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Does anyone else jump into fall mode come August? I sure do! For the past few weeks JOANN has been rolling out all of their new fall fabrics and my mind has been racing through my mental pattern catalogue trying to decide what to make with them all!
One thing my wardrobe is seriously lacking is sweaters and jackets. I’m not big on layering, and living in California I don’t need more than a light jacket most of the time. I’ve been wearing my Lonetree Jacket for the past few years and it was finally time to add a new jacket to the line up.
I have a big thing for the chore jacket trend that’s been happening lately. I love the utilitarian look, and they are a wardrobe workhorse; something I know I would wear over and over again. Queue the Julien Chore Jacket by Ready to Sew. This pattern most closely resembled what I had in mind for my jacket so I snatched it up and went to work.
I’ve also been loving the wide wale corduroy trend I noticed last winter and I freaked out when I saw it in JOANN’s new fall line up. There are so many gorgeous colors, but I went with this neutral tan color for a more minimal, laid back fall vibe. I also wanted something I would reach for over and over again and tan goes with most everything.
Okay you guys, so this fabric!!! I washed it on a normal setting, and hung it dry. I threw it in the dryer when it was just slightly still damp. When I pulled it out, it was puffy and soft and ammmazing. I was really impressed. The inside of this jacket is so soft, and it keeps me really warm for being a semi light jacket. This fabric is about 9.5 oz. in weight.
I found all of the other notions I needed for this pattern also at JOANN. I felt so happy when I found these great buttons that match this corduroy fabric almost perfectly.
This fabric has a bit of stretch to it width wise, but this wasn’t a problem for me while sewing up this jacket.
For this pattern, I sewed up a size 35. I took away 3/4″ of length. Looking back now, I still keep going back and forth on what length I would prefer. I probably could have left the pattern as is. I felt like it looked so much longer on everyone else while scouting around on Instagram. I’m am happy with this length though; I didn’t want it to be too overbearing on my small frame.
I also drafted the bottom pocket myself. I wanted to have big, square pockets like all of the traditional chore jackets I’ve been seeing. For reference, my lower pockets measured at 7.5″ wide x 10 1/4″ long including a 2″ seam allowance for the top of the pocket. I also added two breast pockets instead of one. No other modifications were made.
Paired with my jacket are these Nike sneakers, ripped 10-Inch high waist crop Madewell skinny jeans (sold out), and a Madewell Bandana.
I am so thrilled with this project, and I know it will be such a great addition to my wardrobe. I love the texture the wide wale adds to any outfit. Don’t forget to check out all of the other great colors it comes in, too! There’s a color called Atlantic Deep I was also envisioning for this jacket. You can’t go wrong!
Wishing you all the best as you begin to plan your fall sewing projects! You’re definitely going to want to take a stroll though your local JOANN for some fall sewing inspiration!