I had to dust off the old blogging here to bring you the Joy Jacket Pattern from Chalk and Notch that just released today – it is such a good one and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
The Joy Jacket pattern is your new spring jacket must have. It’s fully lined, relaxed fit and designed to be a mid-weight jacket. It features a center front exposed zipper and optional drawstrings at the hood and hem.
Ever since Gabriela teased this pattern on her Instagram I have been dying for it so I was so excited to see it was ready for testing!
Over the course of the test, I made both views – View A has a wide collar and View B features a hood. There are interchangeable pockets – either a square or angled pocket.
Chalk and Notch patterns are usually named after hairstyles (who knew?! Not me – my mind was BLOWN when Gabriela told us that during the test). This jacket is different though. This jacket is named after Emily’s (from @enjoyful_makes) mom. Gabriela drafted a pattern based on a jacket that Emily’s mom used to wear all the time. That made this test so much more special – I loved every minute of it. I met Emily when I was in Utah in November and I was so excited to be making a jacket that meant so much to her.
So I think my favorite type of sewing is jacket sewing. I know, I know, they take a long time and are kinda complicated but hear me out – you can wear them every single day and no one is like why are you wearing the same jacket that you wore yesterday? I feel like I get the most wear out of my “me made” jackets, so I’m always open to making another one.
I started the test by making View B. I used a nylon coating from Style Maker Fabrics and a rayon from Style Maker Fabrics for the lining. I don’t know what happened when I was making my first version, but I made a major error with the hood. I still wear it, but I am still kicking myself that I made that mistake – the jacket isn’t quite totally functional as intended, but it’s still a wearable jacket.
After making that mistake, I couldn’t stop thinking about making another one. I made this one out of some Rayon Twill that Allie from Indie Sew sent me in December and a crepe poly fabric from Indie Sew that I bought when the Fall/Winter collection was released. The rayon till was more in line with the “recommended” fabrics for the jacket. The jacket calls for a drapey woven similar to tencel.
I have LOVED seeing everyone’s jackets come together as part of the test – haven’t seen them for yourself? Take a look at #JoyJacketPattern on Instagram! Gabriela’s patterns are so well done and her designs are so beautiful.
I have a couple more planned (I have fabric for at least two more!). I think I’d like to try adding a drawstring at the waist (similar to the Kelly Anorak)!
I loved every minute of participating in the test sew – these women who tested the jacket are amazing and so talented. I’ve had a really busy last month and a half (don’t you hate when life gets the best of you?) but seeing these women sewing up amazing things and being so supportive of one another has been such a joy [no pun intended!]. Thanks to Gabriela and the Chalk and Notch team for letting me be a part of it.
A couple of us from the test met up to take some photos!
Also, you might want to check back on my Instagram on Wednesday to see a fun giveaway so you can win a copy of the pattern for yourself!
Have a great Monday!