Sew Smart-A Three-Season Jacket

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Sew Smart-A Three-Season Jacket

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M7512 01 NancyZieman Jacket 1If it’s been awhile since you stitched a jacket, take an easy approach and create a swing-style version made from comfy, fashionable knit fabric. Tune in and watch Nancy as she shares her time-saving knit sewing tips and techniques. Jackets are flattering and versatle you can personalize with style options. The fabric of choice is Ponte Knit, a fabric that stitches like a woven, but is as carefree as the knit it is. Sew Smart—A Three Season Jacket is today’s featured Sewing With Nancy episode.

Pattern Basics

Opt to make a full sleeve or shorten it slightly. To give the jacket its shape, choose a garment with a back yoke, and interesting design lines. Nancy breaks down the sewing on today’s Sewing With Nancy featured show, Sew Smart—A Three Season Jacket.

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Interfacing and Lining Basics

Use knit tricot interfacing when working with knit fabrics. It mimics the drape of the garment perfectly. Use interfacing strips to stabilize shoulder seams and pocket area. Learn why these steps are so important on today’s episode of Sew Smart—A Three Season Jacket.


Jacket Seams

Tackling a project is best broken down into segments. Think of sewing a section at time: the sleeves, the garment back, constructing the collar. Find out what steps Nancy recommends to sew first on Sew Smart—A Three Season Jacket. She also addresses the type of stitch to use when working with knit fabrics.

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Collars and Cuffs

Learn how to create a collar and cuffs with knit interfacing and transferred pattern markings. The markings are critical to creating the casing, an opening for the elastic, on the collar design.

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Sleeves and Buttonholes

Nancy’s tips for setting-in sleeves and creating buttonholes will take the stress out of future garment making. We often hear from seamstresses that these two steps are not a favorite. Let the feed-dogs do the easing when working with knit sleeves. Also, learn how to create automatic buttonholes using your own sewing machine. Watch Sewing With Nancy.

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A three-season jacket will add variety, warmth, and comfort to your wardrobe.

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Watch Sew Smart—A Three Season Jacket on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of the Sew Smart-A Three Season Jacket DVD, from Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment below.

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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a  Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends—Tunics DVD from Nancy’s Notions, is Marvel Donovan.

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Her comment is: I love tunics!! They are so easy to make and wear. Perfect sewing projects for all levels of experience.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Rhea Manning
    August 14, 2018

    I love the “little” details in this jacket, especially the collar!! The chances to make it uniquely mine are endless!!! I always receive compliments on anything I see with patterns and/or fabrics from Nancy’s Notions!

  • carolyn scarborough
    August 14, 2018

    I love this jacket…I know I will make several
    for myself and my daughter.. Nancy always
    came up with the most flattering designs..
    thank you

  • Ginger
    August 14, 2018

    I’ve had this patttern for a while. Guess it’s time to watch the video and sew it up!

  • Robin
    August 14, 2018

    I would love to win a copy of the Three Season jacket since it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I already have the fabric to make several, and I have a friend who would enjoy having one as well.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    August 14, 2018

    I love to make unique jackets!! So much info from Nancy. Thanks!!

  • Mary Coultas
    August 14, 2018

    Looks like a perfect fall jacket! Nice details and room for creative expression. Thank you.

  • Pam D
    August 14, 2018

    Would love to win the book so I can make jackets for family!
    Nancy was a great teacher!

  • Phyllis Jean Price
    August 14, 2018

    I love Jackets for any season. You can dress them up or wear thrm plain. They can be made in many different fabrics to suit the occasion. I would love to win the DVD.

  • Peggy Bibb
    August 14, 2018

    I love a versatile jacket and this definitely fits the bill. Nancy has always given such good instruction in her videos.

  • Rosie
    August 14, 2018

    Nancy was a great teacher. I’m so glad her teaching lives on in these DVDs and books. I’d be honored to have this set in my sewing library.

