Sydney jacket

One of the gaps I identified in my wardrobe during Me-Made-May’15 was handmade coats and jackets. I had one, which got a bit overused, so when I saw the Tessuti Sydney Jacket pattern, I knew that I had just the fabric in my stash to make it. I was further enabled by my fellow classmates in the pattern making class I attend at Workspace FADS – we are all terrible 🙂


I love the back of this jacket, although I need to press out those fold lines…

The pattern is designed for non-fraying fabric, such as felted wool or ponte. You can see from the pattern photo below that the sleeves are elbow length

sydney jacket

but I extended the sleeves.


This was a subject of some discussion in the pattern making class. Sarah, our teacher, believes that the long sleeves give the coat balance. This is too technical for me, I just wanted warm arms!

The sleeves on the coat are quite interesting. There are two pattern pieces, so I simply cut two extensions and joined them where the original sleeve ended. I could have extended the pattern pieces themselves to eliminate the join, but I used some scraps. Next time I might do this because they do look a bit bulky.


This coat could almost be reversible, except that the pockets prevent this. I love the pockets, they are just cut into the fabric with the pocket bags on the inside. Very simple because of the non-fraying fabric.

I used some felted, foiled wool in brown. My only other hand made jacket is made from the same fabric, but in charcoal. I bought both lots of fabric on sale, but see that it’s back to its original price now, so feeling smug. This fabric is amazing – I threw it in the washing machine on a wool cycle, it didn’t shrink and it dried in about 5 minutes. My sort of fabric!

I’m going to put a leather clasp on the jacket. It’s supposed to be worn open, but I like my jackets closed for some reason.


We’ve had conversations in class about the fabric used for this jacket, and I think I might do another one in a regular wool, but using internal bound seams. The seams on this jacket are lapped, which means that one edge is visible. I really like the look of this as a design feature, but hidden seams will look ok.

In a nutshell: Pattern is the Tessuti Sydney Jacket, made from felted, foiled wool from Knitwit, Nedlands. Tatty jeans are RTW but altered to fit me. I need new jeans! Jumper is hand knitted and yet to be blogged.


21 thoughts on “Sydney jacket

  1. I love this jacket! The longer sleeves look smart, fabric is gorgeous. Agree with having the option to secure the jacket, especially against blustery cold winds that we can be up against.

  2. This is a great jacket. It would also be a good pattern to use for a Kantha quilt jacket (made with saris). I much prefer the long sleeves. The Tessuti pictures look weird with short ones. The jumper is looking good too!

  3. Lovely! Great fabric and the longer sleeves look good. Ive liked all the recent Sydney jackets, looking forward to making one myself.

  4. I was looking at the sample coat in Tessuti recently, and thought it could do with having the sleeves a bit longer. Thank you for showing me how that would look. I also wondered about using a different fabric and having finished seams, so I look forward to seeing how you go with that. Great coat Sue!

  5. Yes it is lovely, the colour and texture of that wool is so yummy. It’s so funny seeing your weather change. It only seems like yesterday when you were in the summery dresses and tops but it really brings home to me the upside down world we live in. Here we are in the UK in our summer – the longest day is tomorrow 21 June and you look like you are leading up to a cold winter.

  6. Yes this is a really nice outcome and I agree it looks balanced with the longer sleeves. Also I figured it needed some kind of closure. Just a great look overall. Well done.

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