Okay, now that’ I’ve gotten that out of my system…I am so excited to share my tester version of the Joy Jacket by Chalk and Notch! I still can’t believe that 1. I was chosen to test this pattern and 2. I made a lined jacket (okay so it still isn’t totally out of my system).

The Joy Jacket has a beautiful inspiration story behind it, and it makes my version (and future versions) even more special. You should definitely read more about it over in the release post. As soon as I saw that this pattern was in the works and read the story behind it, I knew that I needed it in my closet. I’m honored to join the other testers sharing this gorgeous pattern today!

Gabriela is a pattern drafting wizard (or goddess? or both?), and this coat is amazing. She describes it best: 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.

Again, I’m still shocked that I made this coat–lining (see?! still going) and all. For my test version of View A I used a light grey linen blend from Joann Fabrics for the main part of the jacket and a drapey rayon blend (also from Joann’s) for the lining. The two combined make for a perfect spring jacket, but together they also proved to make things a little difficult for me in a few places.

The linen fabric is a little wrinkly in places. Unfortunately no matter what I tried I could not get it to press any better than what I’ve ended up with. But I don’t hate it! The lining is like butter on the inside–it feels so good I can’t wait to wear it again and again.

I took this opportunity to also test out my new DIY clothing labels (check out this Instagram post for more info) and I love how they turned out! The label adds more of a RTW feel, surprisingly, along with the optional coat loop that I looooove.

The fit of this coat allows for a little extra room–I was able to comfortably wear it and zip it up while wearing a sweater. I made a size 16 and did an FBA, and the fit was spot on for me. Originally I had made a quick muslin of a straight size 16, and I got a loooooot of bunching in the back. That’s very common for me with any top pattern I work on, even knits, and usually I just do a swayback adjustment to fix the problem. However, Gabriela suggested an FBA originally for my measurements, and after looking into the adjustment (which I’ve made before) I learned that an FBA would probably fix the bunching in this jacket and in most cases! Huzzah!

If you make any FBA changes be sure to add them to the front main pieces and the front lining pieces. Also double check the width of each of these–I think that’s where I got a little bit of random bunching in certain places. I’m also chalking it up tot the fabric I used.

On that note, I’m really excited to make another version in a different fabric. (I’m thinking view B would make the perfect spring/summer rain coat!). I’ve been looking at sourcing some tencel twill but I’m still not sure. Which version will you make first?

I’m so grateful to share that Gabriela has very generously given me a copy of The Joy Jacket PDF pattern to giveaway here on my blog! Check it out below. This giveaway will run from today (2/19) until Friday (2/23). I’ll share the winner on Saturday morning!

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16 thoughts on “Pattern Testing + A GIVEAWAY | The Joy Jacket”

  1. Would love to try this amazing jacket pattern! However, I am nervous about PDF pattern printing I have never attempted it!

  2. Your Joy looks amazing! I’d love to try making it but I think I may have to grade out the hips a little from the largest size, and not sure how difficult that would be.

  3. I like the fabric combo you picked! Looks super cozy. It’s also super helpful to see the pattern on someone who did an FBA and is close to my size- it really helps visualize how it would work!

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