My lovely friend Alex (Sewrendipity) convinced me and our friend Geo (Facut in sufragerie) to give I AM patterns (French pattern company) a go while we were at the GBSB Live show in September 17. After looking at the patterns and the samples that were present at the booth we all decided that we wanted to try the I AM Artemis jacket pattern.
Geo was the first one of us to make a coat using this pattern. She made a longer version by adding 30 cm to the original pattern. Please see here more details on how she made her coat. For my jacket I chose to use faux suede I got from the my local Abakhan store. Based on by body measurements I should have cut a size 42, but chose to use size 40 for my jacket.
Because I was working with faux suede (which is similar to leather – pins can make holes into the fabric) I used my magic clips.
I realised before starting to put my my jacket together that I need to consider how to finish the seams on my jacket, so I experimented with Hong King seams or overlocking them or just leave them as they are.
In the end, decided to not finish the raw edges because the faux suede does not fray. However, I did stitch the seam allowance flat on each side of the seam. It was the only way to keep the seam flat .
I had to top-stitch the visible pocket seam on the front to make the seam behave.
To stitch the seams I machine basted the lines to make sure they are even.
I think my little jacket is quite cute, it will be perfect as the weather gets warmer for me to use as a spring coat.
This is not my typical kind of garment, I tend to wear clothes that sit closer to the body. The boxy feel is also emphasised by the stiffness of the fabric.
By the time I finished this first version, I already made the decision to make another version of this jacket, using some fun fabric. Stay tuned for my blog post about the new one. It might be a while though as I am slowly catching up with my makes. I like to post them more or less in the same order I make them.