Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dover Jacket ~ The Third Version in Embroidered Denim

This is my last and most elaborate version of the Dover Jacket.


Supplies ~
- Embroidered Denim from Mood Fabric - purchased at the NYC store late last year 
- (5) 7/8" flower buttons from the button stash
- Flat Bronze Piping from Joyce Trimmings
- Navy blue snug hug rayon seam binding
- Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller

Things to note ~
1. There are no new construction techniques in this version because it's the third time I've made this jacket.


2. The distinguishing factor of this make is the flat piping I added to it. 


3. This version doesn't have pockets either.  I cut some out and was going to do a funky little pocket but after wearing my first jacket, I realized that I don't need them.

4. I omitted the topstitching for this jacket due to the elaborate embroidery on the fabric. I think the topstitching would take away from the embroidery so I hand tacked the facing down in key points.

5. Rayon seam binding was added to the hemlines and I hand stitched the hemlines down. Again to avoid stitching through the embroidered fabric.

6. I made corded buttonholes using embroidery floss as my filler for the jacket front. I needed bold buttonholes because in several places I had to sew through the embroidery. I wrote a "how to make corded buttonholes" in 2012.  Here is the link to that post.

7. My jacket front buttons left to right instead of right to left because I liked the way the pattern on the jacket flowed better. 

A Few Pictures of the Jacket ~






A Special Offer ~
I love this pattern! While I'm not a pdf pattern fan, this one was so easy to assemble and used very few pages. While it's not a plus size pattern it was easy for me to alter to fit my body. Now if you've a bodacious bustline, you will probably need to make an FBA to make it work for you, but I believe it can be done. Me being more modestly busted for a plus size woman, I only made a few alterations - see the first jacket post.

All this to say that Diane of Blue Dot Patterns has graciously offered not ONE but TWO pdf patterns to the readers of my blog! So if you'd like to make one of these amazing jackets too, please leave a comment below telling me what fabric you'd use to make your version AND of course how much you like mine! *LOL* You have until Friday night 2.22.18 at 11:59pm EST to leave a comment. The winners will be announced on Sunday, 2.24.18.  Good luck!

ONLY COMMENTS LEFT ON MY BLOG POST ON BLOGSPOT.COM WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAWING!

Conclusion ~
I've given this jacket pattern a work out. I have three wonderful versions to use as layering pieces for the winter. It gives me a refined look but works for my lifestyle. I won't be making another jacket this season. However, you may see it as a dress with 3/4 length sleeves come spring/summer.

This is a simple silhouette. I loved working with the pattern because it allowed me use fabric and embellishments to make the silhouette sing. It's the kind of sewing that I love best and it's the essence of the sewist I am. Taking something and adding my stamp/personality to it to make it my own. And isn't that why we all sew?!

So don't forget to leave a comment below to win your own pdf jacket pattern!

BTW, I have two more outfits left in the last batch of garments I cut out. Look for those and some crocheting that I've been doing for the grandchildren to come to the blog sooner or later!

...as always more later!












57 comments:

  1. All three of your jackets look amazing,but the last one is my favourite. Now I know what to make with the piece of embroidered denim in my stash๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Your last one is my favourite too. I'd love to do one with a dark floral pinwale corduroy.

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  3. I really like what you've done with the pattern. If I made it it would be either in a corduroy from my stash or a stable knit from stash. I've always liked the lines on this one. Being a pocket fan, I'm sure I would keep those!

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  4. I have to agree with the others I much prefer this version it looks so absolutely right.

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  5. I think this one is my favorite of your 3! I'd love to make one for myself :-)

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  6. That’s the best use of embroidered denim I’ve seen, and the piping sets everything off perfectly. Thank you for the inspiration on this jacket and for the rest of the generous teaching in your blog. I wove and fulled some gray wool that may work well for this jacket if I can figure out how to trim it.

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  7. I have to agree, this version is my favorite! I'd love to find a similar fabric to make mine :)

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  8. That jacket is amazing. You are very talented and give me courage to wear what I thoght oh no too hip for me. Keep up the great inspiration. HMMM, what would I make with this pattern? I have a great piece of worstered wool crying to be made into something. So The Dover jacket it will be.

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  9. OH and the piping so smart as well as buttoning left over right yes it really works. What courage!

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  10. WOW! WOW! WOW! That is a true stunner, especially with the combination of the fabric and the piping! Love it--love it! I need that jacket in my life. I would probably use one of my African prints or an embroidered denim that I have been saving. Would love to get one of those PDF patterns. I would have to make a full bust adjustment but I am used to it.