  • Julie Kill
    August 14, 2018

    This would be a wonderful addition to my work wardrobe- Comfortable and Stylish! The detailing adds such personality!

  • Linda Kernodle
    August 14, 2018

    This pattern would be great for me since I’m retired. I could get lots of wear from this jacket.

  • Lorraine
    August 14, 2018

    Classic or casual, long or short, and sleeve variations make for the perfect three season jacket. Nancy and her team provides a great pattern to meet my fashion needs. I’d enjoy making a variety of jackets especially with the DVD.

  • Cecilia Young
    August 14, 2018

    This is a beautiful jacket. I would love to make and would wear it out.

  • Sheri Lesh
    August 14, 2018

    I love the style of this jacket and the options as well! Great design by Nancy!

  • Roxane Watts
    August 14, 2018

    Her tips are always the best. Would love to have this for quick reference!

  • Anne Z.
    August 14, 2018

    Love the style of this jacket, as well as its streamlined construction. Nancy and her team always designed projects which were stylish and used streamlined techniques to construct.
    Thank you!!! I always learned a lot.

  • Thala Wolin
    August 14, 2018

    This jacket is stunning. I know I will be making this for myself. I love the collar.

  • Shirley C
    August 14, 2018

    What a smart fashionable jacket with a style that can be worn for years. I especially like the back detail and the swing of the jacket. Thanks Nancy for giving us tips on sewing this jacket.

  • Susan Spiers
    August 14, 2018

    I love this jacket – so trendy & nothing’s better than a lined jacket!

  • Christine VanCleve
    August 14, 2018

    This coat is so stylish. I would definitely wear it often.

  • Shirley Clark
    August 14, 2018

    I love this style and all of the possibilities!

  • Laura M
    August 14, 2018

    The jacket is such a classic style, suitable to all body types. Would be fun to make up in various fabrics.

  • LeahK
    August 14, 2018

    Love the jacket style. Looks so comfortable and cozy. You can dress it up or tone it down by using different fabrics and be ready to go for any occasion.

  • Janet Hague
    August 14, 2018

    The swing jacket looks so comfortable. Since I like patchwork, I’m seeing it made from leftover bits of sweatshirt fabric, in color-block style.

  • Linda Tate
    August 14, 2018

    Thank you to Team Nancy for continuing her lessons! I have been sewing for years, this jacket I will make for myself. I continue to learn new techniques and enjoy sewing so much

  • beth d.
    August 14, 2018

    I like the jacket. It is good for the fall and winter here in La. It sounds so simple to make.

  • Debra L. Murri
    August 14, 2018

    This is a beautiful pattern. I love everything about it!

  • Barbara A Wagstaff
    August 14, 2018

    Lovely jacket design.

  • Kathe Mayer
    August 14, 2018

    Would love to. make this jacket it would make a great addition to my wardrobe. It has been a while since I made a jacket and would love to learn how to do one in a knit.

  • Toni Leggate
    August 14, 2018

    A wonderful jacket I would love to add to my wardrobe, but the pattern seems to be very hard to find here in the UK! Although I did find it online (not in the UK) with the envelop view so I know how much fabric to buy ready for when I do find the pattern!
    Great video too, supports the confidence base I am starting from…

  • Kaye M
    August 14, 2018

    I always feel that wearing a jacket “completes my outfit. This swing style would be very flattering to most figures. I would like to make it and put piping in the princess seams.

  • Susan T
    August 14, 2018

    I own this pattern so to have the DVD that goes along with it would be wonderful!

  • Linda Martin
    August 14, 2018

    I love tunics too!!

  • nina
    August 14, 2018

    Not only are your designs interesting and easy to wear, but your pattern directions are excellent. I recommend your patterns to others.

    • nina
      September 6, 2018

      Below is my comment from Aug 14th. I was listed at the winner of the Three Seasons Jacket DVD, and I was never contacted, even when I posted on the FB Nancy Zieman Prod site. Twice. If you go there now you will see the posts. So how to I collect the DVD as a winner? Never got an email.

      nina August 14, 2018 Reply

      Not only are your designs interesting and easy to wear, but your pattern directions are excellent. I recommend your patterns to others.

