Vogue 1644 Kathryn Brenne jacket

Such a delightful project with a pattern from a favorite designer.

I really enjoy Kathryn Brenne designs. There is always a bit of detail and opportunity in her patterns. I ordered V1644 as soon as I saw it online.
I’ve been thinking of doing a short jacket, something interesting for church (yes, all the women in church tend to flash their stuff, myself included. Not to mention that it is freezing in there, and a jacket or shawl is a must. I miss it terribly for many reasons and look forward to the time we can resume our church activities).

Meanwhile, I will keep on sewing!

Sewing notes:

  • I sewed a straight size 12 with very few changes.
  • My fabric is Bokeh cotton/linen denim from Moda, purchased at Hawthorne Fabrics. It’s 70% cotton, 30% linen, and it’s not really a canvas. I laundered it 3 times to remove sizing and allow for shrinkage before I cut the pattern. I love it!
  • Having the benefit of a couple of pattern reviews, I reduced the flare in the center back seam. With a rather flat fantail, I don’t need it.
  • Having a small bust, I removed the bust dart in the front princess seam. I thought about taking out some of the curve in the seam, but after basting, I was happy with no change.
  • I went crazy with Hong Kong finishing on the seams, using lightweight cotton/poly broadcloth.
  • The jacket has 3/4 length sleeves, to which I added a ruffle for a full length! After narrowing the bottom of the sleeve, I cut a 17″ x 5″ strip, folded it in half, gathered it, and attached it to the sleeve hemline. I really like this!

My thoughts are with everyone, and I hope you have some nicely distracting sewing projects in play. For now, Coco

13 thoughts on “Vogue 1644 Kathryn Brenne jacket

  1. You continue to be an inspiration. Thinking of you and hoping all is well. I look forward to more of your wonderful garments and sewing details and tips. You are a “maker extraordinaire”.

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  2. Great jacket. The scale of the jacket works really well on you. I am missing “community” also. I find I am getting some “moments” and that is really all I can attribute it to. We are all “people who need people” as the song goes. Take care and stay safe.

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  3. Coco, you always seem to add your own touches to your clothing. In this case, I love the ruffle on the sleeve. It looks particularly good with the fabric you chose!

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  4. I really like your jacket. I am currently working on the same jacket and very pleased with how it is turning out. Adding the ruffle to the sleeve is a nice detail. Stay safe.

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    1. Yes! Circumstance and frugality got me started, and I’ve loved sewing since I was a teenager. In my twenties I purchased the Vogue book of sewing, have a few more now, but I do rely heavily on the internet for details, info, and advice.


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