Coco jacket

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern16The Coco Jacke from Schnittchen sewing patterns has been part of my stash since December. It’s such a versatile, smart, in-between season jacket I knew It would fit right in my wardrobe.When I saw Sonja & Kelly’s version the Coco jacke had to jump my sewing queue.

cocojacketmustardcropfashionsewingpatternI used the printed version of the pattern where the instructions come in german, written only. Silke sent me the english version instructions and it’s available to download however I just followed the photo tutorial available. Super helpful for a visual sewist like me.

intomindInterestedly when I was about to plan the materials for this jacket I was in the middle of Into Mind workbook.  I think Anuschka has a really interesting view of minimalism. As a former shopping addict sewing my way out of it, I find her blog very inspiring. If you follow my Pinterest you probably noticed this board.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpatterndetailMy biggest challenge is a concise colour chart. My sewing stash is all over the rainbow. There is no way I can follow a colour plan without spending more money on fabric. Definitely a challenge for next shopping trips.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern19The fabric I choose to use is a wool mix of unknown composition. I LUSHed for this colour forever and is rare on the shelfs. When I found the right shade of mustard-camel there was no way I would let the stif+ itchiness of it stop me. To be honest that is the first time I bought something because of the colour. I’m generally more tactile. I lined my jacket with a delicious 100% cotton ‘dressmaking theme’ fabric called a stitch in time.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpatterninsideSilks makes lovely lining material but I enjoy 100% cotton better. Quilting cotton specially. I can use all the crazy prints bringing personality to serious pieces.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern29In terms of sizing and alterations. I have sewn size 40. I haven’t altered the pattern for fitting only adding welt pockets. My first ever!cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern1I wanted to have a go on this technique for ages but wanted to use a simple pattern (without collar, bound buttonholes etc) so I transferred Colette’s Anise welt pockets. For reference I use the Anise welt pocket tutorial and Palmer Pletsch.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern6When we just finish something for the first time the sense of achievement is super high. With sewing this feeling never gets old because there are so many new things to learn and practice. I’m currently practicing a lot of new skills including photography, hence some washed out pictures. Lucky I did manage to capture the colour. Back to my jacket construction:

cocojackeschnittchensewingpatternbackdetailI topstitched the back and sleeve seam. Stitch in the ditch feet is one of my favourites. Just move the needle position for perfectly straight topstitching.cocojackeschnittchensewingpatternA detail that would be lost in a print but is really cute on solid fabrics. The fabric pressed better than expected. Stank of wet dog, mind you. Lucky the smell didn’t stay once dried.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern21Although I don’t like when patterns cut the darts out for you it worked for the weight of my fabric.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern26If I would improve this pattern I would add some type of closure option. Fits so nicely, specially when “closed” -hold in place . Loose just hangs weird.

cocojackeschnittchensewingpattern128I’m not the biggest fan of hooks & eyes and I cannot think of other closure option. Can you? It doesn’t have enough width to cross over.

Talking about minimalist and wearing uniforms, did you guys read about this lady’s self imposed uniform? Would you wear the same outfit for 3 years?

  • Lovely jacket there. How about frog closures? The snail ones would look a little more modern:

    • Houseofpinheiro

      That’s a brilliant idea. I will look for the right match. Thank you Carol

  • Beautiful color on you! How about hidden magnets? -You wouldn’t lose the clean lines of the jacket as you have now.

    • Thank you. Hidden magnets would need more width so its something to consider next time

  • Love your jacket, The color is gorgeous too..

  • I love it. Since I saw Sonja’s version I’ve been wanting to make one too. As soon as I find the right fabric It’s going to the top of my queue. I want to make mine closeable too so I think I’ll extend the fronts to make them overlapping. And I LOVE that necklace!!!! Did you make it?

    • thanks Kate, more on the necklace soon xx

  • Lovely jacket – exactly the kind of pattern I’ve been looking for for a while! You picked the perfect colour!

  • It does look lovely on you! If it smells when pressed it must have quite a high wool percentage.

    I think the only way you’ll be able to add closures is by using something that expands. Something like a frog closure but… Nicer 🙂 I had the leaf from MacCulloch & Wallis in the past (3rd row) but they have done nice magnetic ones as well:

    • Thank you Laura, so many cool options to investigate.

  • I agree with Laura, if the fabric smells like that when pressed it will have a very high wool content and possibly 100% if it is quite rough / itchy against your skin due to the short wool fibres.
    The colour is beautiful on you and the clean lines of the jacket makes me want to put at the top of an ever-growing list of makes. I love the printed lining – a fun little quirky detail.

