Anyway, when I see this pinkish-brown color I think of Silly Putty and I happen to love it. Here is another version from the same pattern green jacket I made here with a few changes.
I absolutely love this OOP Simplicity 2153 pattern. It is still available for sale on various sites on the web. I have plans to make this up in a khaki twill fabric to have a safari-like vest or jacket. My favorite part of the jacket is the length which means my hands fit comfortably into the pockets and that it covers my rear. A definite plus in my book.
The fabric is a linen and rayon blend, which means that it gets a rumpled look but it breathes well. It is also lightweight, which is important for layering and living in the desert. If I need more warmth, adding a scarf usually does the trick.
In the above picture, the jacket looks like it has white splotches all over it, but it is just shadows. It is roomy without looking too big. I made a size 14.
Below is an up close shot of the pockets with the selvedges sewn around the tops of the pockets. This was a different approach than with the olive version. I tried to achieve a worn in look that didn’t look too formal or fussy, not that this would ever look like a formal jacket, but I wanted to be able to pull out of the closet, put it on and go.
Above, you can see that I used the selvedge and incorporated it into the pocket and collar. I always look at the selvedges of the fabrics I purchase and see how they hold up during the laundering phase. If they survive and have an appealing look, I experiment with ways to include them into the garment. The collar contains elastic in the outer edge and is sewn to the ties. I won’t be cinching it up so leaving it this way just makes the collar stand up, stay in place and ready for wear.
I purchased my zipper for the olive jacket and this jacket from ZipperShipper. They have a great selection, good prices and fast shipping. I guessed on the ‘medium brown’ color knowing it wouldn’t be a perfect match for this weird shade of brown, but it works and the quality of the zipper is great.
Something I repeated from the olive green jacket was the elastic waist casing. I pulled the elastic to a comfortable measurement, attached the ties and then knotted them. This means that I can grab the coat and GO. No fussing about with a fidgety waist drawstring. I can always count on the elastic gathering evenly.
If I want to add a little more interest, I have a me-made necklace I made out of acrylic beads or a scarf to pair with it.
There is a reason why a M-65 Army utility jacket like this has been so popular over the years for military, fishing, hunting and fashion. I get it! It provides pockets galore, no-fuss practical style and if you happen to sew, it can be made up in many types of fabric. If you happen to be interested in the history of such a jacket, here is an article worth reading.
Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing.