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New Look 6397 jacket

It seems that when I get on a roll, I really go for it.  My current roll is to use up large scraps leftover from other projects.  Ones that generally aren’t quite large enough to make a garment on their own, but are definitely large enough to allow for cutting entire pattern pieces.

New Look 6397 in wool jacquard and ponte

This jacket was sewn from a combination of a wool jacquard double knit (thanks Anna!) and ponte. I had no scraps left of either once I’d finished making this, which is always satisfying. I deliberated about whether to use the birds for the body or for the collar and sleeves, and as you can see I decided to use them for the body. It’s worked out well – the ponte is soft and not itchy around my neck.

New Look 6397 in wool jacquard and ponte

This is a super simple, easy to sew, relaxed jacket. The pattern is New Look 6397 (the one that has two different covers and numbers, but exactly the same line drawings). I’ve used it before for a vest.


Misses’ cozy jacket with patch pockets can have a straight or handkerchief hemline. Vest can have a straight hem with patch pockets or a high-low without pockets.  Fabric suggestions: Lightweight to medium woven or knit fabrics with drape such as: Linen and wool types, double knits, fleece, interlock, jersey, ponte, stretch velvet.

New Look 6397 in wool jacquard and ponte

This jacket is SUPER roomy. I think that I sewed the Small, but it could have been the Medium. Construction was mostly on the machine, with the overlocker used to finish edges. I also overlocked the collar band to the body of the jacket in one pass, then pressed the seam allowance toward the body and topstitched it down.

New Look 6397 in wool jacquard and ponte

This is essentially view D, but with sleeves. I liked the concave curve at the front of D, and didn’t really want pockets. It’s a warm snuggly overlayer, great for casual wear. The dropped shoulders make it easy to fit and wear, and I was surprised at how well the roll at the back of the collar sat against my neck considering that this jacket is sewn from very simple shapes. This is a pattern worth having.

New Look 6397 in wool jacquard and ponte


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