Way back in early January I decided I needed a fleece jacket - Patagonia-style - with nice fleece (real PolarTec). So I found myself perusing millyardage.com, and went a little crazy ordering fleece. I don't usually get excited about sewing fleece, but it was January, after all. The quality of the fleece from Mill Yardage is superb - so nice that I actually do get excited about fleece.
|One of the many fleeces I now own.|
"This would be a great project for Pattern Review's Activewear contest!" So I bought McCall's 5252 "6 Great Looks, 1 Easy Pattern." Honestly, I'm not sure there's one great look in the bunch.
|I had hopes I could turn one of the jackets into something that would work for me.|
Then I ordered several matching zippers in fuschia. And waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, by the end of January, the zippers arrived. Too late for Pattern Review. Dang, I wish I could find zippers locally!
In the meantime, I realized I don't want (or need) another baggy fleece jacket that I would only wear around the house. Would Vogue 8932 work with fleece? The pattern recommends stretch leather, ponte or boiled wool. Okay, how about a nice sweater striae fleece?
|"How are you going to put a zipper into that?" My husband asks. Vogue 8932|
|I made version A -- regular seams, with button closure.|
The interesting design lines of this jacket were begging to be shown off, so I played them up with extra stitching, a la Vogue 1378. I initially thought about making versions B, which is stitched with the seams facing the public side, but the fleece was just too thick.
|Back detail, Vogue 8932|
|Front Detail, Vogue 8932|
Fearing a stitched buttonhole in fleece would quickly stretch out of shape, I made bound buttonholes with evergreen Ultra Suede. The "graphite" fleece has a bit of green in it, and they look great together.
|Triangular Bound Buttonhole. The buttons are grey-green and the buttonhole is green.|
|Vogue 8932, back view. The back is shorter than the front.|
For the sleeves, I omitted the facings and used a bias strip of Ultra Suede to bind the edge.
The shoulders concerned me some, since the sleeve cap is eased and the fleece is bulky and generally un-easable. This fleece had plenty of stretch, so it worked. Although the cap looks a little flat in the photo, I don't notice it at all when I wear it. I probably should have left a little more seam allowance to help give it structure.
I made very few alterations to the pattern: cut a 14 through the shoulders and bust, expanding out 1/2" at the waist and about 3/4" at the hip. Since the back hem sits above the widest part of my hips, it was easy to fit. I wanted to add pockets, but I just couldn't decide on a good place to put them.
All in all, I really like this jacket. It's a great style, and it's very comfortable. It's versatile, looking great with jeans or dressed up. Although I didn't take any photos, I have worn it many times, once to the symphony. Can you imagine? Fleece at the symphony? Only in Arkansas, I guess.