In the folds Hove jacket
I’m impatient by nature so I love a quick sewing project. I used to take shortcuts, skipping finishing that no one can see. But since a year or so ago, I have pretty much replaced all the ready-to-wear items with me-mades. I don’t really need more clothes (famous last words) and sewing became a self-care and wellness activity. I started to relish the slow process and effort on beautiful finishes and that’s when I found and quickly became a fan of In the Folds. Emily’s patterns always packed with interesting, unique details, which guided me to slow down and enjoy the sewing process.
As I mentioned in previous posts, my me-made knitwear is warm and fluffy but not great for windy days. My existing outerwear is too fitted to accommodate my knitwear. So I made the Lichen duster for my work wardrobe first, and I have my heart set on the In the Folds Hove jacket as the weekender.
It didn’t disappoint! Although the jacket is unlined, the bias bind and Hong Kong seam finishes are so beautiful. The freedom of making my own bias tape had me slightly overthinking what fabric to use. Do I want to make bold, contrasting tape or muted, matching one?
For those who know me well, you guessed it, I’d picked a bold contrasting fabric for the bias tape. I use a quilting cotton that I had in my stash for at least 10 years. It may not have shown in the photos but it’s a Japanese design with gold strokes. I absolutely love it and therefore have not used it since I bought it. It’s the year of cutting into the good fabric, though! 😉 I salvaged the YKK zip from an ancient and tattered jacket of Mr A’s, the zip is still in such great condition and unpicking it wasn’t too hard.
For the main fabric, I used heavyweight brushed cotton called Fawn from Potter and Co in Jungle, which is a dark khaki colour. The day I received the fabric is when the entire range of Fawn fabrics went on a half-price sale😭. I do have the superpower to order full price fabrics before they went on sale. I comforted myself that I purchased the last length of the colour before they’re sold out. I also have it in ‘blush’ (dusky pink), I have a grand plan for another pair of wide-leg pants – when I get to it.
As usual, the instructions are perfectly clear. I followed them and had no problem with the construction. The design reminds me of the Harlow pants I made a little while ago. I think they would go wonderfully together. I made view A (long sleeve), and the only modification is I added a hanging loop. As it’s a loose-fitting jacket, I went by the finished measurements and cut a straight size A, even though my measurements landed squarely on a size B. I have very narrow shoulders, so I think sizing down would be more suitable and I’m glad I did.
In these photos, I was wearing it with my Ginger Jeans and Tara Sweater. The sleeve facings are finished with Hong Kong bind so the contrasting bias tape will show if I rolled up the sleeves. I can think of so many ways to wear the Hove jacket with. It’s such a versatile and fun design, absolutely loving it!