I’m a big fan of trying out new indie pattern companies. I always think they bring a exciting point of view to the home sewing world. Whether that’s from a design aspect or construction, there’s always something new!
I found Scottish brand Pipe Dream Patterns on Instagram (of course!) and I fell for their 80s style Marion jacket. It’s a button front cropped jacket with really interesting style lines and when they introduced the biker zip hack I knew I had to try it!
I’d been dreaming of a silver leather moto jacket for a while now and I finally thought now is the time to try it out!
I got some of the vegan leather (AKA pleather) from Girl Charlee in their Easter weekend sale. Therein lay my first problem. I hadn’t swatched this fabric before buying (as it was a spur of the moment purchase!) and it wasn’t quite what I expected it to be. It was a little thinner and little bit more plasticky than I’d expected. Note to self – don’t buy faux leather without testing it first!
That being said, I figured since I already had it I should just truck along!
The Marion jacket comes as PDF only. I was feeling a bit lazy and I sent it out to an online copyshop to get it printed. (I used a site called printingandplotting.co.uk which was very reasonably priced and quick to print. Plus they’re cheaper than Netprinters!).
I made a size 12 without mods and as always I traced my size off before sewing.
It’s an unlined jacket where all the seams are flat felled to keep the insides neat. I really have a thing against unlined jackets though, so I opted to lined mine in a funky patterned polycotton sateen. Because no one would then see the insides, I opted to mock fell the seams to save time (and a bucket load of effort!).
I don’t know if I made a mistake whilst tracing but when it came to sewing up I felt like none of the pattern pieces or notches matched up properly. Like in a really frustrating way.
I always expect a bit of error – mostly due to tracing/cutting mistakes etc – but you can kind of always make out where everything meets up. I don’t know if traced my pattern really badly but I felt like all the pieces were really off.
Even when putting the zip in, the recommended zip length was actually too long for the seam it’s meant to go into. I really felt a lot of it just want well thought out or tested properly. But maybe I’m just being overly critical…
I used my best judgement and got it all sewn together anyway but I really don’t feel like I’ve done it properly at all!
I actually don’t mind the end result too much but I don’t love it as much as I’d hoped. I think this was a bit of a bad match between pattern and fabric – sometimes things just don’t work out how you expect! The fabric I used wasn’t right for this project and the pattern itself was difficult to work with. It just kind of left me feeling a bit unsatisfied at the end of it all!
The best thing that came from this project?
I finally figured out how to use my walking foot! (I’ve only had it for three years… 🤣). A walking foot was a definite must when topstitching that faux leather. It worked a treat!