The Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket women’s jacket sewing pattern is the perfect transitional jacket between cool and warm weather! Read more for a full sewing pattern review and photos.
This sewing project was created as part of a paid collaboration with Chalk and Notch as a member of their 2020 Collaborators Team. This blog post was written separate from the collaboration and all opinions are of my own.
If you have seen some of my previous posts, you know that I am IN LOVE with Chalk and Notch sewing patterns! Chalk and Notch patterns are super petite friendly and love that their patterns are stylish and easy to follow. I have made their Fringe Dress and Blouse pattern a couple times and have sewed their comfy Page Hoodie as well.
Chalk and Notch reached out to me to be part of their 2020 Collaborators Team and I felt so honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on a project! I had the option of selecting a project to sew. I wanted to make something a bit different than my usual projects lately (blouses, dresses, and loungewear), and one of their patterns stood out to me as the perfect one to make!
The Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket Sewing Pattern
The Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket was the perfect pattern for me to sew for this project! I wanted to make something that would serve me well as the weather transitioned from summer to fall, and this lightweight jacket was the perfect match for that criteria! I have been needing a lighter jacket as most of mine are heavier winter coats.
My First Impression of the Joy Jacket Sewing Pattern
Since I already know that Chalk and Notch patterns are super well-made and easy to follow, there wasn’t much of a learning curve as far as learning a new pattern designer’s instruction and design style. When I looked through the instructions and required materials, I definitely made a very organized list as there are a bit more elements to the jacket than my typical project. Main fabric, lining fabric, grommets, a zipper, and drawstring caps/aglets ended up on my shopping list!
Sewing My Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket
Sizing, Adjustments, and Customization
I chose to sew a size 4. My measurements are 34-29-38 and the pattern size 4 measurements are 34-27-37. I decided to make my decision based on the bust and hip size since I figured there would be enough ease in the waist. I chose to sew View B, which is the hooded option. It can get pretty rainy in the Pacific Northwest, so a hood is super essential in my wardrobe!
The only adjustment I made is that I shortened the sleeve by 2 inches. This is pretty standard for me and it an adjustment I am already used to! I did not make any additional customizations to my Joy Jacket.
Fabric & Hardware Choices
I decided to make my Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket with a 6 oz Tencel Twill from Blackbird Fabrics in Dusty Mauve. It is such a great color for fall, and I am a total sucker for mauve. The lining of my jacket is a floral rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, which adds a fun pop of print!
For my jacket hardware, I used a 26 inch brass jacket zipper from WAWAK. I purchased my grommets from The Buckle Guy, as their grommets were the closest match to my zipper. Lastly, I decided to finish my drawstring ends with metal aglets and purchased them from Lace Lab. I could have just knotted the ends of my drawstrings, but I didn’t want to have unfinished ends with a beautiful zipper and grommets. I will definitely be capping the ends of all my drawstrings moving forward with aglets! If you want to see a tutorial of how I installed them, I have a how-to blog post here!
The sewing process was straightforward with no hiccups! I did not find any parts of the pattern difficult to sew. As usual, I had a hard time with the zippers, but that is because I do not get along with zippers very well! One thing I did have to be mindful of is matching the front seams that create a V from the center front zipper. I didn’t get quite as perfect of a match as I would have liked, but close enough!
Final Impression and Results of my Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket
The Joy Jacket pattern is the perfect women’s jacket sewing pattern for intermediate to advanced sewists. I highly recommend it if you are new to sewing jackets. Chalk and Notch writes such excellent sewing instructions, and there is a Joy Jacket Sew-Along on their website as well to assist with your sewing process!
Overall, I am so happy with how my Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket turned out. I am so excited to wear my Joy Jacket more in the fall and spring seasons!