Recently my mother was kind enough to buy me something from the rewards service FlyBuys. I chose a Windermere Alpaca Throw and I was really lucky not to have to pay full price! I thought I would use it to make myself a jacket since I don’t have too many warm things which aren’t big coats. So I decided I would write a big tutorial on how to make a jacket out of it. You can of course use any material and blanket you like, polar fleece is perfect for making nice slouch around home ones.
You will need:
- A suitable basic pattern, I’m using Kwik Sew 3296
- About 70”, or 1.8m of fabric. Preferably 60”/150cm wide
I cut the throw on the diagonal just to see how it acted and if I could actually sew it together. You can see it is a very open weave but it doesn’t fray. I decided I would just overlock this, but I would say just plain stitching this would also be fine. If you use polar fleece then plain stitching is completely fine and won’t need overlocking.
Here’s the throw! It’s so soft and warm and I love the colours, or lack of.
I used Kwik Sew 3296 as my base pattern. I used the B view since I made the jacket hooded. I really do recommend the pattern I used, but any hoodie or easy fit pull on jacket pattern will be fine.
Here’s my sketch of how I planned to put the pattern on the fabric. I wanted to make the coat and sleeves as flared as I could. The throw has little fibrey stringy bits on two edges, I can’t remember the actual name for them but you’ll see them in pictures.
First I measured the width of the fabric and halved it. Then I pinned down the fabric to the half line.
Next I pinned the sleeve piece along the fold, ending it before the stringly bits so that they would hang over my hand. Then with chalk I sketched the line that I wanted the sleeve seam to be.
I cut it out and then did the same thing on the other side. Obviously the pattern will come with instructions, I’m just giving a basic outline.
Next I did a similar thing with the front and backs, placing them on the fold and drawing a line indicating where I wanted it.
Here’s the leftover fabric!
I wanted a larger and different shaped hood, I cut out the part that attaches to the jacket the same size as it is on the pattern and then made it taller, and gave it a point on the back. Make sure to cut two.
Now the sewing! I already talked about why I am just overlocking the seams. I started with the shoulder seams, right sides together, front to back.
I overlocked the hood pieces together and along the opening of the hood.
Next I folded the hood opening back and stitched it down using a snowflake decorative stitch.
Next I sewed the hood into the neck opening.
I then attached the sleeve to the armhole.
Finally I closed off the sleeve and side seam. And it’s done!
Now here’s a bunch of pictures of me in it to show how it fits. It’s really warm which is nice and I can definitely see myself wearing it with my new Lady K Loves jeans.
I think I’ll probably wear this with a belt most of the time when I wear it out. This is the Deadly Dames Wide Velvet Belt.
There we have it! If you can find a nice second hand wool or alpaca throw in a second hand shop that would be great to use. And as I mentioned polar fleece is nice and snuggly.