Hampton Jean / Denim Jacket by Alina Sewing Design Co Review

Fabric used: Heavy denim

How is the sizing? I made a size smaller and I’m very happy with the fit. It looks just like the line drawings. The pattern comes in sizes 0-18. Not that size inclusive.

How clear are the instructions? Very good. The welt pockets tested me though.

Is it worth buying? I didn’t have to do any alteration so it was worth the $15. However, if you have a bigger bust I’m unsure this would work that well.

The Process Review

I’m going to state the obvious here – this jean jacket pattern is a time-consuming sewing project.

You can see from the line drawing that there are quite a few panels to cut out and to overlock. After that you can go wild with denim distressing. My colleague gave me a tip after I finished the jacket – apparently rubbing it against a brick wall is the way to go…or at least that’s what her dad did in the 80’s. Do you remember that Kate Moss advert when she looks into the camera and says “Get the London look”? I imagine those trashed jackets were the London look back then.

The sewalong on Alina Sewing and Design site has all the information you need. All I would say is make sure you have a heavy duty needle and some clips. When you sew the bottom band you will have a lot of layers to work with so holding them together will be just as important as a heavy duty needle.

Let’s look at some close ups. I think it’s important to accept that your topstitching probably won’t be 100% perfect on the whole jacket. Maybe it’s just me but with the bulky seams it was pretty difficult and I’m willing to unpick only so many times.

I wear this jacket a lot, it goes with pretty much everything and I love it. I’d like to make a dark denim version too but I have to be in the right state of mind for this project. It took me about 16 hours from start to finish and right now I want quick and easy wins.

Monika x

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