Polka Dot Seamwork 'Audrey' Denim Jacket with Spoonflower Fabrics

11/18/2018

Polka Dot Seamwork 'Audrey' Denim Jacket with Spoonflower Fabrics


Hi pinups, I've been so excited to share this make with you! This is a project I've been wanting to create for such a long time now and I can't quite believe it's finally finished. I've wanted to make a polka dot denim jacket for over a year but never came across a suitable fabric until now. I used the opportunity working with Spoonflower to finally create one of my dream sewing projects!

Here's a peek at the pattern:


The Seamwork 'Audrey' denim jacket seems to be a really popular pattern. Like I always do, I trawl through the Instagram hashtags for inspiration and for any fitting or technical issues to look out for. But luckily the Audrey denim jacket seemed like a pretty solid pattern with lots of people loving it. I thought it would be the perfect classic denim jacket pattern for my polka dot denim dream make.

The Fabric:

I've been searching for a decent black and white polka dot denim fabric for quite some time but never found one I liked enough. I had a sample of Spoonflower's Dogwood denim and it's a great weight for a denim jacket. After a quick search of 'polka dots' on Spoonflower, I settled on one I liked. I knew I wanted a classic black and white colour and I love the random spots instead of uniform spots. It was exactly what I wanted!



When the fabric arrived I was worried the fabric might be a little stiff but after a wash the fabric was perfect and armed with a denim needle on my machine, I was ready to go! My sturdy Janome Atelier 5 sewed this like a dream. I really enjoy topstitching and luckily there's lots on this pattern which I absolutely loved.

I was a bit intimidated by the pattern as I haven't sewn anything too technical recently but the reviews I went through online reassured me it was straight forward. Having sewn my fair share of shirt styles and a couple of coats the pattern was reasonably similar design wise. I made sure to have a good read through of the instructions first, something I'm guilty of not always doing, and made sure to take my time and not rush.


Whilst I found the instructions of the pattern pretty straight forward to follow overall, I still can't get my head around welt pockets! I struggled on this step and didn't find the pattern's instructions too helpful here. It was much clearer when I looked for tutorials online instead, but luckily there's loads out there. My first attempt was a bit of a mess, but luckily you can't see my struggles from the outside! My second pocket was far better and I had a better understanding of the whole process then.

However I still haven't fallen in love with welt pockets yet (this is my second garment trying them), but going forward I think I understand them a little better to try again with more confidence.


The fit of the jacket is exactly what I wanted. After looking on the highstreet earlier this year for a denim jacket, trying to find a women's one which isn't cropped was a flipping nightmare! So the boxy, full length style of the Audrey pattern was a relief. I wanted a size that would be big enough to layer up with a jumper underneath in colder months, but not look too oversized in Spring. I think my one is a good balance.


My first attempt at a denim jacket was a couple of years ago. At the time I was really proud but it didn't really hit the mark fit wise and definitely had a couple of sewing mishaps. That resulted in me barely wearing it and it was such a shame, so that experience put me off the idea of sewing a denim jacket again. But this was a world apart from that experience! 


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Seamwork 'Audrey' Denim Jacket Pattern

Fabric:  Polka Dot on Dogwood Denim

Notions: Hemline Jeans Buttons

Sewing time: I made this over a couple of days.

Modifications: Nothing.

Fit: Spot on.

Difficulty: I'd recommend this pattern for seamstresses with a bit more experience. Some denim and shirt construction knowledge would help.

Watch out for: Those tricky welt pockets.

Make Again?: I don't know how many denim jackets my wardrobe needs, but I would 100% recommend this pattern and if I wanted another (baby pink perhaps?) this would be my go-to.


Overall, I love my new polka dot denim jacket! Even though my post for this jacket wasn't due until November, as soon as the fabric arrived on my door step a couple of months ago I couldn't wait to sew it up. So this fabric has now had over a month of wear and I am obsessed with it! I don't think I've ever worn a handmade garment so much so quickly after sewing it and the fabric has softened up really nicely. It's been such a great addition to my wardrobe and I'm so pleased the dream project I've had in my head for over a year was actually successful. Especially as I've been trying to be more conscious of my sewing choices recently to sew more sustainably. 

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Don't forget to visit Spoonflower today for thousands of unique designs! The possibilities for prints on their dogwood denim fabric is endless. Imagine this in a floral or classic gingham.... love!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

P.S. Did you notice the cute little sewing machine pin on my jacket pocket?? It's my own design and available to buy in my new online mini shop! As I'm typing this, the pin is currently sold out, but there's a big batch on the way to me and it'll be back in stock by the end of November.



Check back HERE to buy yours!




Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Spoonflower

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2 comments

  1. I wish you good luck and I am waiting for great finished projects. I like how people share their passion. It looks amazing!
    regards
    ctnbee

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  2. This is so beautiful! Nicely done!

    I've got the Audrey in my downloads, but haven't taken the leap. Now that you mention it (baby pink), I have a stretchy pink denim in my stash...

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