Hey June Fairmount Shacket

Friday, October 8, 2021

It's been so long since I've posted on my personal blog that I almost forgot how. When the queen of button down patterns has a new release, it's a good excuse for a new blog post. The Fairmount Shacket by Hey June Handmade is part shirt and part jacket for the ideal layering piece. It features a dropped shoulder, front button placket, back pleat, and sleeve cuffs. 

My favorite feature is the convertible collar. This is my first time sewing one, and prior to the pattern test, I didn't even know the name for it. "Convertible or Non-Convertible: refers to whether the collar changes shape when it is closed with the top buttons or the buttons are open; or non-convertible, which keeps the same shape regardless." I was second guessing how neat the result would be as I went through the sewing process, but Adrianna nailed it again with a good design.

I made a size 8 with no adjustments. Typically, I add 1/2" to Hey June patterns for my height, but was so eager to get cutting that I forgot this time. I'm pretty pleased with where this hits, but a longer style would be cute too. I'm 5'-9" for reference. As Adrianna notes, "Shackets are meant to be worn as outerwear or layering pieces, so they have more ease than a shirt and can also be slightly longer."

As with any button down shirt I've sewn, this is not a quick sew. Details like pocket flaps, cuffs, collars, plackets, and buttonholes slow down the process. There are 11 pattern pieces after all. I would not say that any step is particularly difficult however. Invest the time, and the result will be worth it. 

The Fairmount Shacket is designed for lighter to midweight apparel wovens, such as flannel, double cloth, or corduroy. I've used a mid weight poly cotton shirting fabric from my great aunt's stash. Can you believe what she paid for this?!? This fabric has very little drape contributing to an exaggerated oversized look. The design is intended to be oversized, but more drape in the fabric would mean it sits closer to my body. I used my favorite trick of turning the pocket and flap on the bias to avoid pattern matching and add some variety in the print.

Be sure to grab the Fairmount Shacket pattern while it is on sale through Sunday, October 10th. 

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