MacPhee Workshop – AWEsome Jacket

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Hello all,

While poking about at my local Fabricland the other day for some denim, (StyleArc’s Italia Shirtdress is on the roster, but more on that another day) I happened upon this gem…

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It’s a knit on the outside which is brushed to a fleece on the inside.  It looks quite grey in the picture above but it is actually many shades of blue.  With only the thought that a cardigan was going to be the end product, I dug through my boxes and bags of patterns and pulled out The AWEsome Jacket pattern from MacPhee Workshop.

For those of you south of the border, MacPhee Workshop is a company run by Linda MacPhee in Alberta.  She sells her own designs for outerwear, dresses, tops, vests and accessories as well as fabric, trims and notions.  She also hosts a show called “Sew Much Fun” where she showcases her patterns.  Linda is an absolute dynamo and she brings emphasis on the creative side of sewing; playing with colour, texture, length and layers.  Case in point – this is printed on the pattern instructions:

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Isn’t this why we all sew?  Of course it is!

The AWEsome Jacket is a very straightforward pattern which includes some variations for neckline, collar, pockets and closures.

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I chose the V-neck with the front band and it is comprised of three pattern pieces; a front and back which is cut on a fold, band and a sleeve.  Here is what it looks like traced out:

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It probably took me just as long to trace it out as it did to stitch it together.  There was a little trouble with the front band as it required a bit too much easing and I expect my measurements were off.  I’ve made a note on the pattern to double check that should I make it again (which I will!)  A quick recut of the band piece, adding some length at both the neck and hem ends resolved the issue.

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Here is the finished product.  It’s somewhere between a jacket and a cardigan and is a great layering piece for some extra warmth, which is so very welcome right now with our negative temperatures.  And here it is layered over my Popover top.  Taa daah!

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Bye for now,

Andrea

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