Making A Boiled Wool Jacket In A Day!

I have a bit of a thing for boiled wool, but don’t tell anyone 😊 I had a search on the internet for boiled wool jacket patterns and I was pleased to discover Tessuti Berlin jacket pattern, which you can download and print yourself.

So when I say it took me a day to make the jacket the sewing part actually took an afternoon, my morning was taken up putting the pattern pieces together. There wouldn’t have been any problems but for some reason half my pages were a slightly different size. But which pages were the wrong size? After printing some test pages I eventually worked it out and reprinted those pages.
A jacket in a day

A jacket in a dayI checked the measurements and decided to make the medium size, I thought the sleeves might be too long but as the jacket has a drop shoulder and  couldn’t  work out where the seam would be I decided to shorten the sleeves once I could try the jacket on.

A jacket in a dayI cut out my fabric, making sure I had nice neat edges, the raw edges are visible so you want a nice clean cut for a professional finish.

The pattern has really clear step by step instructions. They suggest a walking foot on your sewing machine but I don’t have one. Sewing with the ordinary foot was the most tricky part of making the jacket, the overlapped seams tended to slip so I decided to tack everything. It was a good decision as the stitching would be almost impossible to unpick.

A jacket in a dayFirst the cuffs were sewn onto the pockets and edges trimmed.

Pocket were sewn onto fronts.
A jacket in a dayBack neck was joined, then shoulders and neckband were stitched to the back.
A jacket in a dayThe facings were joined then stitched in place.

A jacket in a daySleeves were attached.
A jacket in a dayNext I tacked the side seams and tried on the jacket, I thought it was too big so I increased the seam allowance to an inch, and I shortened the sleeves by an inch. The seams were trimmed down and pressed open. A rolled up towel inserted into the sleeve makes pressing much easier.

You can see here the seam might be visible when wearing the jacket.
A jacket in a daySo I trimmed them as a slight angle, problem solved.
A jacket in a dayAll that was left to do was sew on the cuffs and give it a good steam pressing. My Mum always said a good finish is all about the pressing.

A jacket in a dayI love this jacket, it will be so versatile, and it’s very warm, cosy, and easy to wear. I might  make another bright coloured jacket. It seems the sewing bug has returned.

7 thoughts on “Making A Boiled Wool Jacket In A Day!

  1. Annie Nowak

    Love the elegant simplicity of the style and grey has always been a go to colour for me as it goes with everything. Lovely job Jill.

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  3. kate

    I am wild about boiled wool as well and was thinking about the merits of preshrinking or not- it looks like you decided to not preshrink? I read that boiled wool actually will preshrink a little, and that many people just decided to dry clean their coats. Is there a boiled wool out there that absolutely doesn’t shrink? I occasionally have aspirations to take something to the dry cleaner but usually end up with the item in a bag intended for the dry cleaner for a very long time until I finally give over and take it out of the bag again. I am also not really willing to say I will never ever stain my jacket with the occasional thoughtless application of Chinese food. I saw a swatch where someone had washed a small test of their wool just to give it a go. Perhaps that is what I will do- just to see if I like it lumpy in person. I am not really a sweater set person but neither am I someone who really likes tie-died… By the by, I loved how your’s turned out! It was really beautiful.


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