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The Lumber Jackie O Coat

This is my version of the Colette Anise. I call her my Lumber Jackie O. Coat. I started my first muslin at the start of October and after countless trials and struggles I finished her in early December. She's made of cotton flannel on the outside, fully lined with an ivory/ivory polka dot silk twill and hiding between them is a layer of lambswool. The collar, self-covered buttons and welt pockets are micro suede. Cozy and Casual!

Took far longer than this "advanced beginner" thought. 2 Months. Mostly because I was stuck just working on weekends, but I also took my time to try my hand at several new-to-me techniques. I tried bound buttonholes, and individually they look good. As a set, they are not uniform enough to make me happy. Rather than recut the front panel and try again, I stitched perma-buttons over them and used snaps as closures. On a larger scale, my first ever welt pockets turned out perfectly. 

This was my first FBA (a large one of 1.5 inches). You can see where I kept the dart it created. You can also see I had no idea how to apply it to the facing/lining pieces and ended up with a breast curve.

On the back piece is a fine example of plaid matching. There are princess seam panels on the back of this jacket. This was my first time working with plaid. I don't see that happening again. For a very long time. Or ever. The matching and painstaking cutting is really what took the longest with this project. Despite the problems with some parts just not lining up (where the shoulders and sleeves meet) most everything else is right on. Other unseen bits include shoulder pads and sleeve heads ...did I mention plaid matching? OMG.


  1. I love your plaid Anise! It's so unexpected and chic.


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