

  • I love your new jacket, and I reeeeeeally love the cuffs!

  • You’re a lot braver than me, both with the hair colour and the jacket! Both of them look absolutely amazing though 🙂

  • Great idea about the cuffs, and the buttons are a nice detail!
    Hehe, great hair! It inspired me to finally buy the red and blue wigs I’ve been wanting for ages…

  • Purple hair– so awesome!

    I’ve wanted a sweatshirt jacket for a while now. I love the shape and hidden pockets are incredible neat. Love this!

  • I love the sleeves with the buttons, it is interesting and original.

  • Beautiful jacket! I love the sleeves and would indeed wear it! I like how you describe the creation process, I keep thinking I am the only one who has sewing projects that don’t go as planned, lol.
    Neat purple hair, too!

  • That hair colour is so cool! It goes very well with your haircut. And the jacket – looks comfy and stylish at the same time!

  • The coat is gorgeous and I LOVE your hair that colour.

  • Sick hair–what did you use? It looks like the color mine was last time I Manic Panicked…?

    • I’m not exactly sure, it was just a straight purple from Vivids (although I’m not sure if that’s the full manufacturer name) and not mixed with anything else.

  • Blah blah blah purple hair blah blah…
    I’m going nuts over this jacket! Is there ANY possibility of this being one of your fantastic patterns/tutorials? Pretty pretty please. With sprinkles? I’m thinking it would look wicked cute over your one shouldered knit dress…

  • I really like this. If you decide to make a pattern for this I would totally buy it (serger directions?)! Also I just got a serger, which I dont know how to use, lol. I want to thank you for your posts about using them. Veronica. vrscott921@msn.com