It’s not often that you sew up a challenging, time-consuming project then immediately start dreaming up your next one. The Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch has left me wanting more! It’s such a versatile, lightweight jacket that will get so much love. Read to the end so you can win your own copy too to make your jacket fantasies come true!
With Spring on my mind, I knew I wanted a pretty pink jacket. I ordered a fancy gold zipper and blush fabric only to not have my intended fabric ship on time. In stepped Diana at Raspberry Creek Fabrics to rescue me! A few days later this gorgeous blush peach lightweight twill was in my hands and my jacket dreams were a reality.
All I can think is “Man, that’s a pur-ty jacket!” I love how it turned out and think it will be a great date night layer.
The story behind this pattern is a touching one. Emily of Enjoyful Makes has a much beloved jacket of her late mother’s and searched high and low for a similar one. In stepped Gabriela of Chalk and Notch. She took the jacket and drafted a pattern even better than the original. The pattern is named after Emily’s mom, Joy. Such a sweet story and I knew I needed one of my own.
There are multiple options with this pattern. I chose the wide collar version but there is also a hood option. I did the square patch pocket but there are cute angled pockets as well. I did a drawstring at the neck but you can add one at the hem as well.
The jacket is also fully lined and beautifully finished. I used this gorgeous rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek.
With my fabric mix up I was terribly behind in the testing. We had arranged studio time on a Friday morning and I picked up my fabric that Wednesday morning. Totally enough time to sew up a jacket, right?!! I had my pattern prepped and waiting so by the time my fabric came out of the dryer I was ready to roll. After putting kids to bed, I was able to sew uninterrupted until about midnight and had my jacket almost finished except for topstitching. I would call myself a timid intermediate sewist and feel like if I could sew this jacket any adventurous beginner could tackle this. You’ll learn new skills and with a sew-along planned Gabriela will walk you through all the difficult steps too. I love the feeling you get from a well finished, challenging sew and this jacket is right up there.
While I absolutely love this jacket, I think this fabric is a bit too light colored and sheer to be practical for daily wear. There are other colors of this fabric in stock that would work fantastic though. The Heathered Grey Twill is this same fabric content and would make the best everyday choice. I’m hoping to make another that I can throw on for errands and soccer games. Raspberry Creek has stocked fabrics just perfect for this pattern. There are multiple colors of Tencel Twill that would be beautiful and lots of pretty lining choices too.
I was so lucky to get together with my sewing buddies for pics. I love how our jackets all suit us to a tee. Tiahna of Ammon Lane, Rachel of Little Fish, and Nicole of Merritts Makes are sewing rockstars. I always love their style and take on patterns.
Ready to win your own copy?! Just comment on this post (make sure to leave your email address)- that’s it! I’ll pick a random winner on Monday February 26th. I can’t wait to see everyone living in their Joy Jackets!