Monday, February 19, 2018

Testing, testing: Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket + Giveaway


Chalk and Notch has released the Joy Jacket pattern!


I was really excited to test this cool, casual jacket. Such lovely details on this drapey, lined, raglan sleeve jacket. That collar!! 


Here's how Gabriela at Chalk and Notch describes it:
The Joy Jacket is a fully lined, relaxed fit, mid-weight jacket. The center front zipper is exposed, and both views offer optional drawstrings at the neck and hem. View A has a wide collar and View B has a hood. The square patch pockets and angled patch pockets are interchangeable for both views.

And the story behind the Joy Jacket is really special, too. It's named in honor of Emily's late mother, Joy, and the pattern is based off of a jacket of hers. Read more about this touching tribute in the Chalk and Notch pattern release blog post.


So, I have a sewing confession: I'd never actually sewn a fully lined jacket before this. As such, this was a pretty exciting project for me! Wow, bagging a jacket lining is like MAGIC! I felt like a wizard. I was Hermione for a few minutes there as I pulled the jacket through that little hole in the sleeve lining, and it felt damn good.


The lining is rayon challis from my stash, a yard-sale purchase from last summer. You might remember it from another Chalk and Notch pattern test; I used it for my Fringe Dress, too!


My army-green 2-way antiqued brass zipper was purchased from Wawak, along with some tricot interfacing. That was my first time ordering from Wawak- the package came soooo fast! I am a convert.


My main fabric is a 55% linen/45% rayon blend, Robert Kaufman Brussels washer linen in O.D. green from Hart's Fabric. Having used this substrate a couple times before (see Lottie and Zeena) I knew it would be perfect for the Joy Jacket pattern. I love this fabric so much: the beautiful earthy, slubby texture of linen, mixed with the killer drape of rayon. Yes.


I chose a size 16 blended to a size 16/18 at the hip, with no other fit changes, and I am really happy with how it fits! The Joy Jacket is quite an easy fitting jacket, but Gabriela has added some nice features to help perfect the shoulders. The two-piece raglan sleeve has a bit of extra seam allowance to help get the curve right for different shoulder shapes. 


I love the angled way the collar attaches to the bodice of the coat... and the angled, lined pockets are awesome, too. The angle is just right; you never want to take your hands out of them.


The Joy Jacket pattern includes an option for a grommets and a drawstring at the collar (or hood) and hem. I didn't include them on mine, although when I make the jacket again, I will definitely try to find coordinating grommets! A little bird (well, Gabriela) told me that Chalk and Notch will be selling hardware kits for the Joy Jacket to make sourcing coordinating findings easier.


I really love this jacket and can't wait to make another. My husband was super jealous, too, when I enthusiastically showed him the finished product. He wants one now, too! I actually think the Joy Jacket could work really well for a man with a few fit adjustments. I told him not to hold his breath, though!


Here come the fun part: Gabriela has generously given me one copy of the Joy Jacket pattern to give away to a lucky reader! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!


111 comments:

  1. Your jacket looks fantastic. Such a pretty design! I think I would try to use the same fabric if I made it.

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  2. This jacket looks like it will be very popular!

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  3. Looks like I'll be following my leader with this little beauty as we head into Autumn.

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  4. I’d make this in something water-resistant and line the body and pockets in flannel.

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  5. Looks like I'll be following my leader with this little beauty as we head into Autumn.

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  6. What a great jacket! Perfect for spring, if spring ever comes.

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  7. I love this jacket! I’ve never sewn one before but I’d like to try.

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  8. Love this! That linen rayon blend seems perfect for the shell. I'd either try that or find something water reaistant. Either way, it looks like a great pattern to try!

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  9. I really really love this! You did such an amazing job and the color of that outer fabric is just gorgeous! I have NO idea what I’d use for fabric for mine but I want one! Lol!

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  10. Looks so good on you! I would love to try this jacket pattern with a tencil twill.

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  11. I'd like to use a soft denim fabric. I think it would perfect for Spring!

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  12. Lovely jacket, and the color is so flattering on you!

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  13. I'm loving the way that collar sets in, I could totally see having fun with color blocking with that and maybe the raglan sleeves. Then again, I am loving the solid green you did!

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  14. The jacket is gorgeous! I think I might try some cooper from Blackbird Fabrics for mine.

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  15. I have some linen rayon as well, but it's a bold print. I like your solid color-another reason to go shopping! Love the jacket

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  16. I love your version and totally need this pattern!! I think it could look great in waxed cotton!

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  17. Probably use a cotton twill. Love the collar and pockets on this style of jacket.

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  18. I love yours! I’d like to source some technical type fabric to make a jacket for hiking.

    Corinnea

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  19. I love this pattern and I am going to try to use similar fabric!! It is perfect for spring!!

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  20. I love how this jacket merges comfort and casual but doesn’t look slouchy. I’d chosen the same type fabric but in purple. :)

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  21. Love your new jacket!! I'd like to copycat yours in a Kaufman Brussels washer linen.

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  22. I've got some olive twill that would be great for this

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  23. I love this!! I'd love to use a similar fabric in black!

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  24. This looks great! I really love the collar design.

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  25. Your jacket looks fantastic. I think a drapey denim would look good too.

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  26. I love it! Looks like a project I could do as I ease back into sewing after 20 years, I'd use the same fabric for the outside, I love linen! And a lightweight cotton funky print inside

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  27. You know it's been interesting watching your sewing journey as you've changed continents and temperatures! It's also interesting to see you discover suppliers - I like the jacket. It looks great on you and I'm so happy you love it.

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  28. Nice to see a version made without the drawstrings as I think that would be my choice too. Love the color. Thanks for the tip about the fabric. It looks lovely on you; no wonder your husband is jealous!

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  29. This is a gorgeous jacket, and I would to make something like that, either for myself or someone I love.

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  30. Lovely sew! I might try a light denim or maybe even a baby cord.

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  31. Pretty jacket! I have a gorgeous nightime cityscape denim that I would like to try with this.

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  32. Your jacket is lovely. I've also not done a fully lined jacket and I'm quite excited at the prospect!

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  34. What a great looking jacket! I really like the collar and the pockets. I am not sure if I would use the linen/rayon blend or a waxed canvas/waterproofed fabric.

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  35. That Jacket suits you - Think I would/will go with the same RK washer linen in grey or chestnut. Seems to be the perfect substrate for our crazy NC weather swings!

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  36. I would love to make it with a similar fabric.

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  37. I might make this in a lightweight denim!

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  38. Love your jacket and fabric choice!

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  39. I’d use a cotton twill, probably in a similar color to yours! It’s a favorite of mine!

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  40. Great Jacket. I might be a copy cat and use the same fabric.

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  41. Denim for sure, maybe soft shell.

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  42. Awesome jacket. It looks terrific on you. I love all of my Eileen Fisher jackets and this one would fit in my collection perfectly.

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    1. Also I have some tencel twill in my stash that might be great for this!. love the drape of yours!

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  44. I love the idea of a linen rayon, too!

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  45. Olive green twill, love the look of yours!

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  46. This is absolutely stunning. I'm on a fabric/patterns fast and really, really want this pattern. :D g

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  48. Gorgeous! I love the look of this, and the pop of fun pattern in the lining is awesome!

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  49. Your jacket looks great, & easy enough for intermediate sewist to accomplish! I would love to make it in a thin-ish felt, with a satin jacquard lining

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  50. Ooh that’s a really nice jacket, not too complicated either I bet. I’d make a plain black one to go with everything but give it a funky lining fabric

    Romybuysthings@gmail com

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  51. I've always wanted to try tencel so I'd probably pick a tencel twill. I'd likely have to order online so I guess it would depend exactly what I could find to buy! Your jacket looks wonderful.

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  52. Melani hippolicious@hotmail.comFebruary 19, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    I really like the shades of green of your jacket, I’ll probably use a dark olive tencel twill from my stash if I make the jacket (a newbie so a bit scared with the whole lined jacket sewing lol ...)

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  53. I love this jacket and your choice of fabric! I am fortunate to have Harts as my local fabric store, so I'm heading over there tomorrow!

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  54. Love your jacket! I would make this in a rip stop nylon or something for rainwear

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  55. Yours looks wonderfully made and a perfect fit. I was thinking of denim. I was also thinking how much my mom would have loved this jacket.

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  56. I love your fabric and that is probably what I would use. The jacket looks great on you!

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  57. I’d try a linen blend or maybe even a sweatshirt material if it wasn’t too bulky.

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  58. Looks great! I think this would look great in a tencel fabric as well.

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  59. THAT fabric - I want a jacket twin! The colour is also just gorgeous. The whole thing fits and suits you beautifully - one of my favourite of your makes this year for sure.

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  60. Fantastic to see a new pattern that is unlike so many others!

    Your choice of fabric looks ideal but am wondering how it would work with a brocade with a soft hand. Will look forward to see other tester versions!

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  61. The jacket is gorgeous. I would use softshell or some kind of waterproof fabric to make one for rainy days

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  62. What a fantastic jacket! It sounds like it was straightforward to fit too which is brilliant. I stumbled across some sand washed tencel I've never seen in New Zealand before today. Now to decide upon a colour! Thanks for your inspiration as always.

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  63. Yours does look fabulous. I’d actually consider the same fabric you’ve used, because yours looks so great (I could choose another colour for a nod to originality). Otherwise I’d have to think... something warm and waterproof, some sort of wool or polarfleece, probably.

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  64. I love this jacket too. I have some mustard coloured corduroy in the stash that would be perfect for this.

