I used the McCartney Jacket pattern. It is the second time I’ve used it (the first was a quilted vest), and so far I like it. It’s a great pattern with great instructions. The alterations I made were to lengthen the body by two inches, lengthen the sleeves by three inches, and add a removable hood.
I really wanted navy tweed fabric for this jacket. I love the texture and variation of tweed. I couldn’t find anything within a reasonable price range, but I didn’t do a whole lot of searching. I did find an upholstery weight navy tweed that I purchased. It felt like boring couch fabric and had a little sheen to it. When I washed a little piece of it, the sheen disappeared and the fabric became more supple. So I just threw all of it in the wash to make it soft and perfect.
I used navy rib knit for the cuffs on the sleeves and hem. I used a double pull coat zipper which I love. It’s great for zipping just in the middle so my growing belly can poke out. I drafted the hood pattern from my favorite coat that has the perfect hood: big and removable. I also added a fur trim. I was going to buy some fur but found fur trim, like fur piping, at Joann’s in a really pretty gray color. I purchased a yard, and it was almost the exact length I needed for the hood. Learn how to sew piping.
I used a striped slippery fabric for the lining that I thrifted. Whenever I thrift fabric I like to do a fabric burn test to figure it out. I also have some tips for sewing and saving money! In all I really love this jacket. I love the color, the striped lining, the hood, and the pockets. I do go back and forth between wishing I had added batting in between the layers for more warmth, but it’s still great how it is.
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.