The Mallee Jacket is the latest release from Leila and I through Muna and Broad. It’s designed specifically for boiled wool, but I used a viscose/wool blend boucle which doesn’t fray because it was tough to find boiled wool here in NZ back when I tested this pattern during our warmer months.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
Fabric Usage: The pattern pieces can be jigsawed in such a way that my size (Size F) can be made from 2.1 metres of 150cm fabric. That’s especially good news because boiled wool, like all wool, can be pricey to buy.
I purchased this fabric locally back in February, and it’s no longer available. However, there are lots of great places in NZ and Australia to buy boiled wool from. I’ve included a list (with links) below, and anything in bold is a shop that I’ve shopped with myself in the past.
Drapers Fabric NZ and Australia
Miss Maude NZ
Ackroyd & Adams NZ
The Drapery Australia
Minervas Bower Australia
House of Cloth Australia
Fabric Deluxe Australia
The actual design of the jacket has the pocket bags on the inside of the front, but I sewed mine on to the front as patch-pockets. There’s also an option to add buttons to the jacket (and it’s really easy to make button-holes on boiled wool since it doesn’t fray), but I chose to keep it simple and keep it as-is!//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
I’ve been wearing this jacket a lot more than I thought I would- it conveniently goes with much of my wardrobe. I think I’ll make another version, but I haven’t found quite the right shade to inspire me (I’m not really crazy about a grey or black coat since it wouldn’t blend all that well with most of my me-mades), but I’m on the lookout!