Fleece is one of my favorite fabrics to sew, cozy to wear and so much fun! Here’s how you can make your own Julianne fleece jacket even if you are a beginner sewist.
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Introducing the Julianne Fleece Jacket
This easy sewing project will make you the talk of the town! You will find plenty of occasions to wear this practical yet beautiful Julianne Fleece Jacket! The Julianne Jacket is unlined, cardigan style and has no button or zipper closures making it a good choice for beginner sewists. The nature of the heavy fleece or other suitable non-raveling fabrics means that you don’t even have to finish any seams. Simply sew a few seams and you are ready to wear! You may even want to make one for a friend!
- 2-3 yards 58-60” wide fleece or other heavyweight fabric
- Coordinating thread, all-purpose or cotton quilting thread
- Heavyweight sewing needles such as Schmetz denim needles, size 90/14, 100/16 or 110/18
- Julianne Fleece Jacket Pattern
Click here to see the full size chart and download the free Chambray Blues Sewing Pattern fitting guide. As always, this pattern is available in sizes XS-5XL.
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5 Benefits of Sewing with Fleece
Fabrics for this style include fleece, polar fleece, Sherpa, boiled wool, wool melton (coating) or blanket weight wool. Extra fabric may be needed for fabrics with a nap such as velvet or corduroy. I chose a fleece for this project because it’s inexpensive and readily available in most fabric stores.
Fleece is a wide fabric at 60″ width, which is a plus. Sewing for large sizes makes using wide fabric almost a necessity because the large pattern pieces fit easier on the fabric for cutting. The pieces for this pattern are wide, but you could piece them on narrower fabrics if you had to. Here are some other benefits to sewing fleece:
- Wide width: Fleece is available in 60″ widths.
- Fleece is a recycled fabric product: Did you know this? Fleece is made from recycled soda bottles and is a great way to keep sustainable sewing alive. I am always looking for ways to sew more sustainably, and this is one of them! I found this video with the entire process, it’s very interesting!
3. Multiple colors and patterns are available: Fleece is polyester, so it doesn’t fade with washing. This is a big plus!
4. Lightweight and waterproof: You will notice in the video that they test fleece for water resistance and pilling. This makes it ideal for outerwear sewing applications. I often wear fleece while skiing as it is warm and dry all day long. It even breathes and wicks moisture away from the body similar to what wool does. As much as I love wool, fleece is lighter and doesn’t cause me to have the allergic skin irritations that wool does.
5. Forgiving to sew: Fleece is knitted, so it has a bit of stretch to it. This makes it easy to sew, you can pull seams together even if they aren’t exactly a perfect match. This makes it a good choice for beginner sewers who may struggle getting seams lined up perfectly every time.
I chose to match the pattern of this leopard print at the arms and front band. I wanted the darker color to be on the cuffs and front for a contrast look, so I deliberately cut the fabric to use the darker part of the print. This is not really necessary, but I am pleased how it turned out! You can make one of these jackets in about an hour!
If you want a different look, you could cut the neckband and cuffs out of contrasting fabric. This would also be a lovely look in a print/solid combination or two beautiful solid colors together! I plan to wear my jacket over a turtle neck with jeans and boots, but it works well over a blouse camisole or t-shirt too.
The pocket detail was a last-minute addition but I love having a place to stash my tissues and cell phone when I am out and about and I can’t imagine making a jacket without pockets! So much to love about this simple style.
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