Bring on the New Year! I am so ready! I plan on dressing up, opening some bubbly, and watching fireworks. The New Year is filled with hope for the world. Bring on 2021! It was so much fun making this Faux Leather Moto Jacket with pintuck details, it inspired me to start planning for next year.
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This Silver Faux Leather from Minerva was a dream to sew. The stretch faux leather is backed with a stretch poly – no need to line the jacket, it slips on beautifully. I used Ellen’s Jacket #1100 from Silhouette Patterns. The pintuck details on the sleeves give the jacket a unique feature. For the collar, I mirrored the pintuck look to pull it all together. Giving the jacket a fun, modern twist.
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This is the perfect jacket to dress up with lots of glitzy jewelry and celebrate. It would be equally as fun with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
Sewist tip: Use a press cloth when you iron this fabric, it grabs with the heat.
By using only the collar stand, I achieved a more contemporary look. I cut the stand about 2″ higher to accommodate the pintuck details. I also rounded the edges using one of my favorite rulers – a French Curve.
You can see the pintuck channels bounce around a bit, but I’m okay with that. In the front of the collar I made sure they were stitched downward. I also ran a channel of stitching down the center back to help keep them in place.
The pintuck detail on the sleeves gives the jacket a very moto look. The pattern calls for 1″ shoulder pads, which gives the jacket a more work-wear look.
This is the fourth time I’ve made this jacket!
To give the finished jacket a casual, sweater type style, I eliminated the shoulder pads. That was a simple two step process for this jacket. I was able to remove the excess without redrawing the armhole because the fabric had a great amount of stretch. The smaller armhole works better with a stretch fabric — win/win.
- Shorten the sleeve cap – in this case I shortened it 1″ since I was removing the shoulder pad entirely
- Grade the shoulder seam from the neck edge to the sleeve edge making it 1″ smaller. I cut the pattern out as is then just grade the seam when I stitch it and trim the excess away.
The pintuck detail requires some precise sewing. It’s not hard to accomplish, but it does require care. These markings are very close together and marking them can be a challenge. This fabric doesn’t fray, so I just clipped through the marks ever so slightly. This pattern only has a 3/8 inch seam allowance so there isn’t a lot of room.
If you were using a woven fabric, mark with tailor tacks or a fabric marker.
After you stitch the five pintuck channels on each part of the two-piece sleeve, it’s time to assemble.
Sewist Tip: Pre stitch the pintucks towards the hem on each side of each piece within the seam allowance.
By pre stitching, you will be sure the pintucks are in the right place when you sew the sleeve pieces together. Match up the pintucks as best you can ensuring the top and bottom one are lined up perfectly. You won’t notice the ones in the middle as much as the ones on the top and bottom.
Time To Party!
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- Washers as Weights – So much faster and forgiving than pins.
- Kai 8″ Dressmaking Shears – They are not as expensive as the Professional Shears.
- French Curve Ruler – Perfect for making beautiful curvy lines.
- Super Big Sewing Mat – I love this mat, it’s perfect to cutting out garments with a rotary cutter.
- Brother Sewing Machine CS6000i – One of the best beginner and intermediate machines on the market – a big step up from your mom’s machine for a great price.
I enjoyed making this Faux Leather Moto Jacket with pintuck details. I hope you will give the pintucks a try, they are not hard, just fiddly.