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  11. Your jackets all turned out so nice - enjoy wearing them!

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  12. I love your embroidered Denim Jacket. I would use the pattern to make a lightweight tunic in a fun colorful print for spring.

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  13. You knocked this one out of the park! Looks great. I would like to make a jacket out of some heavier cotton weight material I have in my stash. A nice jacket for spring.

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  14. Wow! You created the best for last!!! I love the fabric, the flat piping and the buttons. They all look great on you but I love embroidered fabric so this one topped your second make that I like also. Very nice of Blue Dot Patterns to offer two patterns. I would definitely want to try this jacket pattern and I have fabric in my stash that has a raised designed that I would use. Looking forward to your next projects!

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  15. I love the style of this coat. Can't wait to see your Dress version!

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  16. You're definitely retiring this pattern (for this season) on a high. The others look good but this one is superlative. The fabric really shines in this jacket with those finishing touches you added.
    PS I don't want to enter the pattern give away just wanted to say fantastic jacket!

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  17. All three are wonderful and I would like to make something similar. Going to look at my patterns and do some hacking as I don't PDF. You and your makes are inspirational.

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  18. To say that I am envious of your button stash is an understatement! Now that I have a machine that makes fabulous, reliable buttonholes has had me going through my stash and it just doesn't have any depth. This looks fabulous Carolyn; it's got drama, certainly one of your trademarks I think, but is still casual enough for your work environment.

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  19. Your jacket is exactly the kind of thing I love to see that denim made into! While I don't think I could hold a candle to your sewing skills, I'd love to make that jacket out of an off-white floral cotton! (& maybe a thin, felted wool, too, actually) I also have a smaller bust, but my weight is all in my stomach, so I think the pattern would work well for me too.

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  20. I've been tempted to purchase the Dover pattern because of the styling of the back - gathers will minimize everything that is below my waist! The pattern is so adaptable for so many different fabrics. The pattern also is adaptable to the embellishments you have added. You need to continue to make this pattern to show us how many different trims and tricks you can add! Now, do I want to make it up in a basic denim, a patchwork denim, a black ponte, a gray ponte, gray twill, or do I splurge and make it up in the wool and mohair I just purchased at A Fabric Mart. I am back into sewing, so I'm still in the phase of making solid tops and bottoms so I can mix and match. Or, do I "steal" your idea of a gingham check like your blouse. Or......do I just go to my growing fabric stash (remember I'm just back into sewing), close my eyes, and pull out a fabric?! But, then there is the navy crepe from the early 90s that I could not give away when we moved. Too many choices, so much fun. Mary Jackson

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  21. You saved the best for last.
    You look happy and beautifully dressed.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  22. You have really made this pattern your own. This last version is spectacular - highest and best use of the fabric. The gold trim looks terrific. I would try something off the beam actually...I have a green scuba knit I would love to try!

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  23. Absolutely fabulous love this version of your jacket

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  24. Love the jackets but my favorite is the embroidered denim. A great job! I have a couple of fabrics in my stash I could use, especially an embroidered piece that someone got for me in Africa.

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  25. I have been following you for a long time and this make is the absolute best! I Would like to make it in a beefy knit.

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  26. I love all three versions of this jacket. I can see your personality shining in all of them. Though I find myself with some envy on this last one you made. I think for me a linen version would be a great addition to my wardrobe...we don't have very cold winters where I live. You've certainly brought to life a pattern I may have not noticed. Great work as usual!!!

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  27. This jacket looks lovely. I really think the trim adds a lot of class to the look. I have a striped piece that I would use this pattern for a dress. Very comfortable for spring and summer.

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  28. Pretty! Its a great pattern and you have really made it your own. Not sure what I would make it in. I have lots of fabric to ponder on!

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  29. I love this jacket on you, the perfect combination of pattern and fabric. This style wouldn't suit me, so I'm not in the running for the PDF, but I do admire this jacket on you :)

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  30. I've been drooling over this pattern since your first one, but this last one is just spectacular. The care and time you take to make a beautiful garment with a high quality finish is always inspirational to my lazy butt! I'd love to make the hip length version of the pattern in a nice soft denim I have in my stash. Perfect for the southern hemisphere season change we are heading into. I'm in desperate need of a cute simple jacket. And who doesn't love a raglan sleeve?

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  31. Its amazing! One pattern, three fabrics and they all look like different styles! Love all of them. The pattern is totally flattering and universally wearable! I might try this in a linen for spring.

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  32. I love them all, but I think my favorite is the Glen Plaid. I love this jacket. I could see making it in a light weight drapey fabric and wearing it as a dress!

