Who’s celebrating #HeyJuneJune? I’ll be honest, even though this is a Hey June pattern, I had hoped to make is a few months ago, rather than in June. But here I am, making it in June. I made the Wheaton Windbreaker. A pattern I splurged on back on Black Friday. I loved it as soon as it came out. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this pattern a ton on instagram.
I have made several patterns from Hey June before. I think her instructions are great. I did consult her tutorial on the welt pockets though. The tutorial cleared up any confusion I had. Although the pattern instructions are clear, I don’t want to lead you astray. This is a time consuming project. There are so many pieces. I would recommend this for either ambitious beginners or intermediate sewers.
So you exactly the changes I made: I sewed up a size 6 in bust graded to 10 at the waist. I also forgot to add extra length to the sleeve, so rather than turning the sleeve facing to the inside of the sleeve, I left it on the outside and cut out twice as many sleeve facings, essentially creating a cuff.
I’m so happy with the fabric, but the same time, I made my work a lot harder on myself. It’s waterproof nylon fabric. Which if you aren’t familiar with, any pin holes don’t go away. It is best to use sewing clips. I have 3 sewing clips. Which really aren’t enough to use. So I used tape and pins carefully within the seam allowance. It made things trickier.
However, the fabric! It is Nike headstock. How cool is it that I made it with the same fabric Nike uses. It’s from Stone Mountain Fabrics, here. It was my first time ordering from them, and I’m quite pleased. One side is the burgundy and the other side is silver.
For the Lining, I used a cotton cheetah print from Fabric.com. It seems to no longer be available. I love the burgundy/cheetah combo. I kinda wish the cheetah was more visible than just the inside pockets and hood.
First, when sewing zippers in outerwear, don’t sew too close to the zipper. I had to redo the zipper a few times (not great to unpick this fabric) because I couldn’t zip it all the way up. The fabric gets caught int the zipper. So I had to unpick, despite leaving some visible holes and sew further away. That fixed it right up.
Also, if you fabric choice is suited for the topstitching on the welt pockets and waistband, it is such a beautiful detail. I didn’t even to the best job keeping my lines straight, because the fabric wanted to move all around on me, but it’s not that noticeable.
Lastly, take the pattern’s recommendation to pin the back facing to the jacket on the dress form. I used wonder tape instead of pins, but I tried to do it freestanding at first, and it was difficult to get it to lay flat. Hanging it on the dress form really made it lay correctly.