Another McCalls 5136 Jacket

You know how sometimes you start to make something with one idea and during the creative process it morphs into something completely different? That is the fun part of sewing for me – when you start with the ‘what if?’ ideas in your head and then go with them to see where it takes you. This is what happened during the making of this jacket. I had some material leftover from making the skirt for my re-fashioned dress and decided to see if I could squeeze out a jacket/cardigan albeit with aforementioned moth hole! My intention was to make a plain black jacket and perhaps add some braid to ‘liven’ it up a bit.

As you may know I hate seams and raw edges etc to show on the inside of my garments and the jacket was really light and quite insubstantial so I decided to line it halfway through the sewing process which is when I had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments and decided to use the discarded skirt material from my refashioned dress. I didn’t have enough to do the sleeves but I could live with that. As I was putting in the lining I then saw that if I folded back the jacket front I had a nice contrast which then led me to add some contrasting cuffs in the same material and hey presto before you know it I had a matching jacket for my dress.

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..and the inside


I have only photographed it on my dummy as I couldn’t bear the thought of another ‘modelling’ session – am I the only one who hates having her photo taken?


On another note while I was hand sewing my lining into place I had another thought which was that since doing the Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje through Craftsy I will take any opportunity to hand sew rather than use my machine. I love the control that hand sewing gives you and my favourite stitch of all is fell stitch. I can quite happily sit in my sewing ‘cave’ with Radio 4 on in the background fell stitching my way through the Archers and Gardeners Question Time – I am quite the expert now on the right soil conditions for your azaleas – shame I don’t have a garden to practice in!

6 thoughts on “Another McCalls 5136 Jacket

  1. rivermama April 13, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    I am taking the same class with S. Khalje and like you, I enjoy the freedom of hand sewing. Less stressful and more accurate. Your jacket looks really nice.

    • gillymakes April 15, 2013 / 4:50 pm

      Isn’t that a great class? It completely changed the way I looked at sewing and for the better. I can’t do any quick makes any more!

  2. vintagerockchick April 13, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Wandered over from WeSewRetro – lovely suits, well done (and I like the inside with the red lining too).
    A woman after my own heart, what better way to spend a day pottering with a needle and thread and the Archers. (Except the episodes with Pip, she’s becoming a right obnoxious little ****)

    • gillymakes April 15, 2013 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much. I used to like Pip … but now ….

  3. Gjeometry April 13, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Very nice! I love the lining so much, I would be tempted to wear it inside out! And, yes, sometimes I really don’t want to have my pic taken for the blog. It just seems so permanent, and everybody can see them, so you want to make sure you look a certain way. For my last post, my David Bowie glow in the dark skirt “photo shoot”, (me in my basement, with my mom taking photos, lol), I had to dress up, put on make-up, think up poses, etc. The end result was a lot of fun, but SO much work!

  4. gillymakes April 15, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    I agree but when I read other blogs I like to see people actually wearing the outfit. I loved your homage to David Bowie – there is a David Bowie exhibition on at the V&A which is a total sell out. The good thing about blogging is that it does encourage you to actually finish something. I have far less in the UFO pile since I started blogging probably because I am a bit more focused and less likely to be distracted by another idea!

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