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Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Today is the day!! The highly anticipated Joy Jacket Pattern by Chalk and Notch released today!

**GIVEAWAY! Be sure to read all the way to the end and enter the rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win your own copy of the pattern!**

Making a jacket gives one all the feels normally, but the story behind this jacket makes it even more beautiful. You'll have to be sure to check out THIS POST to read more about it.

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

The instant I saw the first sneak peek, I knew this jacket needed to be in my life. What I didn't know, was just exactly how much a lightweight drapey jacket would fill a hole in my wardrobe! I tend to be more of a cardigan wearer in the winter, but often times a cardigan just doesn't cut it during the winters here, even if they are on the milder side. 

Enter in the Joy Jacket. I made mine in Tencel Twill for the main fabric and cotton lawn for the bodice lining. Both of these fabrics are from La Mercerie. I used a rayon crepe that I had stashed from LA Finch for the sleeves, since it's necessary to use a slippery fabric for the sleeve lining so you can easily slide it over a base layer. This combo of fabrics provides the perfect amount of warmth that can carry me all the way from fall to spring, with the exception of a few colder winter days here and there. 

The pattern comes with 2 views. View A being the version I chose to sew, with a beautiful collar and square pockets. View B features a hood and angled pockets. Both views include a full zip front and optional drawstrings at the hem and neckline, the pockets are interchangeable. 

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

I'm basically head over heels in love with tencel twill, so I knew I had to use it to make this jacket. It is the perfect weight and the drape is absolutely incredible. The color I used is Slate Gray, but it definitely reads blue. If you'll notice, the zipper I used is medium gray and it blends in perfectly. So this color is somewhere in between gray and blue and I LOVE it. *Silly side note: the walls in my kitchen are also gray/blue, the same way this jacket is. They look blue until you look at them up against my gray dining room walls, then it blends together.* I guess I am just drawn to this color in all areas of my life! Haha.

A bit of a note on using tencel twill; I chose to cut it out in a single layer. This added a big chunk of time to the project, but I am SO happy I did it this way, because it made sewing the jacket a breeze and all of the pieces fit together perfectly. Like any rayon fabric, it is quite shifty when laying it out and cutting, so getting everything laying smoothly, multiple times and cutting each piece individually did definitely take a long time, but it was totally worth it all.

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

I love the outside of this jacket so much, but the lining, I have to say... It just makes my heart sing! I used THIS COTTON LAWN, called Exquisite Stems and it was the perfect compliment to the main fabric. As you can see, the sleeves are a contrast fabric as well, and as I mentioned before, this is because lawn is not slippery enough to use for the sleeves. It would make getting the jacket on and off quite difficult. I did not plan this part well when I purchased my fabrics, so I shopped my stash and luckily found this large dot rayon crepe fabric in the perfect complimenting colors to use for the sleeves. It was another happy accident that made me love the finished product just a little bit more.

I also added another small patch pocket to the lining. I'm a mom, so I'm always toting around an extra tissue or small toy, plus I always like to keep my lip balm handy and this is a nice way to conceal the little added bulk.

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

I truly cannot get over the beautiful design of this jacket! I just absolutely LOVE the shape of the collar!

And the fit is perfect as well. In the pattern, there is a large seam allowance included in the outer sleeve seam. This is to allow custom fitting in the sleeves. I ended up letting my sleeve seams out 1/4". Next time I will probably even do 3/8" - 1/2" just for a little more added room. This part will be individual to each person, so it is recommended to sew up a quick muslin to check the fit. And if you are using a tencel/rayon twill, I would definitely personally recommend it as well. I sewed the sleeve seam first as per the pattern and then had to let it out and you can see the original stitching line if you look closely. So... Do as I say, not as I do. ;)

I also shortened the bodice and the sleeves by 1 inch. I am 5'3", for reference. Otherwise everything else is sewn up exactly as per the pattern, in a straight size 6.

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

I just realized I only have one photo of my hands out of my pockets to show the sleeve length. Haha, I do love pockets, but I'll work on that little detail in the future!