    • Hi Caroline. yes it’s possible. it was such a fun choice to use. i like classic pieces with personality

  • Janice

    Loops made from bias strips of fabric – inserted into front / front facing seam and buttons ( possibly fabric covered ) Really lovely jacket but would benefit from a closure of some sort .

    • great idea Janice. Thank you so much for stoping by

  • Gorgeous colour and looks very chic. No big ideas on closures…. What do Chanel do?

    • what Chanel would do indeed, Sarah.

  • I love the style of this jacket, so classically elegant, but the colour you’ve chosen makes it really modern, and the lining fabric is gorgeous! ☺

  • Very nice jacket ! For the closure, something like this ?

    • so cool. one more place for me to shop… thanks darling

  • Very beautiful jacket! I love the colour and the lining it looks very chic!

  • Gorgeous – I love the colour. Maybe some neat toggles across the front, perhaps like the ones on Chinese jackets?

    • yes, toggles can be cute. I may need to remove the hem lining to sew them and re sew the lining.

  • I made a 1950 kimono sleeve summer coat last year and the fronts meet like this. I like the coat, but I would also like to be able to close it with maybe 2 closures at the neck- I got a vogue star on similar to this (!9248) but I think your jacket could suit a variety of different ones, incl frogs etc mentioned above. checked out your link – I can understand where this lady is coming from, while on one hand i could not bear a life of black and white, I once worked in a store where we could wear anything as long as it was only black and consequently my days off I would wear a riot of colour!

    • i will, thanks for the link. I already saw a few i loved. I think uniforms have a lot of value. I wear loads of ready-though out outfits as uniforms to save me time in the morning but i would hate to take the creativity away without the use of colours

  • Beautiful construction! When you line garments with quilting cotton, do you cut the fabric on the bias, or along the straight grain?

    I definitely would not wear a uniform, I grew up with a very tiny wardrobe so I know what minimalism is like.

    • Houseofpinheiro

      Hi Ebi, when I use cotton as lining ( mainly wool jackets) that are close fitting otherwise i self line I cut on the grainline not on bias. Both fabric press well. If I’m wearing loads of layers cotton isn’t the best because doesn’t slide as well. I just like cotton on my skin.

  • I LOVE it!! The color, the lining, the cut, everything is so perfect. You’ve inspired me to reconsider some insane cat themed quilting cottons 🙂

    • omg cat themed jacket lining. that would be amazing

  • This is beautiful, Rachel! It’s the perfect color! How about a buckle closure? That could be quite elegant!

    • gorgeous trimmings…

  • So stylish! Your pics could be in Vogue.
    I had bought really cute hooks once – actually for fur – big and sort of corded – for a similar jacket. Frogs would be very cool – look would change to be a bit military dress jacket…..
    I never went for this because it looks boxy, but yours doesn’t – guess I will have to rethink!
    I hate using slippy lining on jackets but then I find sometimes they don’t slide on and hang so well. What do you find?

    • Silkes are better for when its a lot layers so you have to slide clothes. Cotton work better when touches the skin , at least in my opinion. The jacket is straight but fitted. Works best closed

  • Juls

    Lovely jacket

    2 ideas for closures:
    Ribbon – two pieces of thin ribbon on either side to tie together?

    I also have a knitted jacket that has suedette straps on either side, one side has 2 metal D-rings and so you thread the one from the other side through the side with the d-rings. Sorry, does that make sense??

    • Total sense. just added to my list of things to investigate. you guys gave me so many ideas…

  • I love this colour and it’s hard to come by! You’ve made it so wonderfully in the details again! Bravo!

    My friends posted that story about the woman’s work uniform… I’d go crazy!

    • thank you. me too! i need different clothes for different moods…

  • I really like that jacket on you! nice shape for your figure. I also recently used quilting cotton for my Minoru lining…indeed it doesn’t slide too well…but it’s fun nonetheless

    • yes, silk its a lot easier when you have multiple layers.

  • Very very nice work Rachel. I love the colour and the lining fabric..just perfect.

  • I love this, Rachel. Such a gorgeous colour and style! I feel like this is a fresh and modern take on the Chanel jacket so I can see why they called it the Coco! Just lovely! I agree it’s so easy to get carried away with colour/pattern. Better to recognise it and stick with your palette I guess! I’m early enough into my sewn wardrobe to be able to do that mindfully almost from the start but I think that’s because of some great blog conversations about colour and pattern I’ve been reading for years! Bloggers rule!

  • LOVE it!!