Before I embarked upon sewing my own clothes a year ago, I (re-)started knitting. But because I’m 100% impatient, I was always looking for patterns with thick wool (the thicker – the better to be honest). Until I found Good Night, Day – my personal holy grail when it comes to modern, easy knitting patterns with thicker wool. I just love everything she does! Why am I telling you this? Because a while ago she reposted a picture on Instagram with a jacket I literally couldn’t stop thinking about since the moment I saw it. Obviously, I forgot to save the picture but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go on a hunt looking for the jacket in the infinity of the world wide web. And – I found it!
I even found the perfect pattern for the jacket- Ayora Jacket by Pauline Alice! I didn’t have to make any changes – it’s just 100% what I was looking for.
The only thing missing was the right fabric. Months went by and nothing happened.
Until I started planning my articles for ‘Diary Of A Novice Sewist’ and started thinking about what I wanted to show you. Top, pants, jacket… JACKET! But wait – it’s going be January when I make it. I don’t need a light linen jacket in January in Austria – I need the warmest piece of fabric to wrap around my shoulders in January! After some back and forth, I settled on FS SPHINX Midweight Linen, made it and I regret nothing!
But this jacket does come with a warning. As I made this jacket with teddy cloth interfacing, the layers were very (!) thick and I broke a tonne of needles. Note to self: don’t buy cheap sewing needles.
Alas, believe it or not, I finished the jacket with my very last sewing needle. I did ponder the option of finishing off the jacket by hand, but who am I kidding? I would never have done that (we talked about my patience before).
So yes, it was a wild ride – but I would definitely do it again (maybe with better needles).
Can’t wait to hear what you think!