Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Dover Jacket in Flocked Glen Plaid

I knew right after I'd finished my first Dover Jacket that I would be adding more of them to my wardrobe. It's exactly the type of topper that I need and want as a layering piece. All I had to do was figure out what the next fabric should be. I settled on a flocked glen plaid suiting and an embroidered denim. One piece is deep stash and the other is new to the collection. 

At first I was going to put both jackets in the same post but there is so much detail to each one they deserved separate blog posts. 

Flocked Glen Plaid Version ~

This version was inspired by a picture I saw on Marcy Tilton's site. Yes, I get her emails. Yes, I cruise her site 2-3 times a week. No, I rarely buy anything but her fabric selections are so inspiring. The picture above inspired me to look in my fabric collection, because I KNEW I had a flocked glen plaid on the shelves. I know Marcy's picture is about denims (and boy do I want the one on the far right!) but it did strike a memory.

Upon finding the fabric on the shelves, I was thrilled to realize it's the right weight to make the Dover Jacket. Since it's such a distinctive fabric, I knew it would make an interesting topper. A note...when choosing fabric for this jacket...make sure it's a fabric that gathers easily since the gathering is an integral part of the design.

Supply List ~
- 3 yards flocked glen plaid from deep stash
- (3) 1.25" buttons from notions collection
- leather binding from the notions collection
- Black fusible interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller

Pattern Alterations ~
This is the only additional alteration I did to the pattern for future makes ~
  1. I added 1/2" to the front and back of each sleeve from the shoulder curve down. 
  2. This enlarged the hemline considerably. 
  3. At 4.5" from the hemline, I sewed on an incline decreasing the hemline by 1.5" on each side.
  4. I also lengthened the sleeve by one inch.
  5. This allowed made sleeve hems circumference smaller and stopped my very small wrists from looking like they were floating in a too big sleeve.
Construction ~
Because the fabric is very busy, I added some accents to make the design work. I chose a very large button from the collection to add to the jacket front. I have no idea how long I've had these buttons or where they came from in the garment district. Just know that my button collection is as extensive as my fabric collection.

Due to the size of the buttons, my automatic buttonholer wouldn't make buttonholes. Honestly, I haven't made a 3-step buttonhole in about 20 years. I went to my copy of the Vogue Sewing Book to figure out how to make them again.

A few samples later and I had buttonholes large enough for my buttons. Though I'm glad I only had to make three of them.

I also added some leather binding leftover from other projects to the front edge of the jacket. That wasn't planned. I was looking for some buttons and found the leather binding in a plastic bag with the buttons I chose. I'd probably planned on using them together for another project that didn't happen. They were, however, perfect for this one.

Lastly, I omitted the front pockets from this version too. After wearing the original jacket, I didn't miss the pockets so left them off.

Some Pictures ~  

Conclusion ~
I'm glad that I used this fabric from the collection to make my second version. While it's not a heavy fabric it will be a good layer over a cashmere top for the coldest days or a cotton jersey turtleneck. It's casual enough for the office but funky enough to satisfy my creative needs.

This is the second jacket from the Dover Pattern.  My final version is coming soon! always more later!


  1. Great use of fabric. I wouldn't have put those together but yours works so well!

  2. Very attractive and smart. What pattern do you use for your slacks? They look so flattering and smart and I think we're about the same size. I would love to make some up. I enjoyed your post on the over 60 sewing, I can relate! Have a great day and happy sewing.

    1. Susan - My jeans and leggings are all RTW from various online sources. Since changing to this new casual lifestyle I haven’t made or felt the need to make pants or jeans.

  3. I love, love, love your blog, you are so inspiring and I am glad you address issues such as size and age and color and you don't make it harsh or make people think about issues in a gentle but persuasive manner...Thanks so much for sharing your sewing journey. My mojo is jammed and I have not been able to sit and sew for months now, but when I read your blog post I get, one of these days the mojo damn will break and I will get to sewing again..Abby

  4. You look so wonderful! Thank you for how generously you share your ideas and projects with us. Yours is one of my favorite blogs. I want to shop in your stash!

  5. Very nice jacket. It looks great on you!

  6. That jacket is a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern, and the alterations you've made and the buttons and trim add to the final result as well. Professional yet casual. Can't wait to see the next one, thanks for splitting them up. That was a good idea.

  7. Perfect match of pattern and fabric.

  8. Very nice, Carolyn! I can tell you love this one!

  9. You will forever be the Queen of the Topper! Another lovely creation that looks great.

  10. I can understand a second version of this jacket--it suits you well!!

  11. Gorgeous! It's exciting to see what you make! Thank you for making such a beautiful version of the Dover. Love the trim! Can't wait to see the next one.


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