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sydney jacket in bergen

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Fabric: About 1.3 meters of boiled woven wool, 1.5 meters wide. I was gifted the fabric some years ago by a sweet fellow sewist, and I’m so glad to finally have found the right project for this dusty colored wool.
Pattern: Sydney jacket, from Tessuti fabrics.
Techniques: topstitching.

sydney_jacket-1Feeling just a *bit* awkward posing with my tripod, on the street in my neighbourhood this past extremely windy Sunday afternoon. Yep, just me and the brunch crowd hanging around!

Oh, man – I love this jacket. It’s maybe not the most year-round kind of jacket, but damn, I feel stylish in this! I’m not quite sure what to say that hasn’t already been mentioned by the many, many bloggers who have made this jacket already since the release last year. I will try. I mean, words usually have to be dragged out of me, so I hope you all are aware of what sort of sacrifice this is for me. (I kid. I have so many words inside me. Just in general I mean.)

sydney_jacket-2I was too impatient to steam the jacket before wearing it out!

The construction is, as noted many places, a little different, but in a fun way. The seams are all overlapped and topstitched down. I ended up doing double rows of stitches just to make the seams more secure, plus I think it looks nice. Starting a Saturday morning in a mad dash of inspiration, I was not about to leave the house to buy me some fabric-matching thread, so I made do with what I had. I chose a warm sable kind of color, which I think went well with the dusty rosy mauve of the wool. It certainly does not match, but it’s not exactly a contrast color either – it just gives a bit of dimension!

This was not a difficult jacket to make. I spent three leisurely hours (including some unpicking and a snack break) one morning after realizing this fabric in my stash was a perfect fit for the pattern I assembled and cut the previous night. I was on my way to pull out a thicker grey felted wool when this softer boiled wool just sang out for my attention. What could I do but obey? Based on other bloggers notes about the roominess I decided to cut the petite size, with the added 1 cm length of the size small. I’m happy with the ease I have in the finished jacket – I certainly wouldn’t want it any larger (I’m 5’4″/164 cm for reference). I have to say… as soon as I put it on I knew that grey felted wool is coming out after all. I want another one! So cozy and warm! I mean, it won’t really hold up to cold days or superwindy days, but I most definitely felt the added warmth of wearing this jacket!

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I can’t get over how pulled together, slightly artistic and cool I felt wearing this. I’m not even sure I know what I think this word means, but I felt chic damnit. There. I said it. Now – go make yourself one of these. I’ll be back soon with some knits I’ve finished, in my favorite color ever. Oh, the suspense! 😉

  • Melody Srygley

    Beautiful… and I so love boiled wool!

    • Thank you Melody! Boiled wool is so lovely… This has a fairly clear herringbone weave structure on what I think is the right side, but I thought the wrong and fuzzier side suited this jacket really nicely. Wool for the win!

  • I love it. And now I want one!!!

    • Do it Gillian…. do it! The practicality level can be debated – or, is very climate-dependent, but all I want now is a reasonably dry day and a coffee date in town so I can show off! 😉 P.S. I have not forgotten my jumpsuit dare, it’s just, you know… new teacher life. And I want to take my time and make good choices with the pattern and the fabric!

  • Tanya Wersinger

    Very graceful, you’ve got a right to feel chic. It really is!

    • Thank you Tanya! It is sort of magical to put on those pieces of clothing that feels so “right” – and even better when you’ve made them yourself I think!

  • SpinningAnna

    beautiful! I also love how you describe the process of making it, both the techniques and the pleasure of it. Inspirational!

    • Anna, thank you! That’s actually what I really enjoy reading about from other bloggers – I hadn’t thought very clearly about it, but I guess that is what I do too. :)