Chantelle's Stacker Jacket in Ruby Star Chore Cotton Fabric
The Stacker jacket has a cropped boxy silhouette that pairs so well with lots of different garments. It has oversized patch pockets to carry all your essentials including a full-sized bag of sweets, much to my children's delight. This pattern is not a quick sewing project but it is worth every ounce of effort and time put in. Cutting out all the pieces (my least favourite part) was time-consuming especially as I meticulously planned the direction of the stripes. I loved using the fabric in different directions, to end up with a unique garment.
There is a plethora of classic jacket sewing patterns out there, but very few include a lining, which is what drew me to this pattern in the first place. Alternatively, you could use a bias binding on all the internal seams, for a tidy finish. Once I had interfaced the relevant pattern pieces, I constructed the pockets, which was straightforward. I decided to quilt the front and back yokes. I accomplished this by adding a natural fibre batting to the reverse, then sewing equal parallel lines throughout. I added the batting up to the fold-line markings only, to reduce bulk. I found a walking foot with a quilting arm to be invaluable for this purpose. The quilting arm is a handy little guide to keeping your stitching lines parallel.
The instructions and diagrams were very easy to follow. I sized up to be able to wear snugly jumpers underneath the jacket. The pattern would be excellent for a confident beginner to delve into jacket-making for the first time. Equally, more experienced sewists will enjoy the challenge too.
One of my favourite features about the Stacker is the front facing. It is part of the front yoke and jacket pieces. The mitred corners in the hem also make my heart sing and make the inside look so professional.
Everything else came together like clockwork. The Stacker is an incredibly satisfying make which succeeds in giving you a huge sense of pride when you have completed every step. This is the perfect addition to any handmade wardrobe.