Finished Object: Stephen’s Jacket

Have you been properly introduced?  This is my husband, Stephen and he’s a field ecologist.  (The fact we have the same names put me off dating him for a while at first, but his charm won me over in the end…)  I finished this jacket for my husband several months ago and never blogged it.  He saw my De-militarized Jacket and wanted one for himself.  I was happy with how mine turned out, my most pleasant jacket-sewing experience to date so I agreed.

I had to re-draft most of the pattern to fit his body but I did use the same design features: pocket pieces, epaulettes, peplum, back yoke and “action pleats.”  It was fun to adapt the garment for him.

Not as fond of whimsical linings as I, he vetoed the camo satin lining I originally wanted to use, but I managed to sneak it in anyway for the lining piping and pocket linings.  I used K. King’s invisible pocket lining.  It’s such a cool feature to put into a garment, I plan to use it whenever possible in the future.

However, after all was stitched and pressed and photographed, I noticed one of the breast pockets sits higher than the other.  I obsessed about balancing them, pinning the second pocket while he was wearing the jacket.   He’s a stickler for balancing pockets and often helps me balance them on other projects.  This time, after we decided they were finally balanced, he took off the jacket and I “double checked” by folding it in half and seeing if the pockets matched up.  They didn’t.  So I re-pinned (again!) and stitched without checking.  Then I put in the lining and finished it.

I kept telling myself this winter I’d fix them, but the difference is not noticeable in person.  It’s a mystery.  At any rate, the jacket kept him warm and stylin’ all winter.  If I make this again, I must remember to make the bellows pockets less angled near the side seams.

We went out several times in our “matching” blue and green jackets.  Since we style ourselves so differently, I think we avoided matchy-matchy couple dressing.  He often wears jeans and graphic t-shirts.  I’m more a blouse, skirt and kitten heels girl, even in casual situations.

This is the other view from the ever-so-adaptable Advance 2960 which spawned the two jackets above.  It’s nearly finished, I’ll be sure to post it soon!

I’m sorry for not updating more frequently lately.  Work is quite heavy at the moment, and he’s working to FINALLY finish his dissertation.  I’m so proud of him!   The downside is we’re both so busy it’s hard to find time for– well, anything.

That should change soon.  He’s handing in his paper and I handed in my 2 weeks notice at work.  I’m really excited about what the next few months will hold, and I can’t wait to share my plans with you all.  Soon!  Very soon!

In the meantime, I’m still around and reading everything even if all I have time for is blog-skulking over my morning coffee.


  1. Two weeks notice? Whaaaaa? Noooooooooo! :-) I'm sure you have some very exciting plans up your well-tailored sleeve but Sewco won't be the same without you! The jacket looks amazing, BTW. :-)

  2. Melissa- I may keep teaching for a while, I feel a great deal of responsibility to my students and I dearly love my co workers. Helping people grow and develop as sewists is absolutely far and away my favorite part of my job, and the most rewarding part. Mrs Dibble- Yes, I do love the term! It makes me giggle, and he's an "action pleat" kind of guy. When I was pregnant, he went on a research trip to Danum Valley, way in the middle of nowhere in Borneo. Lately, he's been out in the middle of nowhere up North, kayaking and boating up rivers with his project leader to look at previously unknown aquatic ecosystems and came back with very interesting observations. So proud to be his wife, I can't help but gush a little. :)

  3. Lovely job on the jacket Steph! Very sad to hear you have put in your two weeks notice though. I have really enjoyed being one of your 'customers' and having you as a teacher!

  4. nooo!! Sewco will not be the same without you! we need to (well, I need to) keep going with wardrobe club!! pls let us know how/where you are going to continue teaching :-)

  5. Well, I'm making sure I leave my work in good order so the next person can easily pick up where I left off. That should take the next two weeks. I'll have something to show you by the end of this week (fingers crossed!). :)

  6. excited for whatever it is you have in the works, and love a little gushing-about-husbands, sometimes they're quite okay aren't they, especially if yours actually wears garments you sew him, hehee :)

  7. You know it may seem strange to date a person with a similar name to you, but I once read a study that showed people were more likely to marry a person with the same name (or name starting with the same letter). Strange huh? Your husband is a lucky guy getting such a cool custom made jacket!

  8. This looks great! And I would never have noticed the pockets issue (even looking, I can barely tell it's there), so I wouldn't sweat it.I am fully expecting to drop off the face of the planet under thesis-pressure fairly soon. Good luck to your hubby getting his all done! :)

  9. Wonderful! Oh, Steph, I would love to go "matchy matchy," my husband always … and that is a wonderful jacket, with many details that expose your skills and good taste. Your husband must be very proud!

  10. That jacket is AWESOME.I have a list of clothes to make and am even building up a lovely stash of fabric, I am just too scared to start though.I think it is quite daunting to actually make and wear your own clothes.By the way your de-militarised jacket link doesn't work I get a 404 error :( shame as I would loved to have seen it.Cxxx

  11. Thank you everyone for your encouragement. It means so much to me. :)Caroline! I fixed the link, my bad. I get that scared feeling sometimes too (though more often it's the dead tired feeling) and the way I deal with it is to pick off the low-hanging fruit. Do some of the easier stuff, work up to more involved projects.

  12. A super cool jacket – his n hers cord jackets – you have got to love it. Sounds like exciting changes are a foot for you both – hope the transitions go well.Has anyone above mentioned using steam a seam to place pockets ? It's a tip from Palmer/Pletsch's jacket making book. I can't explain how to do it – I just tried and I sound just like Burda! You'll be scratching you head so I hope your library has the book – with pictures, way easier!

  13. What an great jacket. In the pictures, the pocket issue is not noticable, but I can certainly appreciate that lined up pockets make or break this jacket. The tabs, the insert of the sleeves. it all looks flawless.

  14. I love this jacket… really great on him. My husband begs me for something pockety like this. I've been blog-skulking too (and over coffee, exactly, at this moment).

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