And because the fabric was quite thick, I thought a lapped seam construction was best. I loved how it turned out because it mimicked the look of a sherpa fleece jacket. I'm sure there are many tutorials on how to do lapped seam but I love this tutorial by Kathryn Brenne. I have tried it before when I sewed with scuba knit and I adapted the method to handle all the seams on this jacket, including the facings and front openings. I did used some shortcuts to facilitate the process.
Instead of marking my 5/8" seam guidelines with marker, I just machine basted them. I found it faster because there was already a seam guide on the sewing machine.
Below are pictures showing the succeeding steps in the lapped seam construction:
|Trimming the seam allowance from the overlapping seam.|
|Pinning the overlapping seam to the underlying seam. For straightforward seams, I did away with handbasting.|
|Edgestitching and topstitching on the overlapping layers. When securing thread ends I had to take note of the 5/8" mark where the overlapping seam will be trimmed.|
|Excess fabric trimmed from the wrong side.|
|Closeup of the lapped seam in the right front area and armhole.|
|Lapped seam used on the sleeve and sleeve band.|
|To finish the front openings, I bound the edges with one inch strips of self-fabric and topstitched.|
|For the bottom hem, I just turned the hem allowance in and topstitched.|
|For the snap closures, I disregarded the marked locations from the pattern and adjusted to fit.|
|I sewed on a label to the back neck facing to secure the facing to the jacket. I also tacked the facing along the shoulder seams.|
|I love how my jacket feels! It is super soft and cozy. It has a lot of ease so I can easily wear a medium weight sweater underneath.|
|I usually prefer lined jackets but this was one instance when a lining would not have been a good idea because it would have covered that soft warm fleece.|