Completed: Sienna Maker Jacket

Last summer I wanted to make a new coat and, after researching some patterns, settled on the Sienna maker jacket by Closet Core patterns. I traced and cut out the pattern pieces, ordered some fabric swatches, picked and ordered a lovely fuchsia canvas fabric and then lost momentum after the fabric took weeks to arrive. Summer became autumn and the immediate need for a new summer jacket disappeared.

With warmer weather the need for a new jacket became more urgent. My old summer coat has seen much better days and I don’t really want to wear it anymore because it’s starting to fall apart in places. I used to have another coat, a favourite that I’ve probably worn for 20 years but the year before last I sadly managed to lose it.

Front and back view of a woman wearing a fuchsia coloured Sienna Maker Jacket.

So, a couple of weeks ago when both my children stayed with their grandparents for a couple of days I took time off from work and continued with the Sienna maker jacket that I had started last year (it felt a bit like a gift to my future self that I already had all the pattern pieces ready to go!). I don’t often sew garments for myself anymore. It just takes too long when I only have an hour here or there and when it takes months to sew something I lose interest in the project. With several days uninterrupted sewing time, I managed to get the bodice completed. It then took another 2 weeks to finish a couple of seams, set in the sleeves and sew the hems.

Detail shot of the Sienna Maker Jacket collar and lapel.

I made Sienna maker jacket view B with the sleeves from view C. Those sleeve pockets are just too nice of a detail to not include, even though I doubt whether I’ll ever use them to store anything. I sewed a size 8 and did not make any changes to the pattern fit-wise. The only thing I would change next time are the sleeves because I find them a bit restrictive when I lift my arms. I am not sure if this due to the pockets that add a bit of extra stiffness to the sleeves because that is where it feels restrictive or whether I would find the sleeves without pockets restrictive as well.

The instructions and illustrations were pretty clear and I also looked at the Sienna maker jacket sewalong posts on the Closet Core blog a couple of times because some steps had a bit more explanation there. For example, this was the first time I sewed a notched collar and it was helpful to see some photos of this step.

Detail shot of the sleeve pocket on the Sienna Maker Jacket.

May 29, 2022

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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  1. Katinka

    It turned out beautiful. The colour really suits you very well. I’m sure it will be your new favourite for many years to come! I hope you keep finding the time to make something for yourself more often 🙂

    • Emmely

      Thank you! I hope so too!

  2. Mariss
    • Emmely

      Oh, if it would last for 20 years that would be fantastic!

  3. Kate Chiconi

    I can completely understand why you love this! It’s a great colour for you, it’s a very clever, practical and elegant design, and you’ve made some really good modifications. I can tell it’s already a favourite, but you know, you should really make another one soon, because when (not if) you wear it out, there will be another one waiting for you!

    • Emmely

      Thank you! It would certainly make future me happy to have a backup coat ready to go…. but first there are some other urgent things to take of like a new bag which is also long overdue!

  4. Joanna

    Beautiful work on your new lovely jacket!

  5. tierneycreates

    That is so amazing! Great color and great fit!


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