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  33. I love your version. I’d make the pattern in a lightweight fabric for a blouse to wear over leggings.

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  34. I love the embroidered silk version. I even went to the Joyce Trimming website to look for flat piping. The search function did not give any results. Would it be under ribbon? Love how you re-work many patterns. Great way to practice techniques. It seems one can always improve upon what one last did.

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  35. SO cute! THAT FABRIC!!!!

    So many great details here to love!

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  36. Love that embroidered fabric in the jacket. It's really special. Looks great on you too! Please enter me in the drawing. Living part of the year in Tucson, this would be great for layering. Cold mornings, warmer days, and right back to cold evenings.

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  37. Love this jacket on you Carolyn. I've said this previously with the first one. This last one....I NEED! I have a denim fabric with vintage flowers (FM) ....would be wonderful and been saving it for a jacket like this. Thanks for always sharing your great makes.

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  38. After eyeing off the Dover Jacket pattern some 2 years ago, it's been your makes that have inspired me to purchase the pattern (a few weeks ago!) Living in the Australian tropics and coming up to our autumn/winter seasons (we only had one cool morning last year 41°F) so for my first Dover I've opted for a natural drapey linen....largish wooden buttons and probably a brown topstich (yet to be purchased). Thank you for sharing your creations Carolyn, I think they're brilliant!

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  39. I think this is one of my favorite things you've made. I love the fabric, it fits perfectly, and you look so happy wearing it. I would make this in a piece of brown waterproof canvas I have in my stash. I've been looking for a cute rain jacket, for a long time, to wear for walking the dog. I would add pockets, I just can't stand not having them.

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  40. You just look so darling and happy in this latest jacket/tunic. In fact, my client, Nancy asked me if she could get me to make her one this season so I will make time between brides to get her to bring over fabrics from her stash. Thank you for sharing all your jackets!!!!

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  41. What a wonderful pattern. It looks great on you. Maybe I would make it in a ponte

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous! That fabric is amazing.

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  43. Your embroidered denim coat is a-mazing. I have some Japanese crane printed denim that I think would be fantastic made up in this pattern.

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  44. The piping is exquisite!! I love the embroidered fabric. All three versions are very nice!

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  45. Love the fabric on this one! All three versions are so unique and fun.

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  46. I swear I left a comment but can’t find it. Love this version! I have some embroidered denim in my stash. Think this is what it needs to be!

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  47. I want a Dover jacket out of embroidered denim. Yours is fantastic!

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  48. I really love your latest version of this jacket. I would like to make this Dover jacket in an upholstery fabric I purchased from Hancock Fabrics before they closed.

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  49. They all look amazing! The buttons on the embroidered denim are beautiful.

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  50. I have some navy fabric from Fabricmart - I think it was from Shoshanna. I LOVE the embroidered fabric, but out of the three you made, I'd bet I'd end up wearing the other denim one more regularly. The embroidered one is so special, though.

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  51. what a wonderful jacket!!!! stunning and so beautifully done. considering the time of year and how long it takes me to get anything done, I think I would use one of the pretty chiffons that I have for spring and summer. and, I absolutely love your shoes!

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  52. I have been admiring this jacket and would like to make one. Love your blog...you are creative and so down to earth!

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  53. From the moment I saw your post about the Dover Jacket, I was in love. The denim you used for the first jacket is so me!!!! I know I might not be able to find that exact fabric but if I win one of the patterns, I'll give it a good try. I have been a follower of your blog from its beginning; having followed her on Stitcher's Guild way back when. The evolution of your sewing "chops" is amazing. You are a genius at pattern manipulation and having you share these journeys with us is priceless. Thank you so much.

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  54. What a great jacket! I really love seeing all the details you add to each of your projects so that they really pop. I'm a very experiences, but mostly self-taught sewist and hadn't seen your tutorial for corded buttonholes before. I really appreciate you linking it!

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  55. Oh I LOVE that jacket! Pick me!!

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  56. Oh shoot, I clicked publish too quick. I would make it out of a denim, or perhaps a heavy linen.

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  57. Love the jacket and the fit! It's amazing how the jackets can look so different in the various fabrics. I think using a great fitting pattern over and over makes sense! You know how it will look, fit, and you know how to sew the tricky bits.
    My fabric choice? I'm embarrassed to admit it but I have burgundy velveteen in my stash for over 40 years that is still in great shape. It was suppose to be a jacket for my brother but...my sewing ability at the time wasn't up to the task (he got something else so I don't feel guilty!).

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