This is the Grainline Studio Thayer Jacket. When Gutherie and Ghani published this Spring weight version as one of their November kits I was immediately interested.
I’d previously sewn the Clare Coat by Closet Core Patterns as a kit from Gutherie and Ghani which was a great success.
I think I’m drawn to a kit which gives me a fairly complex make just out of my comfort zone, especially one that comes with all the fabric and sewing notions that I then don’t have to find. I’m also reassured that the fabric will be exactly right for the pattern, so you are already set for success!
It took me a couple of months to get around to this one. I thought it would be complicated and a great faff to even cut out all the pieces, but once I’d got down to it it really didn’t take long. I pushed my self to make that start before Spring was actually upon us.
The added bonus of the videos provided in the purchase of the kit, makes sure you don’t fall down any pitfalls along the way. For example, Lauren made me very aware that the lining would need some persuasion to be brought back into it’s checkered straight lines. She also advised keeping the same stitch length for sewing and top stitching, one I very much appreciated.
I would have thought that topstitching the under sleeve seam would have been frankly impossible without Lauren showing it was possible.
After a good deal of review research I choose size 8 in accordance with my bust measurement with no adjustments and just went for it. The size is perfect! It fits beautifully on the shoulders and as a spring weight jacket (mine is lined with a medium weight cotton) is perfect for a couple of layers underneath.
The jacket features a slight A-line shape with two roomy patch pockets and two in-seam yoke pockets. The front bodice princess seams and two piece sleeves ensure a great fit and form. That, along with lots of top stitch detailing gave this jacket a beautiful finish!
I took my time and it paid off.
The fabric is a luxurious British Millerain cotton-rich twill fabric ( I chose the Burgundy version) which has a water repellant finish for those April showers.
I love the traditional check lining fabric, also manufactured here in the UK at the British Millerain Mill which complimented the tone of the main outer fabric perfectly.
Some off-white cosy cotton sherling for the collar was included in the kit but knowing how I get make up everywhere after a few wears, I switched it to a brown corduroy.
Do you like my hanging hook and label? I’m so pleased with it and have already worn it on a mild winter’s day.
I think the top pocket construction ingenious!
One thing I did alter was the collar width at the front. I thought some of the collars on others looked a little mean for what I was going for so I took the collar piece from the Papercut Patterns Stacker Jacket to compare and adjusted the Thayer collar width at the front to match it. So I’ve really just added about 5/8” to the length of the collar point.
So, a complete success that will get worn and worn and worn.