This is another repeat – you can see the first Mason jacket I sewed (not in a knit though) here. This time I did as I was told and used the fabric type that the garment was designed for.
From the Style Arc website: MASON KNIT JACKET: This knee length Ponte knit jacket is given a fresh look with an interesting shawl collar, and large patch pockets , braid or bind the edges or just leave them raw. A truly staple piece for your wardrobe.
Well, I sort of followed the fabric suggestions, in that I did use a knit. But it’s not a ponte. It’s a much thicker wool knit with a fluffy jacquard design somehow woven into it. I bought it from The Cloth Shop on sale at the end of last winter, and stroked it wondering what it would become for some time.
It took me a while and a little help from instagram to figure out what side I would use as the right side and what side as the wrong. In the end I decided that fluffy needed to be on the outside, with the smoother “painted” look on the inside. Easier to get on an off over other clothes, I figured.
I left off the pockets, and sewed this up on the overlocker. It was super fast to assemble. My next dilemma was how to finish the edges. I’d cut the selvages off the fabric before cutting out the garment pieces, and decided to apply them to the cuff and front/collar edges. I had barely enough to work with, but the end result is still okay. If I had my time again I would have done the front edges and collar before doing the sleeve edges, which would have made it easier to lay out the pieces of selvage nicely. But I didn’t. That’s the way it goes. I just overlaid the selvedge strips and zig-zagged them in place.
When working with thicker fabrics like this one it’s important to consider the seam finish of any seams that might show. I sewed the centre back neck/collar seam on the machine so that any parts that did show would be neat and sit flat.
This is an incredibly warm garment to wear, and is comfortable as well because of the fabric type. In my view, it’s a definite success.