The 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.
I 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.
Interestedly 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.
My 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.
The 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.
In 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!I 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.
When 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:
I 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.A 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.
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?