16 Jan 2024 • • by Amy

A Lightweight Fran Pajama Shacket

A Lightweight Chore Jacket from the Fran Pajamas

When we were planning the samples for the Fran Pajamas we were struck by how well the top worked as a chore jacket or shacket pattern. To test out the feasibility of this idea, Amy made herself one in a heavier fabric than we would normally suggest for a pj pattern, right down to snaps, patch pockets and a denim collar. It turned out great and inspired us to try this pre-quilted jacquard version for our model Trudy. There were a few adjustments we made in order to accommodate the heavier fabric, but otherwise, this was sewn up pretty much following the instructions exactly. In this version, we didn't need to eliminate the pleat in the back and it gives it a bit more flexibility movement-wise.

This fabric is... amazing. It is a recycled cotton from Core Fabrics, with a thread of blue running through it that makes it look hand woven. We can imagine it making so many pretty things.

Look how pretty!

For the patch pockets, Amy used the back pockets from the Fran pants and attached them to the front pieces before sewing the front to back. She cut the under collar out of a thin non-stretch denim and interfaced both plackets with heavy-weight interfacing to ensure the snaps wouldn't pull out. She turned the stripes on the yoke and the cuff partly for contrast and partly to eliminate the need to stripe match. Cool trick if you too are a bit weary of lining things up. Although she did get her act together and match the stripes on the pockets... we have to have some ambition!

This pattern is in our new alpha-sizing convention and has plenty of ease but she sized up a little bit to make sure sweaters could fit underneath. She added snaps (can you tell they're not all the same finish?) and finished the hem with extra chunky top stitching to weigh down the back hem a bit.

The overall effect is perfect for a spring gardening jacket and we love the wabi-sabi nature of both the fabric and the mix-matched snaps. A make doesn't need to be "perfect" in order to be PERFECT. More importantly, it is one-of-a-kind and that dear reader, is why we make things.

We hope you enjoy this extremely versatile pattern and can't wait to see how you too, make it totally your own!

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