How to Sew and Style a Shacket

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A few months ago, ThreadCrate asked subscribers what they wanted to sew next. An overwhelming majority voted to sew a ‘shacket.’

Shacket = A cross between a shirt and a jacket.

Shackets have been trending for a few months now, and it’s not surprising why… They are perfect for days when a coat is too much, but a layered look is desired. Shackets also seem to have a gender-neutral appeal, and their oversized look is so comfy!

We’re guessing the shacket trend is here to stay. Several indie pattern designers have even released shacket patterns in the past few months. ThreadCrate decided to include the Patterns for Pirates version in all of its crates for January 2022.

We’re super excited to jump on the shacket trend! We thought it would be fun to give you some tips on sewing and styling one. Here are three things that make a shacket look fabulous.

Cut Patch Pockets on the Bias

Plaid seems to be the most common fabric used for shackets, but there’s no rule that says you can’t use something else. A shacket is simply a lined shirt with pockets. If you do use plaid fabric, though, consider cutting the patch pockets on the bias. This is easier to do than matching the stripes in your plaid and it gives your shacket some nice visual appeal.

It’s easy to cut pockets on the bias. What this means is that you rotate your pattern piece 45 degrees away from the normal grainline before cutting. Many patterns will even have this line marked for you to follow.

Here’s a pic of the result:

Size Up If Your Lining Is Fluffy

We’ve seen shackets lined with all sorts of materials — sherpa, fleece, flannel, etc. If you choose a thick/fluffy lining, you may need to sew a size larger than you normally would. This is just something to consider when choosing your size. The shacket is meant to look oversized, so sizing up would be fine in most cases anyway.

If you didn’t purchase the January 2022 crate, here are some fabrics we would recommend for sewing a shacket:

Use Chunky Buttons to Complete the Utility Look

The small buttons you’d typically use on a woven shirt won’t work well on a shacket. You need something bigger and more durable, especially if you used a thick lining. Chunky utility buttons or snaps would work best.

Buttons are a great way to add some flair to your shacket. It’s those small details that make a big difference.

We love shackets because you can wear them with practically anything. Just imagine how it would look paired with a midi dress and boots or even jeans and a t-shirt. We can’t wait to see how our subscriber’s shackets turn out!

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