Monday, March 14, 2016

Three's a Charm Jacket Sewalong - Planning & Inspiration

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Welcome to the first post of our Three's a Charm Sewalong!  Today, we'll be talking about the versatility of this pattern while exploring different options in fabric, trims, and closures.

This jacket is one of those amazing "blank slate" patterns that will look as fabulous in a bright floral novelty print as it will in a classic black wool gabardine.  You also have choices when it comes to the closure.  It's a perfect opportunity to use a unique button, but you can also opt to keep the focus on the fabric and use a hook and eye closure.  Or bust out a cool frog or vintage sweater chain.  Here's some inspiration to get the ball rolling!

Side note:  we saw a LOT of jackets with this silhouette in that bright yellow color.  Seems like Kaufman's Kona Color of the Year is everywhere!

Rich Solids

Try a bright pop of color or a deep jewel tone for a jacket that will instantly elevate any outfit.

Clockwise from top left:  Crossroads Denim in Sweet Potato, 10oz Denim in Bleached Indigo Wash, Silk Noil in Eggplant, Crossroads Denim in Downtown Teal, Metallic Nevada Linen in Oatmeal/Gold, Milestone Twill in Cerise.

Fun Prints

The subtle shaping and minimal piecing makes this pattern great for prints.  And no lapels mean less breaking up of the print, so you can really show it off!
Clockwise from top left:  Linen Mochi Dot in Chartreuse, Organic Cotton Corduroy in Heart of Gold, Metro Ikat in Blue, Denim Dot in Black, Rainbow Ikat in Natural, and Global Textures in Southwest Stripe.

Classic Textures

We'd love to see this jacket in a sumptuous cotton moleskin or a preppy cotton pique.
Clockwise from top left:  Lush Velveteen in Cabernet, Fab Denim, Cotton Moleskin in Tan, Modern Canvas in Black, Essex Yarn Dyed in Espresso, and Baby Cat's Eye Pique in White.

It's hard to go wrong here.  Just make sure you pick a fabric with enough body to it, or else your jacket may look a bit floppy and unpolished.

And don't forget about interfacing!  While much less exciting than picking a gorgeous fabric, choosing the right interfacing is just as important.  Our favorite for this pattern is the Presto fusible woven interfacing.  It's sturdy enough for the jacket's facing but it's not so heavy it will weigh the front down.  And it's fusible, which makes everything easier.

Presto Fusible Woven Interfacing

Time to go fabric shopping!  This is one of our favorite parts of any project.  We got to go scour our shelves and pick a fabric for our own Three's a Charm Jacket.  Ultimately, we picked the Linen Mochi Dot in Navy.  Not only is this fabric a great weight for the jacket, but it has a clear right and wrong side which we thought would be easier for our readers to see during the sewalong.

Linen Mochi Dot in Navy
Next step, we'll be cutting our fabric and preparing our pattern pieces, so don't forget to prewash your fabric before then!

What fabric are you using for your Three's a Charm Jacket?  Let us know in the comments!


  1. What a wonderful idea! A SAL (Sew-along).

  2. What a wonderful idea! A SAL (Sew-along).

  3. A textured chambray or mustard poplin?

    1. Ooh beautiful ideas! We'd love to see this jacket in those.

  4. I have already made this jacket twice to perfect the fit. I am almost 64 years old and my stooping back and foreward shoulder rotation make my sewing life much more difficult than it used to be. I have been sewing more than 50 years! I have sew much fun creating. I have 2 possibilities for the next one. Denim with some fun sashiko stitching or a Japanese cotton/linen blend with a really fun border print. Leaning towards the cotton blend as summer is coming to Canada eventually.!

    1. A denim jacket with sashiko stitching would be AMAZING!

  5. Super cute jacket! I just started working on a different jacket. Maybe I'll switch over.

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