What’s Your Favourite Thing to Sew?

What’s your favourite thing to sew? Mine is jackets. Or coats. It’s the one thing you wear that always gets seen, and it’s my favourite thing to plan and make!

I love jackets. I like the construction process, fine-tuning the fit and adding personal details. I like that I can use higher quality materials than I could afford in a store-bought jacket. I love wearing jackets as it’s so easy to dress up a simple dress or tee shirt and jeans with an interesting jacket. Jackets get noticed.

embellished jacket inspiration

jacket sources: left, right

My ‘Jackets’ pinterest board is the biggest of all my inspiration boards. It’s the one thing I’m constantly looking at and I’m always collecting ideas for future projects.

jackets inspiration board

Jackets are a great wardrobe staple if you’re curvy on the bottom. Structured shoulders balance out wider hips, waist shaping shows off a narrow waist. Collars and lapels draw the eye up to the face. I look for jackets that are shorter in length so they don’t hit at the widest part of my hips.

short jackets and awesome shoulders

source: left (those shoulders!), right

I also love a good knee-length coat or a jacket that’s intentionally long and covers the butt.

long jacket inspiration

sources: left, right

I haven’t sewn a lot of jackets in the past few years as they take more time than simpler projects, but I’m planning to change that. I want to make a classic blazer, a cool sporty jacket and a winter coat. That’s an ambitious list, but at the very least I’d like to make a classic blazer this year.

Of all the things you make, what’s your favourite thing to sew?

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55 Responses to What’s Your Favourite Thing to Sew?

  1. Stina P August 5, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Dresses! It’s the best thing to wear. But right now my head is filled with pencil skirts, so I might want to change my answer in the future. :)

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 9:02 am #

      After jackets, dresses are a close second for me! Can’t beat the convenience of a dress, it’s one piece and you’re good to go.

      • Lana August 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

        So true! I always feel sorry for the men because we have this option that’s a top and bottom, in one! And somehow you look more put together than most outfits — no brainer!

  2. sonia August 5, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Love the little jackets over longer tops above. I made my first jacket a couple of months ago, very satisfying. Also it is the first ever longline jacket ever that fits over my hips. It’s enjoyable to wear every time. I think my favourite thing to make though is trousers, because they’re my wardrobe staple, and they can be refined and honed down each new pair. I suppose like jackets they’re a good wardrobe investment.

    • Tasia August 5, 2015 at 9:03 am #

      I agree! I love long jackets, but the ones in stores don’t close over the last button on me. Sewing your own solves that issue. I agree, I enjoy the type of projects with repetitive construction steps, like trousers and shirts. You get better and better with each project and that’s so satisfying.

  3. Carmen August 5, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    Dresses. It’s one of the first things I’ve ever made and you can churn one out in a day or a weekend for instant gratification.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Nice! Got to love instant gratification projects.

  4. Sam August 5, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    I love sewing jackets too! I’ve made a couple so far this year, and I have another couple planned. Other than jackets I like to make dresses… and maxi skirts at the moment. I’ve recently made 2 Gabriola’s!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      I love your jackets you’ve made this year! Also, your Gabriola skirts are beautiful. That printed one is lovely! Isn’t it nice to wear a light floaty skirt in summer weather?

  5. Holly August 5, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    totally Coats for me as well! Coats specifically because of all of the time and work that goes into making a beautiful winter coat. People are always shocked too when I tell them I made my coat. I have an alpaca/wool/cashmere blend here and some silk for lining that I am itching to make into this years new winter coat. I love that I can make a coat out of these luxurious fabrics for less than I’d spend on a cheap polyester coat.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Totally! People are impressed when you say you made your coat. I’ve never made a silk-lined coat but I can imagine that would feel amazing! I’ve read before of people just lining the sleeves in silk, so when you slip your arms into it it feels fantastic.

  6. Ofer August 5, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    I actually like making jackets, and I’m using a simple but great pattern (Simplicity 4273 ) that I already did 4 times though I rarely wear jackets. I guess I enjoy adding the sleeves and the pattern I use doesn’t ask for notions (always a plus for me). That being said, it is undoubtedly the Belcarra that is my default project. It might shift to the Renfrew now… both patterns are just very useful and easy to make.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      That’s awesome that you like the Belcarra pattern so much! You’ve made it so many times, I checked out your blog to see. :)

  7. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas August 5, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Dresses for summer, coats for winter. I’ve already getting itchy to sew a few coats!

