Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

This jacket is not my best work. Just putting that out there at the start. But sometimes you just need to see a project through to the end and I’m glad I finished it. And while I liked the design (thumb cuffs, hood, curvy fit), the combination of fabric, fit, and details just wasn’t working for me.

This is my Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket. I originally bought the pattern because I loved the pleated back version but I realized you need a really good knit to hold those pleats at the hem so for my first try I went with the plain back.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

It’s been so long since I started this project that I’ve forgotten where I sourced my fabric. The main fabric is a green ponte I bought online. It’s pretty thin for a ponte, more like a thick jersey. The hood lining and pockets are  leftover black mesh fabric from these leggings.Greenstyle Creations Sundance JacketI struggled to find zippers and drawstrings for the hood that matched this olive green. Eventually, I went a different direction and bought these hot pink shoelaces. I decided to roll with the pink and topstitched my seams with matching thread.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

Looking back, I don’t think I should have done the topstitching. Trying to sew a straight stitch on a knit made my stitches uneven and the hem wavy. From a distance, the stitching’s not bad but I don’t like the look of it up close.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

The pattern offers two different options for sewing the thumb holes in the cuffs. I went with topstitching, but at this point, I was already so disappointed with the hot pink thread, I stuck with green for this part.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

I could use a sway back adjustment. That’s pretty common for me, though.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

You can see how the hem is a little floppy around the hips.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

The jacket includes zipped side seam pockets. The pocket pieces are curved. The bottom edge gets caught in the hem stitching but as you can see, it’s just a floppy pocket inside. This was a missed opportunity to just extend the pocket and have it attach to that princess seam in the front. No more floppy pocket. If I were to make this pattern again, this would be my first change.  (You can also tell when I started losing interest in this project because that middle seam isn’t finished. Oh, well.)

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

The cuffs are extra long to cover most of your hand, but even then, I think the sleeves are a bit too long for me.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

One other thing that bothers me: the drawstring casing that is sewn in the hood is pretty wide. It’s like an inch while the width of the shoelace is less than half an inch. That means the casing bunches up oddly when you pull the drawstring tight. It looks like little ripples around my head. I’ve smoothed the casing out for these photos.

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

So with all of that summed up, here are some changes I would make next time:

  • Adjust the pockets
  • No topstitching
  • Swayback adjustment
  • Thicker fabric
  • Deeper hem
  • Thinner drawstring casing in the hood
  • Slightly shorter sleeves

I don’t hate this jacket but it’s not something I’m especially proud of. Despite that, I’ve gotten so much use out of it this winter while running!

Greenstyle Creations Sundance Jacket

And lastly, I got this sweet t-shirt for Christmas. Perfect for running and sewing!

  • Maria

    I really like it & think you are being way too critical. It’s wearable & you are getting a lot of use out of it, perceived flaws & all.

    • Aw, thanks 🙂 You’re right, I am getting a lot of use out of it, which makes up for some of the flaws.

  • Donna

    I feel you on just pushing through sometimes and not finishing everything to “perfection”. I just lose interest sometimes and know the project will never be a big favorite, so skip on the time-consuming finishing stuff that only I will see in any case! Let’s face it, even beloved, nearly-perfect projects will one day be worn out and unwearable because of the nature of material. Sometimes it’s just more important to finish something and use it as we can/want.
    AND, this project looks gorgeous to me! And inspires me to try making sporty clothes, something I hadn’t really considered.

    • Thank you! I’m the same way when I lose interest. My work gets sloppier and I just try to power through. I’d rather have a not-perfect finished project than a UFO. And you totally should sew some activewear, especially if you’ve never done it. It’s mostly knits and you get to try out funky prints and new types of fabrics!

  • I like your jacket too! I think it’s lovely – your top stitching and fit are fabulous. What a gorgeous pattern – I just WISH it wasn’t a PDF but there are a few PDF’s I have made an exception to and this is likely to become one of those because I’ve never seen anything like it 🙂

    • Thanks! Yeah, I was drawn to this pattern for the cool style lines and close fit. The design is anything but plain! I’d recommend the pattern, if you’re willing to deal with the hassle of PDFs. 😉 (but def alter those pockets so they stay in place!)

      • Thank you Dixie! To be honest I would probably just leave them out – I never use pockets anyway – they always end up stretching out and looking unsightly. My mother trained me to never use pockets – carry a bag and wear gloves 🙂

  • missceliespants

    I actually like the topstitching. But, I understand when something isn’t quite right for you. And, I think the fit looks really nice. I’ve looked at this jacket pattern a few times and it’s nice to see it made up.