Jackets are always nice to wear because they are so versatile. You can wear them when you need to look businesslike or representative, or just casual in everyday life. Whether you wear a top, a t-shirt or a neat blouse underneath, a jacket is always a great idea and a real classic. Timeless, classic and trendy!
But jackets are most of the time not comfortable. Most jacket give little room to move and are not always ideal for all-day wear, especially if you have to do physical work. A jacket made of a fabric with a stretch content is already a big improvement. These are often a lot nicer and give more room to move.
But finding a sewing pattern for a jacket for stretchy fabrics is not easy. Yet we have found one: the Butterick B5926. This sewing pattern was released by Butterick in honor of their 150th anniversary.
The sewing pattern is only suitable for the fabrics: wool jersey, Ponte knit, sweatshirt fleece. On the back of the envelope that contains the sewing pattern, a small sheet indicates how much the fabric must be stretched so that it is suitable for the sewing pattern. The sewing pattern does NOT indicate whether the fabric should be 4-way stretch or whether length or width stretch is also suitable.
We made the blazer from Bengaline Stretch, available at Driessenstoffen. This fabric contains a large amount of Elastine and makes the fabric nice and stretchy, even though the fabric is still strong enough for a jacket. The fabric is available in several colors and is a length-stretch fabric. Since the blazer must be stretchable in width to fit comfortably, we unfolded the fabric and placed it on the cutting table in such a way that you can cut the pattern parts in the width-stretch direction. Fortunately, this is no problem at all with the pattern of the fabric; there is no repeating pattern in the design and you can look at the fabric in all ways.
The design is cheerful, summery but also chic. The colors are ideal to combine with white, black, jeans and beige clothes.
The sewing pattern is suitable for beginners. We agree, although it is always difficult to tidy the collar of a jacket so that it rolls out nicely and the points are exactly the same on both the left and right. It will be a difficult job with stretch fabrics. We therefore advise the reader to practice with a test piece.
Another point: do you find it difficult to make buttonholes in a stretch fabric? Then choose different closures. If you still want to have for buttonholes, make sure you iron a sturdy non woven interfacing on the inside of the fabric on the patch where the buttonholes should be. This will prevent the buttonhole from stretching too much. Does it remain difficult? Take a look at Youtube: there are a few tutorials that are specifically about making buttonholes in jersey fabrics.
The jacket has no lining. Cut the seams neatly with zigzag scissors or even better: create a nice finish with a lock machine. For the rest there are no difficulties in the sewing pattern.
The jacket has a tight fit and is a nice slim jacket. Keep in mind that you realize that it is not a wide jacket and you are a bit limited with what you wear underneath. NEVER take a size up to fit it anyway... The proportions will then lapse and the result will not be nice.
The Butterick B5926 sewing pattern (available at www.sewingpatterns.shop) is specially designed for making jackets for stretch fabics. Check beforehand if the fabric is 'stretchy' enough for the sewing pattern.
The Bengaline Stretch is a pleasant fabric and nice and strong (and sturdy) enough for a jacket. Pay close attention to the stretch direction and practice making the collar beforehand. Then it simply cannot go wrong and you will soon have a wonderful jacket for spring or summer!