Aah the Watson Jacket by Papercut patterns. I have loved this jacket since I first came across it nearly 18 months ago.
Papercut is New Zealand based company, and I was so excited when I came across them. I ordered my pattern and when it came it was beautifully packaged and presented. A really detailed (I thought) sewing guide. I brought the fabric (not sure what it is, sorry) and a light blue lining (both the jacket and the cape are lined) and was all set. I cut it out and started.
All was going well until I had to sew the cape across the top of the shoulders. Then I lost it. Could not make head or tails of the instructions, couldn’t work out what bits to sew together… and gave up (are you seeing a theme here? It gets confusing and I stop.) I picked it back up late last year and gave it another go… it became a little bit clearer but only kinda.
BUT I am a determined type. I was going to finish this jacket come hell or high water. All I can say is thank goodness this jacket has a cape and a collar – they cover a world of sins! At one point I was left with weird gaps in the shoulder seams so I just topstitched it across knowing it would be covered! (look how ugly and puckered it is!)
Finally after a long long time I got the jacket almost done. The lining was in, all (well most) of the pieces were attached to each other, I turned it the right way around…. and one of the sleeves was sewn in the wrong way… bugger.
Righto. Sorted that out and carried on with getting this jacket done. And here we are. The end.
I love this jacket. At the same time it is the most frustrating thing I have ever made. I think there are a couple of gaps in the instructions, but I am sure most of the problems was from this being my first ever jacket. In fact this is my first of a number of things… full lining, buttons, sleeves… and it looks pretty good!
I have worn this jacket all week whenever I’ve been outside (I’ve been waiting for some sunshine so I could get photos) and have had lots of comments. Every time I see it I smile – I made this!!