Revisiting a Classic

S2223 C front 2

Hey! Today, I am sharing a jacket that is inspired by a previous make of mine. Way back in 2011 I made another version of this same Simplicity 2223 (now OOP) pattern. It was made in a similar shade of green twill. It was and still is one of my most favorite pieces. It got a lot of wears and now 8 years later, it is faded and too small.  I missed wearing it, so I figured it was high time to recreate it.

S2223 C back

The fabric I used is the same from the McCall’s skirt I just recently shared. It is the solid forest green midweight cotton twill. The fabric has enough structure to make it work well for jackets, skirts, and pants. I am so pleased that I was able to get this jacket and the midi length skirt out of 3 yards total! I love being able to use basics like this to create more than one piece.  I think at least 50% of the basics in my closet are in similar shades of green to this one. I may have a problem but I don’t see any reason to make any changes at this point.

S2223 C angle

I absolutely love this pattern for its military and utilitarian influences. The details are everything here. I am a sucker for tabs and this jacket has them! The sleeve tabs are functional but the ones on the neckline are not. I picked a brushed old gold metal button from my stash to keep in line with the military influence.


The real winner for detail is the pockets! Oh boy, I am so in love with these inverted box pleat pockets…then there is the flap with a slight point. Yes! They may have been a pain to sew that curve, but they are well worth it. I have functional pockets that I can actually drop my phone into so it automatically makes them a win in my book.

S2223 C front

I think I am spring ready now with this jacket. Now I get to have fun styling it with what is currently in my wardrobe. I have some fun colorful shorts that I think it will work great with for summer. I also think it might work well with a drapey floral rayon challis summer dress. I guess maybe I should add that to my summer sewing list.

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5 thoughts on “Revisiting a Classic”

  1. So much goodness going on here!! First, I love your jacket! I can see why it’s a favorite! Perfect color and such great details, those pocket flaps are especially 👌 Second, is that your front door?! I love that bold color! Third, those pots are awesome too and they go so well with the orange!

  2. Love Love Love this jacket and the color….. I have a lot of this color as well but with multiple tops and bottoms, I am finding that not all the shades look good together!!!

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