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Jaime's Vibrant and Cozy Thayer Jacket

Our Fall Coat Along is complete! Amber, Christina and I (and some of you!) took on the challenge of making coats in the month of October. Here it is, the fruits of my labor, my new Thayer jacket!

Close up photo of the torso of someone wearing a fiery orange jacket with a white fleece-lined collar. Their hands are in the pockets and they stand in front of a neatly stacked wall of firewood.

Fabric and Notions: Shell is Ventana Twill in Canyon Red, Body Lining is Cotton/Hemp Fleece, Sleeve Lining is Bemberg Ivory, Buttons are the Intrigue Button in Burgundy 
Pattern: Thayer Jacket by Grainline Studio
Size Made: 8
Modifications: none

Jaime stands in front of a neatly stacked wall of firewood, wearing her Thayer Jacket in fire-orange twill unbuttoned. The jacket is lined with hemp/cotton sherpa.

I love taking on more complex sewing projects like this over a longer period of time, with weekly goals for sewing. Breaking it down this way makes it seem much more manageable. Overall, this coat came together great. Grainline Studio has fabulous instructions and she also has blog posts that cover all of the steps with full color photos. I definitely used these sometimes to clarify things I was confused about.

Close up of the collar area of Jaime and her jacket. The collar is lined in natural white cotton/hemp sherpa fabric, and the jacket is a fiery orange, with darker orangey-burgundy buttons.

I chose to use the Ventana Twill for my jacket shell. For one thing, I love this color so much! Also, it will be sturdy for long-lasting wear, and not too warm—the perfect transitional jacket for cooler days and crisp nights.

Jaime stands in front of a neatly stacked wall of firewood, holding her Thayer Jacket open to show off the inside. The jacket is lined with hemp/cotton sherpa.

I lined my jacket with the sherpa-like cotton/hemp fleece. This is a fuzzy and super-soft lining that adds some warmth and coziness. For the sleeve lining, Bemberg is the obvious choice. No one wants their shirt to get stuck to the inside of their jacket. I learned this lesson the hard way on my first jacket!

Jaime is standing with her back facing, showing neat seams across and down the back of the jacket. She stands in front of an old stone wall.

Overall I'm into this jacket! And I'm proud of myself for getting out of my sewing funk with a super functional garment. This fit is great and it's roomy enough to wear a sweater or bulkier clothing underneath.

Jaime stands in front of a neatly stacked wall of firewood, wearing her Thayer Jacket in fire-orange twill, black skinny jeans and boots. That is a lot of firewood behind her!

Stay tuned to see Amber's jacket up next!

Comments on this post (2)

  • Nov 14, 2020

    WOW! This jacket is amazing! The color, the combination of twill with that cozy Sherpa lining, and the beautiful execution. This is the best rendition of the Thayer Jacket I have seen yet. So, I am inspired to buy the pattern and hope my jacket is half as good as yours. Kudos!

    — Elena

  • Nov 10, 2020

    I love it! That color is fantastic and looks great on you. And your topstitching is just perfect!

    — Sam

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