Hello sewing people. and thanks for dropping by. I finally finished it! My Pauline Alice Ninot Jacket and I love it! (Sorry about the miserable grey photos – winter just won’t give up yet here!)
Last year, I didn’t blog much but I was definitely sewing … just not the sort of sewing that’s terribly interesting to show and tell. This year I’m going to get out of the sweatshirt rut and sew some more exciting things.
It wasn’t my goal to have a completely hand-made wardrobe but things are heading that way and it makes me very happy. Moving away from the city two years ago (less access to clothes shops, more space and time to sew) has meant that I’ve been focusing on useful basics. I work from home so I don’t need office appropriate outfits and my social life is far from glamorous so I’ve just been filling my wardrobe with comfy jersey.
Just before the Christmas holidays last year I decided I wanted to get my teeth into a big project. I had a gap in my wardrobe for a fancy winter jacket and really wanted something with a fur (fake of course) collar. I already had the perfect pattern in my stash – the Ninot Jacket (I love Pauline Alice – I want ALL her patterns)
All the fabric and notions came from myfabrics.com who have an amazing range. Their shipping to the UK (I think they’re based in Germany) has got loads quicker than it used to be (for this order it was free as it was over a certain amount.)
For the project I ordered:
2m fulled loden
3 matching buttons (I was so happy that I could get these in the same grey fabric)
1/2 m Whorly Faux Fur
1.3m lining fabric
With the matching thread the order came to £59.17 – so not super cheap but surely cheaper than you could buy most winter jackets for in the shops?
I would say that this pattern is intermediate level. There are some high-end techniques involved such as welt pockets and bound button-holes but the instructions are great and there are some tutorials on the Pauline Alice blog which I found really helpful. I didn’t have any major issues sewing this up, the pattern is very well written and comes together nicely.
For info I am 5’3″ so the length is pretty spot on if you’re on the short side.
I sewed view A which includes the collar but doesn’t have the sleeve tabs. The only change I made was to add fur collar and cuffs. I think the most time-consuming part was hand stitching the lining in place.
The whole project took a few weeks but I did it in small chunks of free time. I’m really happy with the result, it’s cosy and warm and I feel very glam when I’m wearing it.
We are currently being battered by storm ‘Dennis’ so I couldn’t take the photos on my usual ‘posing stone’ outside – these are taken on the inside of the Roundhouse and are a bit rubbish due to it’s a grey coat against a grey wall in the grey British February light (or lack thereof!)