Hi! This is my first time writing as a guest blogger for the Sewcial Network and I’m really happy to share this make with you, which is the brand new pattern from Helen’s Closet – the Pona Jacket, for which I was a pattern tester. It comes in two Views and I’ve made both because I could not stop at one; this pattern inspired instant love! I started with making the cropped jacket with three-quarter length sleeves, perfect for lighter weight wovens – you can see that version over on my blog as well as a longer length ‘coat’ suitable for heavier weight fabrics, which is what I’m happily sharing here with you.
Upon browsing the Fabric Guys site I found the perfect fabric for it; a heavier weight 8 wale cotton corduroy. It comes in several colours and I opted for the black as I wanted this coat to be all-outfit appropriate. I threw the fabric in the wash followed by a spin in the dryer, which I highly recommend; I was quite shocked initially at just how much excess fibre I scraped out from the filter at the end of the cycle. However, this left the fabric feeling velvety soft and reduced the small fibres that subsequently ended up on my sewing room floor. I have to say, I was really genuinely impressed with this fabric. It handled like a dream; it didn’t particularly fray and was incredibly easy to sew with. And, without a doubt, I think it’s very good value at just £8.25 a metre (and it’s available by the half-meter which is always a bonus!) It’s a deep true velvet black; described as a ‘Premium’ grade and I’d say that’s a fair assessment – especially given its price!
It’s also incredibly snuggly! I tested this coat as soon as it was made by tramping through the desolate Moors near home, just as the mists and rain descended. For an unlined coat I was really impressed at just how warm it has turned out to be!
The coat itself sews up in next to no-time. I did it in one session, thanks in no small part to the easy handling of the fabric coupled with some really nifty drafting from Helen’s Closet. As I say, the pattern is unlined, however, the facing is cleverly designed with the lapels being fully faced; so they can drape open as intended. The jacket has an oversized blazer feel to it and no closures making it perfect for someone wanting an easy introduction to sewing a coat or jacket. That said, I also think you can play around with this pattern to your heart’s content. You could add belt loops and make your own belt or even add a frog closure or a big button should you want to. I decided to simply add a press stud to mine at the top left, as I love the option that gives me then to wear the coat fully closed with the collar turned up. No way is that Moor wind getting at my neck!
It is designed to be ‘oversized in feel’ and you are advised to sew a straight size based on your chest measurement. However, I decided to size down one size as I knew that this would still give me plenty of room to wear thick layers underneath without compromising it’s overall intended look and still keeping plenty of cross-over at the front if you did want to add a closure of some kind.
I just love the fact that in one day I had a brand new easy-wear coat that is a really welcome addition to my wardrobe – actually this coat lives in my car, being perfect to throw on whilst out running errands and dropping the kids off here, there and everywhere! A really well thought out pattern with faultless instructions coupled with this great quality fabric made me a happy stitcher indeed!
Thank you Fabric Guys for gifting me this fabric with which to make this coat in return for this post!
If the pattern interests you and you would like further construction information, or to see the cropped jacket version, please pop over to my blog.
In the meantime, happy sewing!