  • Deb
    August 14, 2018

    I would love to make this jacket but the last time I checked the pattern was no longer available. Maybe I can make it using just the DVD.

  • Barbara Bartos
    August 14, 2018

    Beautiful design!

  • Barbara Gearin
    August 14, 2018

    I would love to make this jacket…. Having the DVD would be wonderful!!!

  • Pat
    August 14, 2018

    I have made this jacket and am working on a second one. The only change I made to the pattern (the red jacket) was that I used boning in the collar instead of elastic. The boning makes the collar stand up. Nancy’s instructions are clear . A wonderful pattern designed by a truly gifted person. We all miss her.

  • Goldie Ann Palmer
    August 14, 2018

    I love the look of this jacket and am anxious to try sewing with the new Ponte Knit. My granddaughter is expecting my first gret-grandchild and I would like to make her a jacket to wear during her winter pregnancy!!

  • Kathryn Dokoupil
    August 14, 2018

    Is the pattern (not the DVD) for the Smart-A Three Season Jacket available? Can I purchase it through this website?

  • Tammy W
    August 14, 2018

    Would love to learn how to sew that beautiful jacket.

  • Emma Carpenter
    August 14, 2018

    Love this coat! Reminds me of vintage movie stars days.

  • Clovis
    August 14, 2018

    A three season jacket, I need that.

  • Sheryl J
    August 14, 2018

    This looks like it would be a beautiful addition to any wardrobe, and I can see some embroidery being added as well.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    August 14, 2018

    I would like to make this jacket for cool Fall days. Looks like no fitting problems.

  • Paula Howard
    August 14, 2018

    Love that jacket style. Definitely want this in my wardrobe.

  • Dagmar
    August 15, 2018

    Love this jacket, especially the collar option.

  • Lisa
    August 15, 2018

    Definitely looking forward to sewing g this jacket. It looks comfortable and practical.

  • Doris Carrubba
    August 15, 2018

    I really like the cut of the jacket. I haven’t sewed garments for awhile but would like to start again. We do get some cooler weather in the fall and winter. Pick me, please!

  • Carol
    August 15, 2018

    I’ve never worked with knits, but Nancy makes it look so easy. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Janet johnson
    August 15, 2018

    Haven’t sewn on knits in a long time. Time to brush up on the basics. I am sure there are things I have forgotten.

  • Bonnie
    August 15, 2018

    What a great looking jacket! So versatile and flattering too.

  • Carol
    August 15, 2018

    This looks very fashionable as well as an all purpose jacket.

  • Joanie
    August 15, 2018

    I love this jacket and would love to have the pattern and the DVD with Nancy’s excellent details and explanations. Thanks!

  • Christine Fellin
    August 18, 2018

    This jacket is so stylish! It will be a great change from my hooded sweatshirt style. I have vintage wool swing coat from the 1940’s that is super, with lots of pleats. This will truly be a new 3 season jacket for me. i would love to have the pattern/DVD to get started. I have seen Nancy’s shows for years, and her creativity is amazing; and her explanations are so clear.

  • Sandy Davis
    August 18, 2018

    I am looking forward to making this jacket. It has so much style and class, just like its designer! I truly hope Sewing with Nancy will be kept on PBS for many, many years to come. I have been recording the program since the early 1990’s.

  • Marti Morgan
    August 20, 2018

    For the first time – I am going crazy with knits! I could use a good jacket!

  • Patricia
    August 21, 2018

    A 3season jacket would be a great addition to my wardrobe. Creating it with Nancy’s assistance via DVD and pattern makes this idea workable for me. Thanks!

  • Mary Green
    August 22, 2018

    This is a perfect jacket for winter here in TX.

  • Susan
    August 30, 2018

    Would love to sew one of these 3 season coats. They look very stylish and chic. Could have a lot of fun with button choices.

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