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Sew a Denim Jacket

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Lesson 2: Fabric & Supplies

This lesson will help you pick the right fabric for your Audrey jacket. We’ll also help you get prepped with all the supplies and notions you’ll need to tackle the project!

Transcript

In this lesson, we are going to talk about selecting fabric and gathering our supplies. In the previous section we talked about what we’ll cover in this class, or skip ahead to see how to choose a size. 

Audrey features a classic denim jacket design, making denim a natural choice for this project. Denim is a twill weave. Twills have a bit more flexibility and strength than a plain weave fabric, making them perfect for jackets and pants that’ll get a lot of wear. 

If you are interested in going the classic denim route, I recommend something in the 8 to 10 oz range. 8 oz is going to be something really great if you want something a bit more on the lightweight side. That’s actually what I have right here. But if you like a denim jacket that has a little bit more body, I recommend going with a 10 oz. Aside from all the classic indigo wash denims, you can also have a lot of fun with colored denim.

If color and print are what you are after, you can also search for medium to heavyweight twill fabrics. 

Canvas is another choice that will offer a lot of colors and print variety but keep in mind that canvas might tend to hang a little more stiffly than denim or other twills. 

One other option I’d like to talk about is corduroy. Corduroy is another really classic choice that would add a bit of texture and flair to your Audrey jacket. Just keep in mind that if you choose to work with a corduroy, you’ll want to take extra precautions when pressing like using a needle board to preserve the nap. 

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Audreys made by the community. So let’s get inspired!

For our denim jacket, I decided to go with a lighter, classic denim. We chose an 8 oz. I love this color because it looks really great with topstitching thread, which leads me to our next topic, notions!

In addition to selecting our main fabric, you will also have to select a light to medium weight woven fabric. This is for the pocket lining. In the instructions it recommends a muslin, but you can feel free to have some fun and choose something like a quilting weight cotton—that’s what I have here. Or a shirting will do the trick as well. You’re also going to want to gather all of your other sewing supplies.

You’re going to need some all-purpose thread, a pack of denim needles. Also be sure to grab a lightweight fusible interfacing (I recommend woven, it will be a lot more durable). You’ll also wanna grab some tack buttons also referred to as jean buttons. The project calls for 12, but you might want to grab some extra to practice with. And then optionally, you’re gonna want some topstitching thread. You can do your topstitching with your all-purpose thread, but a topstitching thread is really gonna pop. If you go the topstitching thread route, just keep in mind you’re going to have to rethread your machine for every topstitching step.

Some special tools you will want to have handy include: a pair of nice and sharp trimming scissors like I have here, a point turner so you can get some nice, sharp corners. You’ll also want a water-soluble marking tool, and then for setting your tack buttons you are going to need an awl and a mallet. 

Those are all the materials, supplies, and tools you’re gonna need to get started on your Audrey jacket. In the next lesson, I’m going to be covering selecting a size. 

Sew a Denim Jacket

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:


  • Audrey pattern

  • All purpose-polyester thread

  • Denim sewing machine needle

  • Topstitching thread

  • 1 yard of fusible interfacing

  • Twelve size 5/8” jeans buttons

  • Point turner

  • 1/2 yard of cotton muslin or other lining fabric

  • An awl, or something sharp to pierce your fabric with

  • A hammer

  • Medium to heavyweight denim or canvas

  • A small block of wood

  • A marking tool

  • Some fabric scraps

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