I love sewing books and the Merchant & Mills Workbook is one of my all-time favourites. The Haremere Jacket has been calling me and I’m so glad that I finally I got round to making it.
Fit & size
I sewed the smallest size because I knew my narrow shoulders would be swamped in anything else, its meant to be oversized, but I felt this size would still give a nice relaxed silhouette without drowning me. It is the perfect jacket pattern if like me you’ve never made a jacket, as the casual shape meant I didn’t need to worry about the fit. I didn’t make any alterations because it has dropped shoulders and plenty of ease.
I like the way Merchant & Mills cut their patterns, and in this case I liked the darts creating subtle rounded shaping. You can always omit the darts in the front panels to create a more boxy shape, that would look cool.
I cut the small size, I’m 5’5″, bust 37″, waist 29.5″, hips 39″. I think the medium would have worked well too (and is the size suggested for my measurements), but I have iddy biddy shoulders.
I think this is the perfect jacket pattern if like me you’ve never made a jacket, because its only half-lined and the casual shape meant we can focus on construction not worrying too much about fit.
I am Very Happy with this jacket! If I was to be ultra critical I’d wonder what I could have done to make the sleeves hang better. I think its the way I graded the seams. Or perhaps its the way I distributed the fabric when I was easing them in. Note to future self – if you make this again distribute the fabric from the sleeve head away from the shoulder seam.
The fabric is a vintage houndstooth wool my mam gave me, she can’t remember when she bought it, I’m thinking possibly early 90s. Very easy to sew with and quite soft for a wool.