Blue jacket 2.0

I’m back!! I feel like I’ve been away from the blog for ages (sob sob).

Today I’m sharing the story of a little blue jacket. This bad boy:


I bought it from Next a few years ago. It has some awesome details like cool pockets and great top-stitching.

But if you wear a jacket for several years, stubbonly refusing to get a new one, it’s going to end up bobbly, full of holes and missing buttons. Ack!

Then… (plot twist alert!) during early February another Amy remade her favourite blue coat and I wonΒ Sonja’s Anise giveaway, so I started to hatch a plan.

Ahem, I promptly sat on my butt and did nothing with that plan for months and carried on wearing my broken jacket – what a hobo.

But now I present to you blue jacket 2.0!!


I found this awesome blue coating at The Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham which is a near perfect colour match. It may have been a little bulky for the Anise but think I get away with it.

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I used fusible interlining for warmth and a mixed blue satin lining, which reminds me of looking through a window on a rainy day (I’m so poetic).


I used prym metal self cover buttons and nearly broke my thumb by not buying the assembly gadget. You’ll notice no bound buttonholes. I swear I practiced them… here’s the proof!

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But in the end I felt like I didn’t need the extra hassle/bulkiness. I’m glad I learnt the technique though!

I think I like the quality of my welt pockets but I’m a bit iffy on my collar execution. It was soooo fiddly to sew together and turn out. The curves of the collar look a bit lumpy to me. Hmmmmm…

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Because I’ve seen it on many rtw jackets,Β I added internal buttons to minimise stress on my exterior buttons and to stop the left side slipping.

One totally obvious thing I didn’t add was a hanging loop. Why isn’t this in the instructions!?! I’m really gutted about this as it won’t hang up now. Booooo.

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So there you go! My jacket is done and I can get back to some less stressful sewing!

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  1. This is really lovely and looks totally professionally made, hoorah! I sewed a chain hanging loop onto a jacket I made, which is actually better for holding the weight of the coat. Enjoy wearing it, x

  2. Gorgeous! Well done for getting through it. your bound buttonholes look fab even if if you didn’t do them on on the final version! And your collar looks perfect perfect to me! You made a jacket!

    1. Heehee thank you! Yours was a great inspiration to me. I might use bound buttonholes on future coats so best to learn how.

    1. Getting pretty nippy out there sadly. Might have to upgrade to my big big coat sooner than I thought but will use my jacket for nights out if it comes to it

  3. Oh, it is GORGEOUS! I love the colour and the collar looks wonderful. Well done for sticking it out it was very definitely worth it. I hope you wear it to the point of disintegration like you did the inspiration jacket.

  4. This, my friend, is gorgeous! You should be SO proud of yourself and please stop picking holes in it…because it’s perfect! Well bloody done…make something super easy next to celebrate ;p

  5. It’s beautiful! You got a brilliant colour match for your Blue Coat #1. I hope you have many happy years of wear with Blue Coat #2.

  6. What a beautiful, beautiful job! Collars are tricky, and curvy ones even more so, yours looks great! The fabric looks amazing as well, I bet it’s super warm!

  7. This is gorgeous, and so impressive! The colour really suits you too. I’d love to be able to make my own coat one year. I’m the same as you in that the one I have I love and have been wearing for years, I’m hoping it will last this winter then maybe I can sew a replacement for next year!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad I did it as I get my jacket for longer but not sure I’ve caught the jacket making bug πŸ™‚

    2. Ps. You can totally make a jacket, I think they’re only intermediate/advanced as they require a massive amount of patience and have lots of steps, rather than being difficult to sew

  8. Well done! It’s come out beautifully. The covered buttons are such a nice touch and I like the length – is it shorter than the original or is it just my eyes? And that blue is great on you.

    1. Thank you! Sadly yes it is shorter. I lengthened by 7cm but it wasn’t enough! My bum is a little colder than it used to be! :-p

    1. Thank you! Yeah I’d give yourself plenty of time and plan for next year. I was racing against the weather towards the end brrrr!

  9. It’s gorgeous, and such a great replacement for the royal blue coat that was!!! I had the exact problem with a favourite trench coat of mine last winter… and am now happily wearing to death the replacement I made for it. I hope your new coat experiences (suffers?) the same fate! Yay for fabulous new coats πŸ™‚

    1. Yay for us! It’s really freeing to know that even if you wear something to death you can always get it back. High five!

  10. Superb jacket, beautiful execution- thank you for sharing! Only person who would dream of criticising the collar is yourself!.
    And no, they never include that hanging loop in the instructions, very annoying- but I suspect they expect you to use a coat hanger, because, you wouldn’t just stick it on a peg, now would you? ( yes..)

  11. Great jacket. I sometimes work in Birmingham and had ignored the Silk shop thinking it was all silk! Of course the rag market is my main aim when Brum. I live near Warwick are there any sewing groups near me. Having a pile of material left from making clothes and it would be great to swaps etc. R

    1. Thanks for commenting! The silk store is pretty much all silk upstairs but downstairs is full of other treats. I definitely recommend it. Have you tried Barry’s also? Big warehouse of fabric deliciousness 5 mins walk from the rag market. I’m not 100% sure about sewing groups in Warwick but you should get in touch with Roisin who lives in Leamington Spa for a better idea. She blogs here Would be great to meet you at a future meet up!

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