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

I had never bagged a lining before, but the pattern instructions make it super easy and the finishing details are perfection. There is not a single exposed seam in this entire jacket. 

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Joy Jacket Pattern // Sewing For Women

Since this pattern also uses notions and hardware not used as frequently, I thought I'd link to the places I bought all of my supplies from. These are not affiliate links, I'm just passing on the info. The links will take you to the product page.

Fabric:
Tencel Twill: La Mercerie
Cotton Lawn Lining: La Mercerie
Rayon Crepe Sleeve Lining: LA Finch (this exact one is no longer available, but they have a large selection of rayons that would work well)

Tricot Interfacing: Nancy's Notions
Metal Zipper: Wawak
Grommets: Wawak (I actually bought mine from Amazon, but wasn't super pleased, I think these will be a better option for my next one. I've already purchased them and they look good)
Woven Label: Dutch Label Shop

Other things that came in handy while sewing:
Tailor's Ham - I used this frequently.
Press Cloth - This was a must. I used it every time I pressed on top of the tencel twill. Otherwise, the heat left shiny marks.
Sleeve board - I'm not sure how I would have gotten the creases out of the sleeves without it!

Would you like to win your own copy of the pattern?? Gabriella has graciously given me a copy to give to one of you! I've made it super easy, just leave a comment on this post and record your entry in the rafflecopter. The giveaway will remain open through Sunday 2/25, 11:59pm EST. Good luck!!

39 comments

  1. Love the color- I've been dying to make this jacket since I saw the testing call for it!

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  2. You are killin' it with this one! Love that color and your interior pocket!

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  3. This is beautiful. You did such great work!

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  4. Yours is the first review I've read and I think I'm already sold! Love that color and the lining.

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  5. Absolutely lovely. I love your inside pocket and since I'm 5'2" I'm glad to see your length adjustments. Thank you for your review.

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  6. I'm pretty sure this is going to be my first jacket!

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  7. You have inspired me to try this pattern! It is so cute and I love the lining!

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  8. Love Yours! Thanks for the sourcing info too!

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  9. This has got to be the most professional looking jacket I've ever seen offered in a pattern! I love everything about yours, especially the color of the twill.

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  10. Love this jacket and especially love the color that you made it out of!

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  11. I love that collar and you did an amazing job on the lining! I also like that the jacket is a bit longer and covers the butt.

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  12. I really don't need a jacket...but gosh, all you lovely testers sure do have me wanting to make one now!

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  13. Your color choice is spot on!! It’s a lovely pattern and you’ve done a fabulous job! Love it!!

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  14. Great color and the tencel twill looks amazing! I'm really excited to try sewing outerwear.

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  15. Thanks for the inspiration! You have me thinking about a light blue Joy now.

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  16. that color is perfect - I realy need a light jacket that will fit over light sweaters. Got my fingers crossed!

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  17. Such a beautiful coat! Oh, I need to go find some tencel twill now :)

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  18. Your jacket is to die for!!! The pattern is great and your version is so professional! Even if I don't win the giveaway, I will definitely add this pattern in my cart :)

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  19. Love the jacket and especially that lining!

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  20. gorgeous! I'd love to make one but will probably have to grade out a bit for the hip... we'll see!!!

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  21. Love the lining...it looks beautiful inside

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  22. gorgeous jacket! you'll get so much use out of this.

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  23. Love this & want to try it now that I've seen yours!

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  24. Love the color! And thank you for all of the helpful info on where you got your notions

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  25. Love the jacket and the lining is so fun!

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  26. The collar is gorgeous, and the story behind the pattern is heart warming.

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  27. This color is great! Congrats on the first bagged lining. It looks like the perfect pattern for a first time coat.

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  28. It's been a while since I've done a big sewing project but this jacket is so good! Job well done!

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  29. Love the coat! Going to Sew one now. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. I LOVE your version and am DYING to make my own!

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  31. Lovely jacket, I thInk it needs to be next on my make list.

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  32. This is such a nice pattern. Great colours on you.

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  33. Your version came out great out great! I Love the color.

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  34. the jacket is very nicely done.

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