Hampton Jeans Jacket

I am pretty excited about my latest make the Hampton Jeans Jacket! I have been wanting a denim jacket since I wore one for my friends wedding a few years ago. When I saw Anna’s tester version  6 months ago I was inspired! I knew I needed to make a version using the denim gifted to me by the lovely Blogless Anna during our Melbourne holiday last year.

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Alina the pattern designer of the Hampton Jeans Jacket recommends making a muslin first. As It is a style designed to be close-fitting, yet roomy enough to wear over a couple of light layers or a thin sweater. I didn’t make a muslin as I generally wear jackets open so I knew It wouldn’t matter if it was a little bit snug. I cut a size 12 based on my bust measurements.

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Lots of pattern pieces!

This project is one that I knew would be a labour of love. I set up three machines dedicated to making this jacket. My Brother overlocker was threaded with matching overlocking thread, my Bernette 48 served as a straight stitcher and my Bernina 830 was threaded for topstitching. If you have multiple machines it makes a project like this a lot easier!

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I prewashed the fabric, cut out the pieces and treated them with a tea dye treatment. I left the natural dye from 15 tea bags seep into the fabric for half a day. Once dry I didn’t notice a difference with the colour of the fabric. Washing the fabric after dyeing caused a lot of fraying so I decided that any additional dyeing would be better after finishing the jacket.

To construct the jacket I followed Alina’s Hampton’s Jeans Jacket sew-along. The instructions tell you to either use flat felt seams or faux felt seams. I opted for faux felt seams as I didn’t want to put any additional stress on my sewing machines with any extra thickness from the flat felt seams.

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It was my first time making welt pockets! I was surprised how easy they are and how awesome they look. I loved topstitching around the pocket to really show off the detail. The pocket bag comes together really neatly too.

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This may be my most professional make to date due to the number of pieces and the amount of visible topstitching. This jacket took around 20 hours to complete. I spent a lot of time using my seam ripper as I made a couple of silly mistakes and had a few topstitching issues. I’m excited that my sewing pins now have a permanent place to call home.

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Hampton Jeans Jacket worn with Astoria sweater, Inari dress and Ida clutch bag.

 

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jo says:

    This is so awesome! I don’t quite have the sewing skills to give a denim jacket a go, but it is on my future to-make list!

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    1. Thanks Jo! It’s a pretty awesome thing to make. The top stitching was definitely the hardest part! Next time I’ll choose a thread which camouflages. 🙂

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  2. Hilde says:

    Looks great! Love the topstitching too! I just made a jeans, and topstitching the whole thing really added a feeling of accomplishment to the sewing process.

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    1. Thanks Hilde. Bold topstitching definitely gives me a sense of accomplishment. ☺ awesome some work making jeans!

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