01 October 2014

McCartney Jacket Giveaway!!

We interrupt Once Upon a Thread with a little bookmark pause.  Because even the best of books need a break to pop some popcorn and grab some apple cider.  
Q: What's better than wearing a pleather jacket?  
A: MAKING a pleather jacket! Such a thrill to complete something that looks so professional!
Have you heard of Pattern Anthology?  It's a bundle of patterns that mix and match with one another for several great looks.  I chose to make the McCartney jacket, because I always love the challenge of a welt pocket. ;)
It came together SO nicely.  And honestly, if you've never made a welt pocket, don't let this scare you off.  You will finish that pocket and stick your hand in over and over because, well, YOU made it.  The pattern gives you the option of contrasting detail around the sleeves.  I chose to stay with the same pallet (black, of course) but add some texture with the tiny pleat fabric.
I didn't have any decent lining, so I ran to the store and I'm always disappointed with the "lining" selection.  Always!  I remember making my first coat as a Freshman in high school and asking my mom if I had to use lining.  I think everyone likes a surprise lining, anyway.  I wandered over to the silky-like section and found this fun bird print (Joanns).  
It is just the perfect type of surprise inside. A little pleather sewing tip: Put some painters tape on the bottom of you sewing machine foot and when you have a pleather seam on the bottom, just place some tracing paper under it and you won't have any sticky situations where the pleather won't get through the foot and feed dogs.  I tried putting tape over my seams and topstitching and ended up with a terrible mess of getting out from under the stitching.  (I employed Ryan ;)
When I finished the jacket and walked into the kitchen, Azure asked where I got my jacket.  (They're always so good to notice.)  I told her I made it and she promptly asked if I would maker her one.  Divine, Pearl, and Olive asked me the very same thing.  I'm sure Clover would have, too except she was in the bathroom brushing her hair.
I'll tell you I was a bit nervous to write "no big dill" on a fabric so unforgiving if I happened to make a typo.  Whew.  Luckily I didn't.

So, where can you find YOUR 8 Days a Week patterns?   They are available for a limited time at a 40%+ discount now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.Pattern Anthology presents: 8 Days a Week Pattern Collection - patternanthology.com

One more thing.  The winner of the tiny Jamberry Nails heater is Heidi Sullivan!  Congrats, Heidi.  And just to make things even more fun, anyone who takes advantage of the buy 3, get one free over at Jamberry (checking out under nobigdillkaty) will be entered to win my McCartney jacket!!  That's right, a No Big Dill original. It's a size small, but very generous. How many jackets does a girl need living in this balmy climate?!  So go find some fun nails for yourself. I like to take a long time getting my credit card out just to show off my nails.  Okay, not really, because it's really annoying when you're the person in a hurry behind the slow-poke. ;)  But the compliments will come rolling in regardless of your method of payment at the grocery store. 


  1. I love this sooooooo much Katy! Worth the late night sewing for sure!

  2. Love, love this jacket! Your taste is impeccable as always.

  3. Well you are nothing short of amazing and this jacket is stunning! I LOVE that you added your signature on the collar, it's the best place!

  4. Amazing! I think you have convinced me that i have to get this pattern :)

  5. That jacket looks so awesome, I can't believe you are giving it away!?!

  6. Wow--fantastic. Yes, I would say it definitely looks professional (understatement of the hour). :)


  7. I love that lining! So sweet. You are so darn talented!

  8. So amazing!! Where did you find your fabric? It doesn't even look like pleather!

  9. What a fun surprise! Thank you!!! Heidi


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