Working on a Jacket from Last Fall

Last fall I began working on the McCall’s 5190 (out of print) jacket. I fell in love with this jacket from a local boutique, but the thing retailed at $839. That’s $839!!! So, I decided, “I can make that.”

But somewhere among house hunting, closing, moving, and settling in, I let this project (and others) fall by the wayside. And with all of the proper detailing, I think I bit off a bit more than I could chew; the project was just way over my head (or so I thought).

No lie, my sewing mojo was in hibernation for the past six months. Other interests took over, and I just couldn’t seem to get my desire back. In a perpetual state of planning, I’ve been on a sort of fabric binge in preparation for when my desire to sew returned. I also think a steady diet of Project Runway jump started my creativity again.

Well, I think it has. And this jacket serves as my foray back into the sewing world. As a side note, this post is for my coworker who doesn’t believe I’m back in the sewing game.

ETA: I used faux nubuck leather for the jacket and brocade for the lining. It’s fairly easy to work with. I’m using a 100/16 needle for imitation leather and scrap fabric as a press cloth to press the seams.

Here’s the progress so far. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

I found this new (to me) bound buttonhole technique from Stitch in My Side that I quite like. Bound buttonholes are difficult anyway, but this method cuts out some of the tedious steps for a very neat and polished result.

My goal is to finish this jacket by this weekend. I’ll keep you posted!

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  1. Adrienne, I'm so glad your husband is doing better! When I read he was in the ICU, I was shocked. Hope your family is doing better. And yes, girl, I'm back in the sewing game! Looking forward to your denim version.

  2. I'm so glad you liked the tute — your buttonholes look awesome!! I love, love that jacket. Anything with a fun lining is a-ok in my book


    PS – "Ain't No Way" is one of my top 10 songs EVER. Lady Soul is just one hell of an album altogether. That song and "Be As Good to Me As I am To You" are KILLER.

  3. Althea and Andrea, thanks for the encouragement.

    Angela, I used faux nubuck leather for the jacket and brocade for the lining. It's not hard to work with at all. I use a 100/16 needle for imitation leather. I use scrap fabric as a press cloth to press the seams.

    Jada, for right now my mojo is back. I hope it sticks around!

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