  8. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) August 5, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Me too, jackets and coats are my all-time favorite things to sew. I need another closet now to store all the coats I’ve made! —Meg Carter

  9. Colleen August 5, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Well, dresses, tunics, shirts. All the things. I’d love to sew a jacket or a coat and I think I’m going to make the Schnittchen Malu this year because it looks really easy. But….I love love love the Pauline Alice coat! I don’t think I’m ready to make that but it’s really beautiful.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      If you can sew a shirt, a jacket isn’t that much harder! I’ll talk about my jacket and coat projects and hopefully post tips that will be helpful on any project.

      • colleen August 7, 2015 at 11:28 am #

        Tasia,

        You’ve inspired me. I went ahead and bought the Pauline Alice coat to make my daughter!!!!! I had a massive failure with the lining in a jacket so I felt diminished by it. I think it was due to the pattern being in French and I tried to just get by on the illustrations. Good instructions matter!

        • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

          Oh awesome! I don’t know what that coat pattern is like, but the general construction is the same. Sew coat, sew lining, attach and turn. If the pattern’s well made, then you’ll be good to go. Yes, good instructions make a difference! Especially if the diagrams aren’t complete on their own, ie, there is a diagram for some construction steps but not all of them, some are text only. That makes it harder. We aim to have visual diagrams for everything, although it helps if you have the text as well. Either way I’ll try to share as much as I can on the coat-making process to help!

  10. Design Rewind Fashions on Etsy August 5, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Coats and Jackets are my favorite thing to sew! I love these because they have so many functions and hide a multitude of sins :) I especially love sewing 1960s and 70s style coats. There are some really great lines from those decades!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:33 am #

      Ha, yes! A well-fitting jacket can make you look more polished. Unlike a cardigan, jackets fit away from the body and don’t cling if it fits well. I love the dress-with-matching-coat look from the 60s – never wonder what to wear over that dress again!

  11. Catherine August 5, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I wish I could say it’s dresses, but I love to make skirts. I think a dress makes one look more well “put-together”, but I don’t enjoy making them for the most part. I think it’s because I dislike making shirts for some reason. (Collar-point-turning fear? Never get it quite even? Not sure.) That is why I notice I have started using the Cambie pattern a lot, a dress without shirt. I’m happy about the new dresses too, Harwood and Nicola – very unshirtlike bodices. So maybe eventually I will be able to say dresses are my favorite thing to sew.

  12. Nadia August 5, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    I love sewing dresses, for all seasons!

  13. Wiebke | Nähzimmerblog August 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    I’ve haven’t made a lot yet, but I’ve always really enjoyed sewing shirts.
    The first time I got how you can neatly finish all the seams without a serger, I was hooked. I also love how you can add so many details and play with fabric on the collar, button band, yoke, …

  14. Francine Lacerda August 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    I love to sew dresses and jackets too.
    I’ve just finish a jacket, it takes more time and sewing work but is worth it.
    You can have a look on Kollabora. ;)

    https://www.kollabora.com/projects/50-s-inspired-jacket

    • colleen August 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Francine,

      That’s really beautiful and you look amazing in it!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      Beautiful!! It’s so pretty, well done and it fits you so well. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Janet August 6, 2015 at 3:14 am #

    I’ve probably sewed more dresses than anything else (because when your top half is really long, RTW dresses almost never fit well), but I think I prefer sewing coats. I love how complicated they are, and it always feels as though I’m pulling off some kind of miracle when I get four layers of wool coating, two of lining and some interlining under the needle! I’ve made one for me and two for my son so far, and I’m secretly hoping he’ll grow this winter so I can try another one… That said, I’m currently plotting a pair of Thurlow trousers!

  16. Sheila August 6, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    Coats and jackets are my favourite too. I have a copy of Vogue 2973 (oop) that I’m absolutely dying to make.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      That is an awesome jacket pattern. Make it! (Then come back and post a comment so we can all see it.)

  17. Janice August 6, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    I like jackets also. I took apart a jacket I purchased and wore and wore. It is very flattering and slightly peplum looking. I made a pattern from it and have made 4 versions since, a velvet-like brown for winter, a lovely embroidered linen, a classic navy gabardine, and I just finished a silk tweed for fall. I wonder if anyone else has taken apart a favorite garment to make a pattern.? .

