We could not be more excited to introduce you to our latest pattern, the Sienna Maker Jacket. Inspired by vintage French workwear, this pattern is a love letter to the making community, designed to take you from your creative space to the street with confidence.
We wanted to create a chic piece of outerwear that could transition from work to play, so we engineered a pattern with multiple purposes in mind. Loaded with interesting details, roomy pockets that can carry all manner of tools, multiple length options, and two sleeve designs, Sienna is a true workhorse. Whether you're looking for a chic cool-weather jacket, or a highly functional layer to wear while you're creating your next masterpiece, Sienna has you covered.
Sienna is the first pattern available in our new extended size range, with much more to come! We've been working behind the scenes to create a more inclusive sizing system for the better part of the year, and are thrilled to offer you Sienna in two formats: our original 0-20 size range (print and PDF), and our new 14-30 size range (PDF). Our 14-30 range is drafted for a D sewing cup (great news for larger busts!) and is based on a more pear-shaped block than the original 0-20 range. If you'd like more information about which size to choose, please visit our recently updated Size Chart page, or tune into the blog later today to read our post about how our size ranges work. If you're purchasing a PDF pattern, please note that while you'll need to choose a size range in the dropdown, you will be able to download files for both size ranges when your order is complete.
This design has been in the works for over a year! Initially, we hoped to release it last September, but as is often the case with the designs we love the most, development took longer than expected. I guess it couldn't be timed better in the end, since re-imagined "workwear" is having a major moment right now. The genesis for this pattern happened when I stumbled on a picture of a vintage worker's jacket from the 30's on Pinterest (which we'll be sharing with you in our inspo post later this week). It was perfectly proportioned with amazing details and reminded me of those classically cool French blue worker's jackets you'd always see Bill Cunningham wear when he was zipping around town taking street style photographs. We recreated the jacket pretty faithfully, down to the unique waist tie that's integrated into the notched lapel and is pulled through a small opening at the waist. This is the second design we've created this year with a notched collar (hello Jasika Blazer!) and while it's a more intermediate detail, our instructions are thorough enough that you should be able to tackle it with confidence. We also have a full, free sewalong coming next week to provide additional help. My hope is that if you tackle the collar, you'll feel confident enough to make your way to our Jasika blazer eventually 😉
What we love about this design are ALL THE POCKETS. Views A & B are pretty similar, the main difference being length. View A hits at mid-thigh with a back slit, while View B hits at upper thigh without a slit. They both feature enormous hip pockets, which we're hoping you'll fill with your sewing tools, knitting and whatever other ephemera you can cram in there in lieu of a purse. These views also feature a "hidden" breast pocket on the inside, perfect to hold your phone while you're working/sewing/creating/living. This jacket can be worn closed, or open by looping the belt around the back and threading through the D-rings (which we have in stock in the shop!) I also think it would look great without a belt at all, and am planning a version for myself that can be worn loose and open.
Fit wise, this jacket is meant to be somewhat roomy, with a slightly dropped shoulder and enough ease through the back, shoulders and arms to be easily layered over sweaters. I love that it can act as a layer while you're working in your sewing space, and then be thrown on with a sweater when the weather cools and you're out and about living your life. The only construction difference between the 0-20 and 14-30 size ranges is a bust dart we added to our extended sizing for better fit through the bust.
Because we're overly ambitious and love giving you bang for your buck, the third variation of Sienna is quite a bit different. We removed some of that "double-breasted" width at the front and added a button placket in a shorter length to create a chore jacket, perfect for running errands. This view also features a unique sleeve with a pocket at the upper arm (that can be added to any view!) for an additional place to put the stuff you need at hand. We love the back design of this variation; it has an interesting vent placket which gives the rear view some visual interest. We're especially in love with the military styling on our green sample - who doesn't love an opportunity to play with gorgeous buttons?!
All views are unlined and finished with durable seams and we suggest methods to get a completely clean finish, so a serger is not necessary. There are tons of ways to add interest with topstitching, and we're going to be sharing many ideas for customizing and making this jacket totally you're own, whether it's embroidery, quilting, patching or refashioning. A maker jacket that reflects your making practice; what's better than that?!
In the spirit of our concept for this design, our models for this shoot are two very inspiring makers from the Montreal community. Monserratt is a dear sewing friend, an expert bra-maker and truly one of the warmest, most loving human beings on earth (you haven't lived until you've gotten one of her famous hugs). Trudy is an inspiring ceramicist I had the pleasure of meeting at the studio where I take pottery lessons, and her brand Looks Like White is a must-follow on instagram. We will be focusing on both of these amazing women in the month to come, along with a few other creatives from the Montreal community. We want to show you how this pattern works for making of all kinds, whether that's sewing, throwing clay, shooting photographs, baking or painting.
Expect lots of inspiring content over the next month or so, in addition to that sewalong we'll be dropping all at once (no need to wait for a few posts at a time!) Later today I'll be talking a bit more about out our extended sizing if you'd like to hear about how the new range works. I'd also like to give a special thank you to Artemis Design Co. for lending us the beautiful loafers featured in these images. They are made from re-purposed Kilim rugs and were the perfect complement to this making-centric photo shoot. Unfortunately, we can't share many fabric sources with you since most of the textiles we chose have been collected hodgepodge over the last year, but if you're looking for fabric, we'll be suggesting some great options next week (think: canvas, denim, twill & linen!)
We hope you love this pattern as much as we do, and honestly cannot wait to see how you make it your own!