Using Simplicity 2153, I used some heavy duty green duck fabric in olive and combined it with a cotton tee from Walmart. I’m not sure this borderline fluorescent-y orange is the best color for me, so I normally lean toward the coral and peach versions. It combined with olive, so here it is. This jacket took a while because I did a lot of unpicking!
The reason it took a while was because I originally envisioned the coat having flaps on the four pockets with either buttons and buttonholes, or hook and loop tape. The flaps didn’t sit right and the buttonholes sewn with upholstery thread didn’t look right either. So I decided to use the buttons as only decoration and put them on the edges of the pockets anyway. I like the simplicity of it now and there is less fuss getting in and out of the pockets.
I was motivated to make a olive green utility jacket for three reasons: 1.) I love olive drab and it happens to be the color of my eyes 2.) I needed a single layer outer casual jacket 3.) It is BIG in fashion and I can sew it my way. 4.) It has a great history here.
Here are the items I collected before starting the project: My local fabric stores did not have the olive colored brass zipper, so I ordered online from Zipper Shipper. All you do it look for the type of zipper you want and enter in the desired color and length. It is my new go-to for zipper needs because the cost was great, shipping was fast, and the quality of the zipper is very good. The contrast thread was Coats and Clark Upholstery thread in gold, antique brass buttons are from Hobby Lobby. Seam tape in olive, and the best find was parachute cord at Joann’s in the beading section–who knew?? Oh, and Simplicity 2153, view C with D collar.
Here is a the back view without cinching the waist tie.
Here, I pulled the waist cord and cinched it to give more waist definition. I will probably make this jacket again in a lighter weight fabric. I like the length, and the pockets are in the right place. One change I would make after finishing the jacket would be to change the bias tape from olive to a gold color. It would have been a better match to the gold top stitching and buttons. It is only visible from the inside, so as with many projects, YOU will know it’s there. Lesson I learned: Make a note and pay closer attention next time. I love the sleeve detail because rolled up sleeves are more practical for me, and I could still unbutton and unfold them and cuff them at the wrist if I want. The strap and button are attached to the sleeve first, then sewn in the flat method before the side seams are sewn.
Some other changes I made were the parachute cord was attached to 1/2″ elastic in the collar and the waist. I like the way elastic keeps a gathered look instead of messing with a pull tie or cord to help evenly distribute the fabric. It always stays scrunched and the ties hang out just enough to be cinched up if needed.I’m very happy now that it is done, because I was starting to lose interest. Pushing beyond my ‘sewing ADD’, I am happy to report cooler temperatures (finally!!) and I am better prepared with one more outer jacket…Yah! I think I will try either a vest or jacket in a windbreaker weight next time with black buttons, ties, and zipper to wear with yoga pants to run errands or take walks.
What are you sewing in preparation for cooler temperatures?