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My Completed Islander Sewing Jacket!!!!

Mar 13, 2014 | Other | 8 comments

Hi All!!

Finally it’s here!! I have completed my Islander Sewing System jacket!! And I love it!

If you didn’t read my post before about me making this jacket- then all you need to know is that my mom bought me a course on taught by Janet Pray (the woman behind the Islander Sewing System) who teaches you how to achieve industry sewing techniques at home through making her ‘Jacket Express’. I absolutely loved this course- Janet is such a great teacher and I learned so many tips and tricks- I can’t wait to dig out all my jacket patterns and apply everything I learned!

Anyways without further delay, here is my jacket!

The Front- all buttoned up!

Is my hair ever getting long….

When I’m feeling like a bad-ass and poppin’ my collar, lol

But when I’m not feeling so bad-ass I just smile big and pretend I’m a bird flying..

I kinda fell in love with the yoke fabric I picked, I was a little unsure about it when it was under construction, but I’m totally into it now- and the silver buttons I chose.

And the inside is so NICE and finished looking!! AHH- no lining but so finished looking!!! <3

If you’re wondering how I’m getting such glamourous pictures, it would be because of this super professional set up here:

I don’t call this unprofessional- I call it resourceful.

More importantly!! The details- because this is one of those projects that is so well made that you don’t mind taking close-ups of the top stitching and things!!

Check out my topstitching!! a needle-width away from the edge, then 1/4″ away- for the most RTW look! I used black thread for my topstitching and a fairly short stitch length, and I like the effect! (I used a cream colour topstitching on the yoke as you can see)

I also mastered welt pockets, they look really good but I put them in so the welt is on the wrong side… which was an artistic decision… 
Now on to the inside- look how finished it is! I finished the edges with my serger and grey thread and it blends in almost invisibly! What I love most about this jacket is that it feels so sturdy- I’m not afraid to throw it in the washer and dryer or really be rough on it!

As you can see I did the interior cuff in the same printed fabric as the yoke! Just for a nice little detail. Which looks nice if you want to roll the sleeves up- which I always do. Although I realize I rolled them up further for the pics.

The back yoke all finished with the burrito method!

And this is the project where I tackled my fear of buttonholes! I have an old machine so there aren’t all the special features for button holes, and I didn’t have one of those special button hole feet here either because I think it is at home- so I managed to do these with just my regular foot.

These ones were my practice ones to get the hang of it- and I think I did a pretty good job on the finished project- with all 6 buttons (4 on the front and 1 for each cuff)!

By the end my fear was conquered!! I will never avoid a pattern again because it has buttons! Also I can say much of my success with this can be attributed to this youtube video: How to Sew a Buttonhole with an Old Machine, SO HELPFUL OMG! I used their method exact and it was perfect every time!!

I am really looking forward to wearing this in the spring (why must it still be -7 out?) and even more excited to make another jacket for myself!! 🙂

If you have any questions/ comments please leave them below!!

– Now back to the sewing machine!!

xo erin


  1. Anonymous

    Totally love! It's got a nice Western vibe without being tacky – a hard feat to pull off (and that's coming from a girl who is very proud of her Western routes!).

    – C

    • EmeraldErin

      Aww thanks!! I was a little worried about it looking tacky but I really love how it turned out- I think it will look even better when I break it in a little. 🙂

  2. Miss J

    Yes, I love this girl, great job with the contrast yoke.I have this pattern and never made it up, you've given me a push to get on with it.
    Keep poppin ya colllar!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks!!! I would love to see when you make yours! 🙂

  3. eforshopping

    Erin, I hadn't seen this before LOVE it!!!! Thanks for the heads up on the class. It's in my wish list now. 🙂


    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Michelle! I know this is such a throw-back now! Still loving it though 🙂

    • Katharine

      Great! You look fab in your jacket1 The class is on sale now – your review has pushed me over the edge 🙂

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Katherine! This was so long ago, but I still love it!


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