Saturday, March 22, 2008

JCrew Coat

This jacket created using McCalls #5328

Remember this? Really adorable, but utterly overpriced coat.

Here's my version done a lot cheaper:

Hands down this is the most successful and satisfying sewing project I've ever done. I really tried to take my time and do it right by finishing off all seams and raw edges. It's beautiful and I am so pumped!!! I haven't added the button yet because I can't decide what color (white, khaki, or black) or how many to put on. Probably just one large. I'm thinking I'll pair it with a black pencil skirt and red heels. YES!

Alterations to pattern:
shortenting sleeve length
adding neck ruffle

White Dobby Cotton Twill $15.58 sale
2 pkgs 1/4" Bias Tape $ 3.18
thread (already had) ------
interfacing (already had) ------
McCalls Pattern $ 1.99 sale
1 1/4" Button $ 1.50
Lace Hem Tape $ 1.48
Additional 1/2 yard twill $ 3.90

(Beating the system) Priceless!!!

**This is even the "expensive" version because I splurged on the really nice twill.

{Photos courtesy of the hubby...With a little instruction}


  1. OH MY GOODNESS! You did an AMAZING job! I am really impressed! It looks JUST like the jacket you wanted and you saved $140! WOW, Nate said "you need to learn to do that!". You'll have to teach me some skills.

  2. Pick your project for the next time you are here. It will be fun! We can send hubbies away.

  3. Awesome! Sounds like a good plan. I think I want to make a jacket!!

  4. Les--It looks really nice and I am so proud of you for not buying it!! I think it looks exactly like the photo. Now you and L. can be matching with your sassy white jackets.

  5. are one lucky girl!!

  6. Gorgeous! What talent our sewing cousins have! I think I definitely need to take a sewing class after seeing all of you and your sister's totally cute projects!

  7. Hands Down, the Sassiest Jacket Ever! Now go pocket the extra $140 you just saved yourself! :) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  8. WOW! That is amazing... it looks just like the picture!

  9. Wow, you are so talented! That turned out amazing. Good job!

  10. Les--I think I saw one of our local weather gals wearing your JCrew jacket on T.V. the other night. In white, just like yours. It is a cute jacket.

  11. Roommate Emily and I are now coveting your jacket AND your sewing skills!

    Ironically, this JCrew catalog arrived in the mail today.

    I have such talented friends.

  12. Wow, that jacket is amazing! I love the pretty white ruffle. Long live home sewing!

  13. ok, im sold. i am going to try it.

  14. hello...I tried on this jacket at j.crew and coveted it so much...just not the price. I'd love to make this. What is the pattern number? Thanks!

  15. You have the most fantastic style!!! Bravo on the Jacket! I actually purchased that pattern for that exact Jcrew coat (we think alike) but never got around to doing it).

  16. That jacket is BEAUTIFUL! Wow!



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