What do you call a denim expert? A jeanius! Autumn is finally here, so it’s time to button up on our latest denim jacket series. The pattern was created while teaching two of our clients how to reverse pattern draft their favorite denim jackets.
We made two color variations of this jacket- White and Blue.
Metal Snap Buttons
The most challenging part of constructing this jacket was sewing the buttonholes!
Here is an easy guide to help you sew stubborn buttonholes:
When cutting open a machine sewn buttonhole, start by making a small hole with a rotary blade in the middle of the buttonhole. Now swap to scissors. Use scissors for cutting out from the middle to the edge with the tip of the blade. This will assist in accuracy. Avoid rolling open the buttonhole with a rotary blade and avoid a seam ripper. Take your time!
Sewing Tip- When using top stitching thread (thicker thread), use regular size thread in the bobbin if you are having trouble with tension issues. Keep the upper thread thick though.
Box Pleat Patch Pocket with Flap
One of the most traditional pockets found on a denim jacket- a box pleat pocket with a flap. Did you know if is was 3D, it would be called a safari pocket?!
Stop, Crop, and Roll! Boxy design meant a cropped length would work perfectly. What length do you prefer in a denim jacket?
Denim Sewing Hacks
When working with really thick denim, change your needle to a larger size (16-20) and try to hand wheel over thicker areas to avoid breaking your needles. You are most likely to break a needle going at faster speeds.
If you are having trouble with thread tension due to fabric thickness variations, swap to a walking foot. It will walk over your layers with ease.
This design turned out to be a real beauty. She must have nice jeans...
We are thinking about painting the white jacket. What do you think? Keep it clean or paint it up??!!
Designed, photographed and written by Sheila Wong Studios