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Black Denim Jacket Ethan Flip

Ethan Shirt Flipped to Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

Ethan Shirt Flipped to Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

We accepted Frances Suzanne’s challenge to flip the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom.  Of course, first of all we had to sew an unflipped version of the Ethan Shirt, but we’ll get to that another time.  When we can get the boy convinced to show his face on a SKIRT blog!

Ethan Jacket Flip

I knew I wanted to flip the Ethan Shirt several ways in general.  Into something for a girl.  Into a jacket.  And then I remembered this oh so fancy black embroidered denim I’d purchased on time to make into a denim skirt.  So this post could be called The Skirt That Wasn’t!  But I digress.  So I showed the pattern to Aria, my tween, and she wasn’t impressed.  Then I showed her the fabric and she was more enthusiastic.  Finally I showed her an inspiration photo and she was totally on board..

Ethan Shirt Flip

Here are the little, technical ways I flipped the Ethan Shirt into a black denim jacket.

Black denim jacket

I changed the shape of the back yoke, sewed it only at the top and sides and added a button and buttonhole.

Black Denim Jacket by Skirt Fixation

I added a belt and belt loops top the waist.

Sleeve detail

I changed the sleeves by omitting the button placket and cuff and adding a faux belt and belt loops to the sleeve bottoms.  Also a button and button hole on each sleeve belt.  I’m sure there’s a more technical name for it than sleeve belt, but it escapes me at the moment.  Whatever!  All I know is Aria and I love this little detail!

Belt loops on black denim jacket

Here’s a secret little tip on easy belt loops instead of sewing a little tube and turning it, use seam binding.  I did!  It’s reinforced/top stitched to add strength and character.

black embroidered denim jacket

I changed the shape of the hem to be straight all around.

collar detail

I used a little stiffer interfacing on the collar and collar stand to accommodate because I was making a jacket, not a shirt.

denim jacket button placket

I omitted the button placket down the front, opting for a more jacket like closure.

Black Denim Jacket

We stopped the buttons just below the waist so for ease of walking and sitting.  But the jacket still looks format when standing without corrupting the straight shape.

Jacket with back tie

The belt can also be looped back around and tied in the back.

button down jacket

Or the jacket can be partially buttoned.

denim jacket with welt pockets

I added welt pockets!  Welt pockets, people!  This was my first time, and I was so pleased with the professional results!

Fortune Cookie fabric

For the pocket material, I departed from the sober feel of the jacket and used fortune cookie fabric!

Finished jacket inside

I finished each interior seam with either seam binding or a flat felled seam.

topstitching

And topstitched every seam.  Sometimes twice!  But it looks soooo good, don’t you think so?

Wide shouldered black denim jacket

I did not change anything about the armholes or width of the Ethan shirt for the denim jacket.  The dimensions ended up being perfect.  I used the largest size, size 14.

side detail

Now I’ll tell you one tiny thing I’m not happy with about this black denim jacket.  Because of the large scale of the embroidery pattern, I had to decide whether to match the pattern at the front or the sides.  So I chose the sides.  But I still wish they all could have matched.  But that would have added about 14 inches to the sides of the jacket, so that wasn’t happening!

Belted in back

Did you know one of the themes for Project Run and Play Season 10 is Denim?  Guess what we will be entering?

Forest photo shoot

For this photo shoot we went into the woods again.  We took a different path from last time, but still got some great shots.

black denim jacket by Skirt Fixation

We had just seen the photo shoot by Babykins Magazine and were inspired to do the same theme.  Or maybe they copied our tulle skirt photo shoot!

Embroidered Denim jacket

This black denim jacket looks so good, coming and going!  Aria is so delighted with it that she actually said she hopes cold weather arrives soon!  It’s not usually easy to please a tween.

Embroidered Black Denim Jacket

I found those gorgeous buttons at Jo-Ann fabrics.  I had some that would have worked in my stash, but I wanted these to be special!  And I have a button weakness.  Sort of like my jacket weakness as evidenced here and here!

Black Denim Jacket Flip

Have you seen the other Ethan Shirt Flips?  They are amazing!  And I can’t wait to see what everyone else does with denim for Project Run and Play!  How about you, do you like to sew with denim?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

25 thoughts on “Black Denim Jacket Ethan Flip

    1. Thanks, she is a super model isn’t she!

  1. That is gorgeous! I love the fabric you used, and the addition of the traditional trench-coat details like the belt and wrist straps. Nice finishing job too! The inside looks lovely!

    1. Wrist straps! That’s the terminology I was trying to think of!

  2. Wow, terrific finishing details — welt pockets?? Top-stitching?? You outdid yourself!! *And, kudos to you for sewing for a tween {we kind of dread those years to come….}!

    1. I wish you were sewing for tween before me so I could latch onto some of your terrific ideas! You’ll make it beautiful, like everything you do!

  3. WOW Audrey!! This is amazing. I was hoping someone did a jacket- but this exceeds any thoughts I had on it! You did a great job. I LOVE that fabric. Where on earth did you get it???
    Fabulous.

    1. That fabric had been in the stash so long I’ve forgotten where exactly I got it! Your flip was so precious too!

  4. i too have been waiting to see a jacket made from this pattern. Your jacket is absolutely fabulous. It sounds like you have spent a lot of time sewing it, focusing on every small detail, and it certainly paid off! Those your first welt pockets? Wow congrats!

    1. The welt pockets were my first, but I knew they would provide the polished look I was aiming for! I also wanted to make bound buttonholes, but didn’t realize those had to be done at the first, so we’ll have to save those for another flip!

  5. […] After the judges scores were tallied, the sew-along winner was Audrey of Skirt Fixation with her “Black Denim Jacket.” […]

  6. Congratulations on your win!!! I swooned at the sight of this flip and knew that the contest was over for me! So gorgeous!

    1. Oh thank you! I was so impressed that you tackled the Ethan twice…

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  8. It’s so inspiring that you have a tween who is still willing to wear the beautiful things you make–I’m really hoping my kids will be excited about having a mom who sews when they are older too! This jacket is just lovely.

  9. That is a really great jacket. It is hard to please a tween… I think you hit on the biggest thing, get them involved in the process!

  10. Super cute jacket…I love how you changed so many things on your pattern too. Thanks for the belt loop tip.

  11. This is a beautiful jacket! And the fabric is to die for.

  12. Very Eye catching! I really like the combination of the long white skirt and the black jacket.
    Deborah @ Sew Much to Give

  13. There is something about this look that makes me think of a scene that would be in a brand new version of “Pride and Prejudice”. She looks stunning! The tailored wrist straps and the top stitching contrast beautifully with the ornate designer denim. Love, Momma Shaffer

  14. Beautiful! I have yet to try welt pockets!

  15. It’s so nice when the older kids love what we make them! I love the border print on it and the belt around the waist! Such a fun jacket!

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