Butterick 6169

Man, life has been busy! I made this jacket, took photos, and drafted a post that has been sitting here for exactly a month. So yeah, this jacket was a last minute fall project, but the weather here has been cray cray warm, so I’ve managed to wear it so much more than I anticipated! I figured it would have been closeted until spring, but even this week—Christmas week—we’re looking at 60F degree weather. Unheard of out here in the Northeast. So anyway… I’ve been wanting a lightweight jacket as an alternative to my RTW denim jacket for a really long time. I love a denim jacket, but every once in a while it just doesn’t work with an outfit. So I decided to make Butterick 6169, which had been on my mind ever since it came out this past spring.

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I used a lightweight canvas from Joann’s for the shell and bemberg rayon for the lining. The canvas was pretty inexpensive, and I don’t think I’d really recommend this particular fabric. It’s thin, which is fine, but it’s a little bit “crispy” feeling. It has softened up a with wear, thankfully. Even though the fabric quality is a bit meh, its redeeming quality is the color—it’s the perfect neutral olive green and will go with so many different things in my wardrobe. I used a solid black bemberg for the lining. As much as I like bold colors or patterns for linings, I decided to keep it simple this time around. Ugh bemberg I hate working with you SO MUCH. But, it’s soft as buttah once all is said and done… worth the headache for sure.

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This pattern has been really popular, and for good reason. It’s fairly quick to make, as far as lined jackets go, and the exposed zip is a great feature. I did feel that the zipper was a little awkward to put in, though. The center of the zipper teeth are supposed to sit right on the seam line of the pattern piece, which means that you have to sew the zipper with a smaller seam allowance. So when sewing above and below the zipper, you have to kind of scoot your stitching line back to 5/8″. It looks totally fine in the end, so maybe I’m just being weird?

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I decided to top stitch many of the seams, using my 1/4″ foot as a guide. I wanted to use actual top stitching thread, but I couldn’t find a good color match and had to stick with regular thread. At least that saved me the trouble of switching out my thread constantly.

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I’m happy with the fit of the jacket, and I really didn’t fuss around with making many adjustments. I made an 8 through the shoulder and bust, grading out to the 10 at the side seams around the waist (my measurements here are approx 34″-28″-39″ and I’m fairly petite through my upper body). If I were using a heavier fabric I would have to go up a size, but for the most part this jacket will be worn with sleeveless tops and dresses, so I wanted it more fitted. I can easily wear a fitted long sleeve tee, but anything bulkier would be uncomfortable. I do like that the armhole is nice and high and the sleeves are narrow. I usually have to make alterations for that, but not this time.

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If I were to make this pattern again, I would do a forward shoulder adjustment and lengthen the sleeves. I usually add 1″ to sleeves but just forgot! Also, since I used a stiffer fabric, I had trouble with the seams that that required easing. If I were using a wool, or other more tailorable fabric, it would be totally fine. Overall, this is a really solid jacket pattern, and I wouldn’t mind making it again. It’s both streamlined and detailed and the style works with many different types of fabrics. Since our fall has lingered a bit I’m so glad I didn’t wait until the spring to sew it up!

lisa g.

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30 thoughts on “Butterick 6169

  1. Katie says:

    That’s reaaally nice! I have a very similar RTW jacket from Anthropologie – same colour and everything – that I’ve been meaning to replace for ages so maybe I’ll grab this pattern. I like the dress that’s included too!

  2. Nakisha says:

    I agree; I’ve made two and could totally see making more.

    I LOVE this. The color is so perfect!!!! And the fit is nice. Super cute!!

  3. kristin says:

    Oh it looks so great! Love that green! I was in a hurry/on a deadline when I made my version, but it would be nice to make another and take my time. Such a good style, eh?

  4. dokucug says:

    It’s just fantastic! Your jacket is making me regret not getting to this pattern last spring like I’d intended to. I’d planned white, but olive is such a versatile color – I have a couple RTW jackets in olive that I wear a lot. I’m glad the weather worked in your favor this fall so you could get some wear out of this!

  5. aleah says:

    Love it! I’m sort of obsessed with asymmetrical zipper jackets, but somehow, despite having earmarked more than one fabric and pattern toward that goal, I have yet to actually make one.

  6. Carolyn says:

    Oooh, that’s lovely! I really really need a jacket just like that, in that exact same colour too! Wishing you a very happy New Year, Lisa and I look forward to seeing what you make next! 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    You are so right, that is the perfect neutral green. You know that I am a big jean jacket fan, but it would be nice to have an alternative sometimes especially because my husband hates denim jackets. 😉 This looks great on you!

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