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Butterick 6569 Jacket -- a Classic with a Twist

Butterick 6569 is a contemporary take on the classic baseball or bomber jacket with a generous collar to frame your face, two pockets, an exposed zipper and a flattering angled front joining the flared back.

The collar, cuffs and front trim can be sewn with a ribbed trim or any reasonably stable knit. Ponte works well -- for any part of this jacket actually, as does fleece or a sweater knit. If using a lighter weight knit consider a lighter weight zipper. All the fabrics used here are from MarcyTilton.com (of course). Please note that some fabrics may be out of stock but great new fabrics are always available.

The back on this version is made from one of the marvelous printed Pontes from Marcy's website.

Combined with a piece of over-dyed check on the front, it's a personal wardrobe favorite that spices up my basic blacks. The over-dyed check is a very stable knit so cutting it on the bias (yikes!) worked just fine in this case. Using a stable knit assures the sewing construction will go smoothly. The zipper tape is shiny (I think it was described as 'waterproof') which adds a nice textural contrast.

Keeping the zipper in place with double-face tape (either Dritz sewing and Craft Tape or Washaway Wonder Tape) makes installing the separating zipper super simple.

Make sure the zipper is placed correctly for the first stitching -- place it on the wrong side of the front with teeth facing away from the seam line. Pin in place and turn to make sure it's going on the right way. After the first stitching, when you turn the zipper to the right side and stitch it down again the raw seam edge is hidden and everything is nice and neatly finished.

I'm gathering materials and preparing to go to a Diane Ericson Design Outside the Lines retreat in Ashland in March. Christine Mayer from Germany is the guest artist and I'm excited to see how their creativity meshes, divides, tangents, inspires and expands what I do. Where might a week immersed with a group of fabulous women (long-time friends and new) take me?

In this moment it's taking me to my studio to make some new clothes to wear the week of the retreat!

What's on your sewing table today?