In case you missed it, our sewalong for our Sienna Maker Jacket is now live! We have a few additional posts we’ll be sharing in the coming weeks, but if you need help with any particular step now, we have you covered.
Today we want to talk about fabric and supplies for Sienna. We’ve had a lot of questions about fabric in particular, so hopefully, this will help you source what you’re looking for!
Depending on what view you’re making for Sienna, you may or may not need to pick up a few supplies. Here’s what we recommend:
- Topstitching thread. This is optional since you’re welcome to use regular polyester thread, but you may want to consider if you want a subtle or high contrast look for your topstitching. No topstitching thread on hand? Try using a triple stitch for a nice beefy stitch.
- D rings – 1.5″ wide for View A & B. We have some of these in our shop, but if you’d like to skip D-rings, you can also leave them off when you’re sewing the D ring strap and simply use it as a fabric loop to wrap your belt through.
- A buttonhole chisel would be helpful to open up the belt vent, but you can also use small, sharp scissors.
- Point turner for turning out your collar
- Marking tool
- Non-stretch fusible interfacing. Anything medium weight will work. We prefer the weft variety (the same kind we stock in our Jasika blazer kit). You’ll need 1 – 1.5 yds depending on what view you’re making.
- Pocket lining (not shown). If you’re making sleeves with pockets, you’ll need about a 1/4″ yard.
- Buttons – View C only. Depending on whether you’re doing the sleeve pocket, you’ll need 9 buttons that are 5/8″-3/4″ wide.
- Snap button – optional if you’d like to add a little snap at the top of the collar to close the jacket.
- Point presser – totally optional but this tool is super handy for getting nicely pressed corners around tight spots on the lapel and collar.
- Bias tape is optional if you’l like to add a contrasting finish to your seams.
- Twill tape or ribbon if you’d like to add a hanging hook loop to your jacket. We also like to make these from scratch by folding and stitching a light piece of fabric into a long rectangle.
We recommend durable woven fabrics for Sienna such as denim, twill, canvas and heavyweight linen since you want something that has a bit of structure and will hold it’s shape. We’ve had a few questions about using wool. Our advice is to use something with a smooth face so it won’t stick to your clothes (anything with texture may cling to your shirt). We will be sharing a blog post on adding a lining to your jacket, so if you’d like to use something like melton, we suggest waiting for that post so you can add a lining.
Denim is the perfect choice for Sienna, and luckily there are more and more great denims becoming available all the time! Corduroy is also an option; our advice is to choose something with a fine wale since it’s much easier to sew with.
Sienna looks lovely in linen! We used a heavier-weight upholstery weight herringbone linen for our cream sample and it holds up really well. Just be sure to choose something with heft; anything lightweight won’t give you enough structure.
CANVAS / OILCLOTH / DUCK
Our favourite fabric in the studio right now, canvas has the perfect amount of structure for Sienna and gives it that workwear vibe (it also ages beautifully!) One of our testers made her Sienna in an old paint covered dropcloth and it worked a treat. You might want to try a waxed canvas as well, but keep in mind it can be tricky to press and will be very structured so it might work best for the cropped view. Our favourite canvas is the Big Sur line from Robert Kaufman. It comes in lots of colours and is the perfect weight.
Twill is another great choice for Sienna! We haven’t made any using stretch twill but provided it’s not super stretchy (2% elastic max!) it should work. Another studio favourite, Robert Kaufman Ventana Twill has the right weight (avoid the Kobe line – it’s too lightweight for this pattern).
What fabric are you going to use for your Sienna?