Ottobre Magazine Fall Jacket

I am back from a month long vacation with something I made just before we left. I shared a sneak peek on the Instagram before we left.


The pattern is a slightly modified Ottobre (6/2013) coat pattern. The suggested fabric is boiled wool, which I believe has a bit of stretch. Mine has none, but it worked. I added a pocket with a zipper, and  used snaps instead of buttons. That's right, no more fear of snaps, practically the boss of snaps now. :) I cut up my old leather jacket to finish the seams outside. I really like how it turned out, makes it look expensive.  All the seams inside are finished with bias tape. It's really pretty, I wish I remembered to take a picture. :)


This was supposed to be a quick and easy project. I was busy planning out trip and wanted to be done in a day. Silly me. It took me a week to finish.


I made every single mistake possible, completely silly things too. I am pretty sure I unpicked every single seam. And don't even start me on that pocket. It was as if I never sewed before. In the end, it's not quite perfect, but I can live with it. Does it ever happen to you, when you keep making silly mistakes? I think, I can not be rushed while sewing. The timed sewing competitions are certainly not for me, ha.


I think the shape of the jacket is nice. In my experience, the Ottobre patterns have a very nice fit. I haven't made anything that I was unhappy with. 


The fabric came from my stash. I purchased it at the garage sale. A former seamstress was getting rid of her stash, it was like hitting a jack pot. lol It's quilted, one side is burgundy and the other one is black. I made the Senna tote from it. 


Eli is happy with the jacket and with the modeling gig. I can't believe he is almost 10! Most of the patterns don't come in his size. makes me a bit sad. I hope he enjoys my makes for a couple more years. 


14 comments

  1. It looks soon great! You certainly wouldn't guess that you made any mistakes on it. The leather finishes are really really nice, wow!!! I hope he gets a bit wear out of it before your fierce winter comes along!

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  2. What a handsome young man - looks great in the wonderful coat. Was not familiar with Ottobre Magazine - so happy to learn about it - thank you!

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  3. Great jacket! I hope he won't grow out of it for another two seasons at least. I don't know why he should stop enjoying your makes, it looks totally cool and stylish on him! I m sure even teenagers would appreciate. And the pocket was totally worth the struggles.

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  4. Cor! That jacket is pretty amazing.

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  5. Oh myyyyy that jacket is amazing. I'm so blown away by the leather -- and I hope you post some pictures of the inside (here, or on IG). I would love to see it. I do hope you keep sewing for your son. It's nice to see some boy clothes, and he is such a great model!

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  6. It turned out beautiful! What a handsome boy! I love the leather binding. Was that hard? Every single project I make has several silly mistakes! Glad to know I'm not alone.

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  7. I really love it. Great photos too! I bet you'll get several more years of sewing in for him. It's the girls who get all weird, lol! He's a cutie.

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  8. Wow! That looks so professional! And handsome boy.... It's so inspiring that you're sewing for your big boy. I'm a bit stumped when it comes to sewing for my nine-year-old. I know he won't wear anything that looks handmade, and isn't 'cool', so it really needs to be 'spot on'. This looks like you've achieved that!

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  9. Γεια (υγεία) στα χέρια σας ,πολύ όμορφο όπως και η τσάντα από το ίδιο ύφασμα ! Μπράβο!
    Των μαμάδων οι δημιουργίες είναι πάντα μοναδικές!

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  10. You have certainly hit a jack pot with the fabric sale! Yeah, I could never sew against the clock either :) Your son looks super cool in this jacket. Leather edges - how lovely.

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  11. This is so good!! <3 The leather definitely gives it even more of WOW factor! I have been nicely impressed by Ottobre patterns too, the fit is really nice. And I wouldn't tell ever that you made any mistakes, looks perfection to me. And if I can reclaim any title in the world for myself it would be " Queen of silly mistakes"! heheh

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  12. The jacket looks great! It looks totally professional! I love Ottobre patterns as well, but I do find sometimes they run a little short in both the length and the sleeves. This one looks spot on though and your photos are 😍😍😍. Also I don't like sewing under pressure either! Not one bit!

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  13. Wow, that's a styling' jacket. I really like the leather trim, and it adds a special touch! By the way, where do you buy Ottobre patterns?
    Deborah Devine at Sew Much To Give

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