Simplicity 8554

I hope everyone’s fall has been full of bonfires, hot chocolate, and beautiful turning leaves! My favorite part of fall is taking a long drive to gaze at the glorious array of technicolor while sipping on a coffee. And I’ve been able to stay pretty warm with our strange weather all because of this Simplicity jacket.

I’ve honestly had this pattern for over a year and just haven’t made it. I’m SO disappointed in myself for waiting so long! This is everything I’ve been looking for! It’s a great transition piece for both fall & spring with it being a soft grey.

I was able to purchase this pattern at Joann’s when they had .99cent sale! SCORE. I was also able to use a coupon for the fabric to get half off. The total cost of this project was only $14!! Now, I don’t normally get a deal this great – but I just had to share that because it is such a win. Here is the link to the fabric from Joann’s if your interested in making it yourself and then a couple more links of some other plaids that I think would be beautiful. 🙂–grey-white/15492689.html#q=plaid%2Brayon&start=1–Quilting-Cottons/Rayon/Rayon-Wovens/p/Belluci-LinenTencel—Ecru-x35153289.htm

These were the adjustments/details that I made to mine.

  1. I used a medium weight rayon from Joann’s. I’m not sure if there are really different weighted Rayon’s, but that is the fabric description and it feels a lot heavier than the rayon’s I use for the summer.
  2. I made view A. Due to fabric restriction I cut the length to view B.
  3. I made a straight size 8 and my fabric was 58” wide. It says that it required three yards of fabric, but since I wanted mine to be shorter like view B, I was able to make it with only two yards of fabric.
  4. I did not make the waist belt so that is also why I was able to get away with 2 yards.I’m super short waisted so I rarely belt things from the outside because there’s literally no space between my waist and hips and it ends up looking ridiculous.

I’ve worn this jacket SO many times since making it. Everyone has been shocked that I actually made this myself. Anything with a nice collar and beautiful pattern will impress people.  It’s probably my favorite make so far. But then again, don’t we sewists say that about each new thing?

I think I was somewhat fearful to make something like a jacket because it seems so intimidating. The front of the pattern even said “easy-to-sew” but I just didn’t believe it would be true. But it really was SO EASY. There are not that many pattern pieces and it has a beautiful drape to it that is very forgiving. So if you don’t get every technique perfect, it isn’t even notice. The project only took me a couple of hours not including cutting time.  

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned this past year in sewing is JUST TRY. If you fail, you don’t have to wear it. And you learn SO much just by simply trying. I signed up for SewMyStyle this past year and it was the biggest push to try new things. I encourage anyone that has had a pattern for over a year – JUST DO IT. I believe in you! And if you need emotional support or motivation along the way, just contact me. I’m more than happy to be there for you during your journey. 🙂

Also, try something new and sign up for SewMyStyle2019. It’s a wonderful community full of talented and encouraging sewists on all skill levels. Maybe you’ll try something you never did before, learn something new, find a new favorite pattern, or develop new friendships. You can go to to sign up for next year’s challenge. 🙂  




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