I don’t have so many jackets in my wardrobe but the few that I have are worn over and over especially to work. What’s nice about jackets is that it gives you a lot of variety in terms of outfits…you can pair it with jeans for a sportier look or with more official looking pants if you want to look more “serious”.
I have this summer jacket made of linen which I love because of its shape and how it sits on me. I also love that it is made of linen. However, its season is pretty short because of the short sleeves. I wanted to make a jacket that has the same shape in terms of styling but had longer sleeves.
I am personally quite fond of linen. Some people prefer not to use it because of the wrinkles. Actually if wrinkles are a concern for you, I would not go for linen because no matter how frequently you iron it, you will get it wrinkly once you basically move your arm or leg 🙂 However, I think that the wrinkles give it a natural look and a lot of style. I love the fact that the fabric breathes and it is light. It’s almost like you have a breeze inside the jacket 🙂
So I made the new jacket from linen and did not use jacket lining except for the sleeves. I love jackets that have colorful or striped linings inside. For this jacket I used striped lining with soft colors for the sleeves. Also, I wanted to use the sleeves folded so that the lining would be visible. Since I did not use lining for the jacket, I used greyish bias binding tape to give a cleaner look inside the jacket.
Overall, the jacket was complicated in both drafting the pattern and sewing, especially the bias binding tape took a long time, but it was definitely worth it.