This isn’t an especially seasonal release for us down here in the Southern Hemisphere, but we did have a little cold snap here in Christchurch around Christmas, so it wasn’t too sweltering for me to take pictures of my wool Shoalhaven Shacket, the latest release from Muna and Broad!
The Shoalhaven Shacket is a jacket that’s designed for hefty fabrics like wool coating, but that looks like a shirt. So, it’s a shirt-style jacket, hence ‘shacket’.
Because of the bulk of the fabric, the insides are finished with facings, and the inside of the cuffs and the collar stand use a lining fabric too. This cuts back on the bulk from thicker fabrics like the wool coating I used here. This shacket would actually be the perfect weight for winter in Christchurch- and the addition of the collar means that your neck doesn’t get cold, which is a bonus for me!
Fabric: I got this double-faced wool as a remnant from Drapers Fabrics up in Auckland– I loved both sides, but finally settled on the navy as the outer so that I could avoid stressing about pattern matching and also because I think navy will work with my wardrobe better than the check would.
The wool did have a nap that wasn’t especially visible, but was perhaps a little bit darker in one direction. In the end, I cut the wool out in the opposite direction to how you’re ‘supposed to cut nap’- I get more friction rubbing my hands down the coat than I do rubbing it up.
For the lining, I used a nice cotton shirting from Drapers Fabric (a remnant from one of my first sewing projects)! This was great, and I love the internal contrasts, but I could have saved myself a lot of time thinking about changing my bobbin thread if I’d just picked a lining fabric that was a similar colour to the outer fabric so that my bobbin thread wasn’t so visible on the insides. Crisp cotton (like a lawn) is a great choice here as you don’t want something that’s going to grow or shred easily (just for your own sewing sanity)!
Notions: I ordered a selection of sustainably farmed horn buttons from NZ based Hawes and Freer (you’re after 10x 20mm buttons), and in the end I liked this one the best next to the fabric.
I also used shop bought bias tape from my local ‘The Fabric Store’ (I think it was this colour), which was actually a too small for my purposes. You want 19mm finished/folded width, so next time I might make my own.
The Shoalhaven Shacket is designed for medium-heavyweight fabrics like wool coatings, boiled wool, soft/washed denims, canvas, and corduroy. So, I’ve been thinking about getting some denim that’s got good drape to make myself a long denim outer, which I think would be a versatile piece in my wardrobe which could still be worn during the summer!