Welcome fashion sewers to a very easy sew-along which will be covered in this one post.
Yes, it really is that easy!
You voted in our recent sew-along poll and the vast majority of Fashion Sewing Blog readers elected to make the Butterick (See and Sew) B5550 jacket sewing pattern.
Thank you again, to everybody who took the time to vote.
So before we make a start, do check that you’ve got everything you need to complete this easy jacket sewing pattern. After all, dependent on where you live, the sun never sticks around for too long, so time is of the essence.
Visit – A Checklist for the See and Sew B5550 Jacket article that I produced last week and I’ll see you back here shortly.
Ready? Let’s make a start!
Sew-Along – The See and Sew B5550 Jacket
The See and Sew B5550 jacket is a great little sewing pattern from the Butterick ‘easy to sew‘ range.
This sew-along takes minimal time to complete as there’s no collar, pockets or button holes to add, which will give you more time to enjoy the summer.
Do remember, if you do find yourself struggling with any aspect of this sewing pattern, use the comments box below this sew-along post to ask any questions, and I’ll do my very best to help.
As always, below you’ll find a slideshow (click each photo to enlarge it), as well as written instruction on key techniques used during construction of the jacket.
You will also find links contained within the text. Do click on them, as they are designed to give ‘specific‘ instruction on some of the sewing elements, and will certainly aid you further.
NB – Remember to iron on fusible interfacing to all of the necessary pattern pieces, before you begin.
How To Make The See And Sew B5550 Jacket
1 – Facings – Front and neck jacket facings (with right sides together) need to be sewn together at the shoulder seam. Ensure you match up the sewing pattern markings at the shoulder, then stitch from the raw edge to the marking. Press the seam open.
(optional) – On the inner edge of the facing, cover with a bias binding finish.
2 – Sleeve – Sew the overarm seam, starting from the sleeve edge to the shoulder. Press the seam open using a tailors ham if possible.
3 – Pleat – Sew the pleats, indicated in the sewing pattern onto the sleeve. Sew the underarm seam and the seams of the sleeve facing. Press them all open.
4 – Sleeve Facing – Sew the sleeve facing to the sleeve, matching up all sewing pattern markings. Understitch to keep the facing in place.
5 – Hand Sewing – Sew the bias binding (optional) to the raw edge of the sleeve facing. Slipstitch into place.
6 – Jacket – Sew the side seams of the jacket, press open and then, using bias binding, neaten the seams.
7 – Sleeve – Insert the raglan sleeve into the armhole of the jacket.
8 – Jacket Facing – Pin the jacket facing into position, matching up all of the sewing pattern markings. Machine sew into place.
9 – Neckline – Trim, grade and clip the seam allowance at the shaping ‘feature’ of the neckline.
10 – Jacket Hemline – Turn the lower edge of the facing to the right side of the jacket, stitching 3.8cm’s / 1-1/2 inches across and above the raw edge. Trim away the facing close to the stitch line.
And all that is left for you to do is -
Turn up the hemline,
Catchstitch the facing to it,
Tack the facing to the seams,
Top stitch the front and neckline of the jacket.
‘Now, who’s ready to sport our brand new, stylish creation on a summer nights outing’?
Don’t forget, when you’ve completed the See and Sew B5550 jacket sew-along (no matter how long it takes you), upload a photo of it to our Sewingista Gallery.
In the meantime, if you do have any questions regarding this sew-along, then please do contact me.
Happy fashion sewing
Colleen G Lea