a little boxy silk jacket | Ottobre Design Woman 02/2015 no. 5 Ornament Jacket

Where has this little jacket been all my life?!!
A simple little boxy jacket..... with shape.
This jacket is designed specifically to be worn with the Ottobre Design Woman 02/2015 no. 4 Sheath Dress, which was my Easter Dress this year......
.....but also goes well with my other dresses.... like the Yoshiko Tsukiori 'Monet' Dress I made a few years ago.
Such a great shape with a little boxy flare at the back.
Simple... oh so simple to sew.  Unlined with hong kong seams per the instructions.  I traced a size 38 with no modifications.

But I chose to order a new Flat Fell Presser Foot for my Bernina, and flat-felled the shoulder and side seams.
Then following the pattern instructions for the Hong Kong seams, cut the 100% cotton bias binding strips the 20 mm (3/4") wide suggested and s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-d with sewing such a narrow Hong Kong Seam.  Asked about that on Instagram, and the consensus was most folks cut a 1" bias binding for Hong Kong seams.  It does look pretty so tiny though, doesn't it?!
On the dress form it's easy to see how the jacket design flows so well with the dress.  A very pretty silhouette.
And again, wearing.  Super comfortable.  The silk was a remnant picked up at my local textile outlet that's only open once a month for all of $7.50.  Because I'm not a fan of dry-cleaning, and because there was so little $$ invested in the piece, I washed and dried it before cutting out.  I think it handled that pretty well.
Inside out..... You can see the narrow Hong Kong seams and the enclosed seam binding applied to the armsyce seams.  Simply serged the sleeve seams.
Back view inside out....
....showing the sweet, thoughtful gift a family member recently sent me.  Such a sweet surprise!!!  She had the label company download my blog header to make these for me.  Love!!!
These sleeves are super skinny..... i.e. super tight..... so to make them comfortably wearable, I made a side split seam at each hemline seam.
Not much experience doing side split seams.... but made this work.  Raw edges serged then machine stitched hemmed with the blind-hem stitch.
And wore this ensemble for Mother's Day to church.
Me-Made-May 2018 will be wrapping up soon, so hoping I can catch up on the backlog of garments needing posts written.  Feels good to (finally!) get this one done as am wearing this little jacket constantly.... and somehow that feels sort of a wrong thing to do unless the said blog post has been written about such.  ;)

Happy Sewing All!  :)


  1. This little jacket is absolutely gorgeous. I love the label too! Did you hand stitch that in? It looks as though you did, and it really works nicely with the texture of the fabric. Silk is just so lovely to wear on hot days. The binding and finishing look fantastic, and you certainly can wear a shorter jacket length. Isn't it a good feeling to have a handy smart jacket in the wardrobe?

    1. The label was machine stitched on using the blanket stitch setting on my machine. Interesting how the label sort of 'finishes' off the garment to me. Thank you so much for such a kind compliment! Everyone needs a jacket like this in their wardrobe, right?! :)

  2. This is indeed the perfect little boxy jacket. As a recent discoverer of the Ottobre magazine, I can understand your love for this. The silk is perfect and I think the struggle with the binding was totally worth it, it is so much nicer than the wide binding I tend to use. Another brilliant make Lisa!

    1. Thank you so much Sue! What a super nice thing to say!! :)

  3. Cute little jacket , especially with the dress!

    1. Thank you so much Linda! This was the first time I've made a truly meant-to-be-coordinated outfit. :)

  4. Ooh, it's lovely Lisa! The little back flare is sweet and I love the fact it has elbow and bust darts to give it a super fit. What a versatile jacket!


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