It’s another Decades Everyday Three’s A Charm Jacket! This time, I’ve made one that can be worn with so many different things, which I expect to be a wardrobe workhorse.
Ever since I received the Three’s a Charm pattern, I’ve had fabrics set aside to make it. But as I looked at my closet and my fabrics waiting to be sewn into dresses, I realized that what I really need are basics in solid colors that can be worn with many other things. Most of my dresses are prints, and I guess I’m kind of old school when it comes to wearing prints with other prints as I don’t like my clothing to clash.
I made this jacket with white Bondi Denim from Harts Fabric. It’s a cotton/poly blend with 2% spandex, so it gives this jacket a little stretch, making it super comfortable. I’m starting to think that any future Three’s A Charm jacket needs to be sewn in fabric with a little stretch in it. After all, all of my cardigans stretch, and as this is basically a woven cardigan, that makes sense to me.
I did make some changes to this pattern since last I made it. I went up to a 49″ bust size, enlarged the armscyes and did a permanent full bicep adjustment to the sleeves. This makes this version closer to the designer’s intention and a better fit. The only other thing I might do next time, is a very slight swayback adjustment. Other than that, I’m extremely happy with the outcome.
If you’re interested in seeing what my full bicep adjustment looks like, here is my sleeve piece. I did take a better photo with my camera, but it’s been misplaced or disappeared, so I took a quick one on my phone, so you can see what it looks like.
I cut out several patterns a few weeks ago and this jacket was one of them. I was in the middle of sewing my tangerine Dorothy Lara dress when I decided to make this jacket to wear the next day. As I already had it cut out and my adjustments made, it only took me a couple of hours to complete. This one is unlined, so the process was much quicker than my lined version.
I finished the seams with Hug Snug rayon seam binding. I didn’t have any white, but this light pink ended up working fine. I used my serger on the sleeves as I was in a time crunch. This photo was taken after I had worn and washed it already and the pink Clover Chaco liner markings are still visible as it did not come out in the wash. It’s also very slightly visible on the exterior. I’m going to try some stain remover when I wash it again.
I originally made this jacket without the button, but after wearing it for a day, decided that I preferred having some type of closure. I like the sleek, unobtrusive look of this jacket, so I opted for a covered button. I have some interesting buttons in my stash that would have looked nicely, but as I see this jacket as a chameleon — meaning that I can wear it with anything — I didn’t want a button that would clash with some of my dresses. I figure that if I want to dress it up, I’ll add a pin.
Overall, I find this to be a sweet, little lovely jacket. With the stretch fabric, it makes it very easy and comfortable to wear. It’s a quick sew when you leave it unlined. The only thing I don’t care for is that my front facings overlap a tiny bit on the front. I’m not sure if it’s the stretch fabric or the fact that I was sewing speedily whilst watching episodes of “The Inbetweeners”, but I think I might understitch that next time. The facings are sewn down by top-stitching, which should have fixed that problem. So it’s probably my fault for not evenly ironing it. Whatever the reason, only and I a nitpicker are going to notice it and I’m super happy with the outcome of this jacket. It’s a definite wardrobe staple and I’m certain there’ll be another in my future.
- Jacket: Decades Everyday Three’s A Charm Jacket in white stretch denim, made by me
- Dress: Butterick 5982 in Nanette Lepore embroidered cotton, made by me
- Brooch: Luxulite
- Earrings: BaubleBar
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens