Hey y’all! Amy here. When we were planning the blog content and samples for the Sienna Maker Jacket launch and we were all choosing our fabric / views / mods for our own versions I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I have an old army surplus jacket that has a fuzzy removable lining and it was something I have been wanting to try construction wise. This jacket won’t get me all the way through our Montreal winter but the addition of a little warmth certainly can stretch it into December! Heather and I ventured out into our snowy neighbourhood to get some shots of this jacket in the wild.
We partnered with Robert Kaufman fabrics for this series of jackets and I already knew I wanted to do something inspired by the army jacket look. For the outer jacket I chose the Big Sur Canvas in a colour called Woodland – am I a lumberjack or what guys!? I made a size 10 from the 0-20 range in View A (the longest version). I added cuff tabs and buttons in case this turns into a studio jacket at some point and I need to get some work done in it. I probably could have made a smaller size but I knew I would want to be able to fit bulky sweaters under it and I personally just like a roomier piece of outerwear.
Again, when it came to choosing fabric I didn’t have to think too hard about it. I have been coveting this beefy, mammoth flannel for a while now and I knew it would make the perfect cozy lining (it is soooo plush). In this red buffalo check I was worried it would read a little too Christmas-sy with the army green but then I realized there was no such thing as too Christmas-sy! I will always want to wear this in the fall/winter when I am feeling PEAK jingle bells…so, not a problem!
I needed to consider the fact that I wanted the jacket to work with or without the lining. The inner pocket is covered by the lining (which is something I was fine with as this pattern has enough other pockets for me anyway.) I made the lining in the view B length since I didn’t want the fabric catching on my pants and again, I was sort of copying the design of my other army coat inspo. I did have to make the belt vent opening in the lining as well which was a novel problem to solve as the original coat was not a wrap one. But it proved fairly simple and is very functional (even though this picture is so silly).
I love how the visible hardware (these are the snaps from our Kelly Anorak kits and the D-rings from our shop) coordinate and add a little toughness to this version. I feel like I stepped out of an LL Bean catalogue in this jacket and I can’t wait to wear it at Christmas (in much warmer British Columbia) while we cut down our tree or go for hot chocolate.
Next week we are going to share the tutorial on how I constructed and installed this lining as well as some other ideas on how to line Sienna for winter. It is a fairly simple pattern to adapt and the options are just about endless in terms of what kinds of finished garments you can get out of one pattern! Did we get your wheels turning?