Bronze biker jacket

Pauline’s quart coat can be made into a biker jacket as she’s shown here. So Sylvia at Pitt Trading was happy to provide what I needed to make a ‘glossy’ biker jacket and skirt.

Pauline’s biker jacket version is cut 4″/10cm below the waistline. I initially through 8″/20cm would work and then I rejigged the jacket body pieces to 6″/15cm. It’s Winter and I wanted a bit of hip coverage but I decided to go with the shorter version instead.

Susan of measuretwicecutonce chose the lining colour.

The pocket pieces were adjusted so there’s a 2.5cm band of the fashion fabric used at the jacket seam and then the lining for the rest of the pocket bag.

No shoulder epaulets or back waist epaulet this time. 

Sleeve seam prep front
Close up, this fabric has a repeat that this took a bit of time to make sure I cut each piece out so the fabric repeat remained fluid across the jacket.
Sleeve seam reinforcement for the zipper

After working on my brother’s RTW formal jacket sleeve, I have no guilt using iron-on interfacings or hemming tape. That’s what’s used within the industry.

Close up of the metal zipper in the sleeve seam line.
Pitt Trading got bags of these great metal zippers in recently so I was able to pick up these matching metal zippers with black teeth and lovely zipper pulls. They’re still sorting these zippers out and they have them in a few colours.

During the construction process I got really annoyed with the time this jacket was taking me to make. Not a real ‘dummy spit’ but close. 

You see, by the time I sewed in the collar, sleeves and zipper, I just wanted to wear the jacket ‘pronto’. Ok, that sounds like a dummy spit but I’m glad I put the effort into getting the dimensions right.

So after a night’s rest, in the morning I did a bunch of steam pressing, waxed threads for hand sewing, relaxed and got back into it. Did I say that I sew during the week before and after work? I’m a morning person:)

I’ve used bias binding on the coat hook and on the hems so the metallic threads didn’t unravel during wear.

A close up of the exposed zipper on the front of the skirt.

The fabric is a modern brocade and it’s easy to match up. I’ve used McCalls 9356 for the skirt.

Thanks Pauline again for the Quart coat pattern. Your biker jacket tute was easy to follow.

Thanks again to Pitt Trading for the fabric, lining, zippers and Rasant thread. Rasant thread is new to me so I was really pleased with how this thread held during machine and hand sewing.


  1. I can see why you were impatient about finishing this – it looks absolutely wonderful – and I am not partial to biker jackets. This one is a winner 🙂


  2. I really love this and understand your impatience! It looks great and what a perfect fit. I use the Rasant thread and it's pretty good. I really want to get to Pitt Trading when I'm next in Sydney.


  3. Very, very nice Maria. I love everything about this and you look wonderful. I made something similar this past spring!


  4. Yaaaaa! I would also like to make a biker jacket! Your variation is so cool and stylish! You never stop surprising with your creations 🙂


  5. I still get pangs of jealousy whenever you mention that store! Love this outfit and both pieces will work really well as separates too. I love the effect when a more casual pattern is paired with a fancy fabric, nice job with all the zippers too.


  6. I totally missed your post about this jacket! It looks AMAZING and I love your pattern matching. Also I am a huge fan of metal zippers with fun zipper pulls. 🙂 I'm jealous that you have a source where they come in many colors. I had to look up “dummy spit”. I had an idea based on the context but now I know that Aussies call pacifiers dummies and that it means to throw a fit.


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