Cookie Blouson Jacket


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Hi! I am back today with more details on my Waffle Patterns Cookie Blouson. I made this jacket as part of my Momiform MAKEover post but I didn’t want to get too deep into details on that post or it would have been extremely long. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I spent more time on this jacket than any garment I’ve made recently! I’d been wanting to make this jacket for quite a while. I bought this wool/rayon plaid fabric at the end of last year with the intention of making it into this jacket. I was pregnant with Caroline at the time so I knew it would be a while until I actually did anything with the fabric. This pattern was the first thing I snapped up to sew for my Momiform MAKEover. Of course, it was the last thing I started sewing, which was a bit stressful because I’d never made a lined jacket before.

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I got the ponte that I used for the collar, cuffs, and hem band from Imagine Gnats shop. I was so happy that it turned out to be the perfect color match for the wine color in the plaid. I really got hung up on finding the right zippers for the jacket. I knew I wanted zips with metal teeth and I thought a brass colored metal would look best with the color of the fabric. The pattern calls for really specific zipper sizes. Sizes that don’t seem to exist anywhere in the USA. I was on the hunt for a 25.9″ separating zipper in sort of an oatmeal color with brass teeth. And I needed two smaller zippers that matched to use on the pockets. I don’t even want to think about how many hours of my life I lost on the quest for these zippers. Somehow I ended up finding a 26″ separating zipper that matched my criteria on Cleaner’s Supply. They also had the small zippers that I needed! Hooray!

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Once I got all of my supplies, including the rayon bemberg lining, I got to work. The jacket is unlined, but there is a tutorial on Yuki’s blog for how to line it. The actual construction of the coat went really smoothly. I got the outer coat made without any problems, but when I started in on the lining I realized the light bone colored lining fabric was so sheer that I could see all of the guts of the jacket right through it. I used the bemberg for the sleeves and made a last minute substitution of this awesome Lizzy House cat fabric that I had in my stash for the lining of the body. I think the lining is my favorite feature of the jacket!

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I really had a few head-scratcher moments when I was attaching the lining to the jacket, expecially at the cuffs. Thankfully it all came together perfectly! The only real problem I had with the jacket came when I got to the point of installing the zipper. My zipper turned out to be too long. I know it’s possible to remove teeth from zippers so I tried that but wasn’t able to get any of the teeth to budge. I was up against a deadline and sort of started to panic. In a last ditch effort I ordered the next smaller size zipper from Cleaner’s Supply, which was 24″. Thank goodness they have super fast shipping! I got my new zipper within two days and was able to get the jacket finished. The zipper is a little bit short on either end, but I don’t think it’s something anyone would notice.

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Now that I’ve gotten to wear this jacket out in the wild a bit there are a few things I would change if I make it again (which I would love to do for the spring if I could find a good floral fabric!) The pockets are really tiny and I can only get my whole hand in them if I ball my hands into fists. I can’t fit my cellphone all the way into the pocket so I would recommend making them bigger.  (By the way, I referenced April’s post about her Cookie Blouson a bunch of times as I was making mine and she recommended the same thing. But somehow I didn’t notice that part until it was too late!) Also, the back of the jacket seems to be a little bit shorter than the front. I wish I would have noticed this in the muslin stage! Next time I would lengthen the center back by 1.5″-2″ and taper it around to nothing at the center front.  I think I could also stand to go down a size through the bust and possibly raise the armholes a bit.

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I am really proud of how my jacket turned out and I’m glad I tackled my first jacket lining. Thanks again to Yuki from Waffle Patterns and Andrea from Go To Patterns for the generous donation of this pattern!



20 thoughts on “Cookie Blouson Jacket

  1. Teri, you are my hero!! I love this pattern and have been wanting to sew it for ages, and your version came out so nicely and is such a perfect garment for fall. I love everything about it, especially the cat lining! Great job and congrats on your first lined jacket. Hopefully all the extra work was worth it!


    1. Thanks, Carolyn! I thought I remembered you mentioning this jacket a long time ago– probably around the time I actually bought this fabric for the jacket. There aren’t a ton of versions of it out there on sewing blogs, which is a shame since it’s a great pattern. It really was worth all of the work. I hope you get a chance to make it sometime!


  2. Love this jacket, and the cat fabric lining? So perfect! I’ve ordered zips from before. They have every color you could imagine, and for most zips you can request a custom length. Very handy when jackets call for odd zip lengths!


    1. Thanks, Lisa! I am so glad I went with the cat lining! And thanks for the zipper tip. I have no idea how I didn’t come across that website when I was on the quest for zippers. I will have to bookmark it for next time.


  3. You did great!!!! I love it!! The lining is adorable. I’m a big fan of Zipit on etsy, although I don’t know if they have odd lengths, the selection is fantastic.


    1. Thanks, Inder! I actually tried to find what I needed at Zipit and they didn’t have too many separating zippers in stock. I love ordering from them when I can. Their customer service is great!


  4. This looks awesome Teri and you did a great job!! I am happy you got to swap out the lining fabric, because the cats are so cute! That’s the best part about making our own clothes, adding those cool little details!


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