Friday, 7 March 2014

Kwik Sew 3764 - Mint. Green. Biker. Jacket.

Do I really need to say any more, or should I just leave it to the photos?
 
 
 Just kidding, of course you weren't gonna get a wordless post! Let me tell you how this came about.  We got this beautiful Mint Green wool in work a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it.  I knew I had to have it and made something amazing from it.  My initial thoughts had been to make Republique du Chiffon's Gerard Coat (as I made a successful, yet to be blogged, tartan version) but then I saw this Gant advert.
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My mind was made, I was making a biker jacket.  Now I've got a bit of a biker obsession.  A couple years ago I got a wool/leatherette DKNY one for a bargain in Canada, then I bought another one (this time tweed and leatherette) and then for my birthday last year my parents bought me a biker coat which I adore.  So clearly I needed a spring/summer one!
 
I got to work on finding a pattern, and let's be honest biker jacket patterns are few and far between, but I found Kwik Sew 3764 and promptly bought it.  This pattern and my 2m of wool and I was good to go!
 
If you read my last post, you'll know how I feel about it.  Start to finish it probably took me about 10 hours to complete, which ain't too bad.  But I am incredibly proud of this make and have been loving wearing it and having people ask where I bought it!  I think the main reason why no-one believes me that I made it, is because I put so much effort into the top-stitching.  Every seam is top-stitched down as well as round the collar.
 
 
 
I got a bit snap happy with this project too, hammering my snaps in at like 10pm when I was on a roll!  I was totally surprised by how straight forward these were to do!  I even went as far to make the ones on the epaulettes functional (although I don't know what epaulettes do! ha)
 
As for lining, I used a floral printed cotton, also from work.  I always say that the insides of your garment should be as interesting as the outside, and I definitely done that here.  I made the welt, zip pockets in the same fabric and I love that the touch of colour peeks when the pocket is open.
 
I really do love this jacket.  It's comfy, cosy and pretty on trend for Spring/Summer 2014.  I've already had requests from friends to go into production of these, maybe with enough encouragement, I just might! 


The Facts
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3764
Size Cut: XL
Fabric: 2m wool from Mandors and 1.5m cotton for lining, also from Mandors
Notions: 3x metal zips, snap fasteners and thread
Alterations: Took in side seams from wrist to waist approximately 1.5" on each side.  Used outer pieces to cut lining to fully line jacket.
Notes: Next time go easier on the snaps and consider putting the zips in the sleeves (if I make it again!)
Wearability: 10/10


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30 comments:

  1. Gah!!!! THIS is a fantastic make Hazel!! What a great pairing - pretty mint with tough biker!
    INSPIRED !! Love everything about it!
    ...I have a coat with working epaulets, and they're great for keeping my shoulder bags on the top of my shoulder instead of them slipping off throughout the day!

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    1. Thanks Nessa! And I assumed that's what they were for these days, but I'm sure they started out on menswear? I'll need to do some research!

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  2. Wow! This is amazing! So lovely and very professional looking! No wonder your friends are putting their orders in!

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  3. Its beautiful Hazel! I love the mint colour,

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  4. I thought epaulettes went on military wear and they were for hooking all of the insignia and rope things on. Might be wrong. I love this jacket! I have to make one. I hope you don't mind copy cats.

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    1. Thanks Kate, I thought they were military! And I don't mind at all, unless you choose the EXACT same fabrics! ha remember to link me to yours if you do make it :)

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  5. Love love love. You've inspired me to make one (copying being the best form of flattery!) in red tweed with black/white polka d'it lining! But I've never worked with wool or made a jacket. Do you pre treat it at all? How easy were the welt pockets? Oh and epaulet are a military thing - the have a tube of fabric for each shoulder with insignia and rank embroidered on it which they can the attach to the jacket or shirt and can be removed for cleaning the garment.

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    1. Thanks Lou, I'm glad I inspired you, that's always such a lovely thing to hear! If you do make one be sure to link me to it! I never pre-treat any of my fabrics (I'm terrible I know, but I've had no problems yet) so I didn't with these, but I know it'll be a dry clean job anyway with wool so unless you're up for dry-cleaning your meterage before working with it I was say just go ahead! The welt pockets were fine, I used the method I'd used for bag lining pockets just on a different project and hand stitched the lining in. Hope that helps? :)

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    2. I was on a self imposed fabric and pattern buying ban.... Now I've ordered the pattern and lining fabric, and have found some wool on ebay. What have you started?!!! This is my 'test' one - navy wool, with white/pink polka dot lining. If all goes well, I might splash out on some Harris tweed for the next one....

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    3. oh no! Sorry for making you break you ban! Let me know how you get on with it! Harris Tweed sounds amazinggggg for your next one :)

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    4. Hazel, its finished!!!! I am so in love!!! I shall wear it *all the time* :-D

      http://nehitd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/friday-im-in-love.html

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  7. To keep with the style of your headline Hazel: This. Is. Amazing!!!

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  8. This is so beautiful, I want it! A biker is definitely on my to-sew list this year, I have a RTW one that I want to copy. Would you recommend the pattern?

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    1. hah thanks Katie! I would totally recommend this pattern! I really do like kwik sew, they are great for basics and every so often you find a gem like this one (I also just seen a jersey dress I quite like). They are printed on thicker paper which is always a good thing and the instructions are clear and concise. Let me know if you make it or if you need any help at all :)

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  9. Wow! This is spectacular! Your professional topstitching and the snaps are just perfect. I never would have thought to make a biker jacket in mint but it is a fantastic choice. You should definitely be proud of it.

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  10. Wow! This is spectacular! Brilliantly well done.

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  11. So original - and immaculate topstitching ! I love everything about it. Love the mint colour - I would never have thought of a pastel colour for a biker jacket but it really works !

    Jan

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  12. Hazel, this is perfection! I love the colour and that top stitching is just amazing. Great choice of lining too.

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  13. Fantastic jacket! It's so professionally finished off with all that topstitching! And if you do go into production, I'm size 8/10 and all the same details as this one please! Thanking you! Christine

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    1. I'll keep that in mind Christine! Thanks :)

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  14. Found this post through Pinterest and I love your jacket! Especially the floral lining! I made the same pattern back in the spring too!

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  15. Oh my gosh....i love everything about this jacket! You did an amazing job!!!! I love the lining fabric!!!

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