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      I’ve taken apart the lining of a jacket to make a pattern and re-line the jacket. I haven’t taken apart an entire garment though yet, not that I can remember. I’m more likely to measure it and use that as a starting point. It’s a great idea though, to get exactly the fit you want!

  18. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) August 6, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    me too, coats and jackets. Even though living in sunny California I really don’t need any more coats :)

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      Maybe for when you visit the colder climates? :) It’s interesting, I’ve learned so much about different parts of the world through sewing blogs. It’s cool that there are places where you never need a winter coat! I’m so used to having four seasons, from hot to rainy to snowy to rainy. That’s probably why all-season clothing designs do the best, and either really warm or really cold weather styles are a little less popular. Also – you make beautiful coats and jackets!

  19. Claudia August 6, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Coats all the way. My favourite is still the Minoru Coat I’ve made ;)

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      That’s awesome! Glad to hear the Minoru is one of your favourites.

  20. Annette August 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I guess I would have to say, tops and skirts! Love making them!

  21. mary August 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    Pants and shorts, because they get lived in.

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Makes sense to me!

  22. Li Ann August 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Jackets and blazers and coats!! The Bellatrix blazer from Papercut patterns is one of my big favourites, as well as the Colette Anise. So many more out there though! Will of course have to try the Robson!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      We’re in agreement then! The Robson is a nice one if you like classic trench coats. They never go out of style!

  23. Caitlin August 6, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    My favorite are probably dresses! When you finish the project, you have a whole new outfit to wear. It probably helps that I live in a climate where I can wear the exact same thing (short sleeved knee length dresses) for most of the year :) I wish I had the opportunity to wear coats more, all your photos are inspirational!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:21 am #

      That’s the good thing about living in a rainy cool climate then – we get to wear jackets! Maybe linen and cotton jackets would be more suitable for your weather? You get your jacket fix but without too much weight.

  24. Peta August 7, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    I love sewing dresses (your Cambie dress is one of my favourite and most used patterns, and I recently made my own wedding dress too) and also sandals – there are so many fun styles to make. Sitting at the top of my sewing pile right now though, are several pieces of fabric waiting to be turned into jackets. One piece is particularly special as I bought it in Paris earlier this year while on my honeymoon, and I think it would look great in a style similar to the one in the first picture of your post – perhaps it’s time I get started working on it…

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      That is so wonderful to hear! I’m so glad you like the Cambie dress pattern so much. I love the idea of a honeymoon jacket – what a lovely way to remember your trip! You could embroider a little message inside or the date you bought the fabric, so it will forever be attached to your honeymoon. A bit sentimental but it could be a nice idea!

      • Peta August 8, 2015 at 6:49 am #

        I love the embroidery idea – thanks Tasia!

        • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

          I’m glad! I thought it would be a sweet detail.

  25. Lena August 7, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    I’ve been really hoping that a classic blazer is in your pattern queue, since I love your modern styling and excellent instructions and drafting, but this post makes it sound like it’s not. I would love to have more blazers, but I can never seem to find one that fits me the way I like. So I’m putting in my vote for a future Sewaholic Classic Blazer pattern!

    • Tasia August 7, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      Thanks for the pattern suggestion! A blazer is definitely on our future list. I’m really glad that you like our instructions and styling and would like to see us do a classic jacket – good to know!

  26. Ms. Cleaver August 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m with you on the jacket. They take a bunch of time, but are so worth it! Mine get worn so much!

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      For sure! As soon as it cools down I always throw on a jacket over every outfit. Such a useful thing to make!

  27. Lauren McGill August 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    Oh please—- I hope this means there is a Sewaholic blazer pattern coming. Oh pretty, pretty please!!! (It would look ah-maz-ing with a Granville shirt. Just saying.)

    • Tasia August 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      We’ll definitely make a blazer pattern at some point! I love jackets too much not to have a blazer pattern in the line. :)

  28. Emerald Erin August 10, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Oooh- I love your jacket style super chic! As you can imagine my favourite thing to sew is swimwear- i just can’t get enough of it! But I do love to branch out and sew with some wovens occasionally

    • Tasia August 12, 2015 at 8:42 am #

      I had a feeling your favourite thing would be swimwear or lingerie! :)