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Monday, March 2, 2015

Finally--a moto jacket!

I can't believe it took me so long to make this awesome jacket!  I guess the stars had to align so that inspiration and the right fabric merged!  Which is crazy to think about since I've had this pattern for months and the fabric for at least a month!


I guess cleaning up my sewing room and coming across the two things together made me finally jump on this and wow, I am thrilled with the results!



So this is Kwik Sew 3764 and I love everything about it!  The description from the back of the envelope is this: Unlined jackets have collar and overlapping fronts with zipper closure in left panel seam.  View A has epaulettes, waistband, pockets with zippers, zipper with gusset at bottom edge of sleeves, and snap or button closure on epaulettes and waistband.  View B has hemmed bottom edge. This is designed for medium weight woven fabrics.






I made a modified view A meaning I didn't include the epaulettes, but otherwise it is straight up as the pattern is written.



As other reviewers have mentioned, the directions are VERY well written and VERY well illustrated! Most Kwik Sew patterns are awesome, but this one is exceptional and I truly mean that!


I LOVE this fabric I choose which was made by P&B textiles and is listed as a faux leather.



It is made from Polyurethane, polyester and viscose.  It's hand wash, you then roll the garment in a towel to squeeze out the excess water and let dry.



It was actually fairly easy to work with although a little heavy and I didn't really struggle with it until the two sections of the collar and the facing were sewn together--that's three layers!  But I went slowly, used my walking foot and it all turned out pretty--if I do say so myself!  This fabric has an embossed quality to it.


The directions for the zippered welt pockets and the sleeve zippers and gussets was just brilliant!  If you follow those directions carefully and mark your fabric carefully, sew with precision, you will love your results!  Having said this, this isn't a pattern for beginners.  You need some experience before tackling this.


Another finishing detail that is very nice is how the top portion of the zipper is finished off.  You most likely will have to cut it down and don't be afraid of it!  If you use a metal zipper, there are so many tutorials on how to remove the extra teeth using a pair of needle nose pliers and pull.  If you have a plastic zipper, you sew the fabric piece to the top, wrap it and cut off the excess.  It looks professional, neat and tidy. I like metal snaps and attached one to the waistband using my dritz pliers.They worked great!  No issues at all.


I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment and that's it!  I was a little concerned I might have to make an FBA but it really wasn't necessary with the weight of the fabric and how this fit.


Next time, I will make a deeper swayback adjustment.  I'm 5'7" and the sleeves were perfect!


I am very happy with how this turned out and I hope you'll try this too!


Thanks for reading and I so love your comments!

Sue

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful job on this jacket! How wonderful the instructions were easy to follow. Very inspiring!

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  2. Nice work. That unusual fabric looks lovely. Thanks for the info about the pattern. It sounds like a good one.

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    1. Thanks Jean! I hope you'll try this!

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  3. Wow, Sue, this is really tough, good looking - what great fabric you found! This and the Burda Style Larissa have been on my wish list for a while now. Think I'll go with the Kwik Sew, I love their patterns. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks Coco! I was looking that BurdaStyle pattern as well. In the end, Kwik Sew one for me!

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  4. Beautiful jacket! Kwik Sew instructions are the best!

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    1. Thanks Ann! Yes, those instructions are always awesome!

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  5. You've out done yourself.very nice choices all a round! Just added it to my list.... Long list!

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  6. Great jacket, great workmanship and great looking fabric. It is a winner!!

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  7. Great work! I have this pattern, I'll definitely have to tackle it now!
    Caitlin

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    1. I hope you will tackle it Caitlin! It is fun but gratifying!

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