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  65. I'd like to see it in a corduroy, but would the fabric be too thick I wonder...

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  66. If summer ever goes away, I'd love to try this jacket (I'm doing the RTW18 fast and can't buy one).

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  67. Love this jacket! Can see it in so many fabrics/ variations! Seersucker for a lightweight summer version, fleece for a casual fall raking the leaves version, wool flannel for those on the cusp fall/winter , winter/spring days, and of course a laminate cotton for a fun rain jacket.

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  68. Your jacket looks so great and I love the idea of using the Brussels linen blend. No wonder your husband is jealous!

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  69. I would definitely use a linen blend as well for a light spring jacket! Love this pattern!

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  70. Love this jacket style and your completed version! This pattern looks like a winner!

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  71. I love it! I'm seeing it in a white canvas with a bright blue lining and blue topstitching

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  72. Your jacket is awesome! I have some lightweight denim that would be good for a casual jacket.... I have a pretty wool that would make a great fall jacket... There are so many possibilities!

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  73. I'd use a stretch denim with a pretty rayon print for the lining

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  74. I do like the linen ...I even really like the color

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  75. Ohh I love your version, looks amazing. I would love to win the giveaway. I've never sewn a jacket before, it's quite intimidating but would love to try.

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  76. Great looking jacket. I'd find a similar, if not the same, blend as I'm loving linen lately! Good job!

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  77. What a perfect spring jacket!! Your version looks amazing on you, and I love so much about this jacket--including the ease in the shoulders.

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  78. love this jacket...love your green fabric...love, love, love!

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  79. This pattern is interesting. I would probably use a double gauze or maybe a linen.

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  80. Hmmm, I think this might look really good in the weird pink denim I dyed with avocado pits last year... I've yet to use it, ever since realizing that the color might be a little too close to flesh tone for pants. A jacket could be perfect!

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  81. I have some leopard twill that would work nicely for this!

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  82. I love your version! I thought I was set on tencel twill, but a linen/rayon blend might be my pick now. I'd also love to make a fleece version to replace my favorite jacket that has seen better days.

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  83. Maybe a heavy weight cotton or twill.

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  84. I think I would use a twill or pretty colored denim. Might be a bit difficult to sew with but I’d get more use out of it in Iowa weather.

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  85. I love the neckline and collar on this jacket! I have a bright red sueded microfiber that's been waiting for the right project for years. I think I've just found that project.

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  86. Cant wait to try this one! Definitely want to try one in linen along witb the twill one I have fabric ready for!

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  87. I have a great fabric option in my stash already ! Love your green though....

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  88. I have a shower curtain with cameras printed on it I've been saving to make into a windbreaker/raincoat type jacket and I think this would be the perfect pattern to finally use it!

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  89. Ohhhh, this would be a great alternative to the kelly anorak which. I'd make it in a waterproof nylon or waxed cotton for a light spring rain jacket. Love that the shoulder has extra allowance for a variety of shapes - an appreciated detail for the broad shouldered among us.

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    1. Me too! I was going to ask if nylon rainwear fabric would work. What I have- royal blue- is light weight. It should work. I have the Kelly, but this looks like a quicker make. This would be great for wearing to and from work, getting in and out of the car.

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  90. Ooooh. Jacket envy! I don't really want to sew a fully lined jacket, but I really want this one!

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  91. great jacket Meg, i always love your makes so thanks for sharing. i'd use a wool blend

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  92. I love your jacket Meg. I think I would use a Linen blend.

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  93. Beautiful jacket. I would love to try using a tencel twill

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  94. I have to be honest, I've been eyeing this jacket, especially since I read the story behind its name. I would use a tencel twill, in a deep blue, I think. Love your jacket!

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  95. oh man, I would love to use a dark grey or a drab olive fabric to make myself one of these! LOVE it!

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  96. The floral lining is fantastic! I think I'd make one in a dusty rose or something super bright.

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  97. I’d use some showerproof twill from the stash. It’d work so well with the collar

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  98. Nice! I have some rather nice patterned showerproof fabric that I'd use.

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  99. Love your jacket. The fabric is perfect for it.

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  100. I love this jacket. Any chance of you cross posting this review to CSC with some extra info for curvy sewers? I know the size range is limited, but I come in within the range with my usual huge FBA. But how much ease is there? Would the shoulder shaping stuff help with other fitting? Inquiring (and curvy) minds want to know. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Ann.

      I don't have plans Bto post anything on the CSC about this jacket, mainly because of the limited size range. But I'm happy to answer your questions here: for size 18, it looks like the finished bust measurement is 7" larger than the bust measurement, finished hip is 6" larger than hip measurement. I imagine the extra seam allowance in the sleeve could help a bit with square or sloping shoulder issues, and could help if you need more room in the bicep or forearm. But I found the sleeves plenty roomy and I typically do a 1" full bicep adjustment to most patterns.

      Hope that helps!

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