Finished Project: Butterick 6292 | Jacket With Detroit Cuffs

Butterick 6292

I mentioned in my last post how limited my sewing time is now that I’m going to grad school part-time.  To illustrate how slow I am: I started planning this jacket at the end of August, bought the fabric in September, started sewing in October, and didn’t finish until November.  Part of that is, like I mentioned, because of starting school, but the other part is that I needed to redraft the sleeves.  You see, this is a complete knock-off of the jacket featured on the cover of Thread’s November 2016 magazine!


The fabric I used is exactly what was stated in the article – a double-face cotton serge twill from Mood Fabrics.  I searched the site and ordered a swatch – it’s such a nice weight, perfect for a fall jacket, and has nice stretch and recovery.  It does wrinkle a bit as you wear it, especially in the sleeves, but that’s what happens when we wear cotton I guess!

Butterick 6292
The original sleeve of Butterick 6292 is a single seam set-in sleeve.  In the Thread’s article, they show you how to re-draft the sleeve into a two-piece sleeve in order to make a Detroit cuff, an adjustable cuff finish used on workwear such as Carhartt jackets.  It’s a pretty looking design element on this jacket that has a functional purpose – the cuff can be rolled up when it’s nice out, or buttoned closed when its breezy outside.  Hard to see in the photo below, but there’s two buttons on the cuff that can adjust how tight to close the cuff.

Butterick 6292

The pattern itself was pretty straightforward, but redrafting the sleeve and adding the cuff made the pattern a little more challenging.  My stitching isn’t perfect and I ended up getting a small tuck when I attached the cuff, maybe I was off with some of my drafting.  And oh boy, the top stitching on this!  Definitely something I need to work on and take my time doing.

I also had a bit of  hard time with the button placement.  When I tissue-fit the jacket, I thought it was going to fit just right (my standard grading out of a size 10 to a size 12 from waist to hips).  Once I sewed it together, I realized it was too big and needed to take it in.  Then, when I marked the button hole placement, the fit was still off.  So, I improvised with the button placement and made it work with how I wanted the jacket to fit overall.  I also wasn’t that crazy about the buttons I used, they’re pretty boring and not as fun and fancy as the buttons on the original jacket.  The selection at my local Joann Fabrics is so limiting!  Maybe I’ll order some buttons online from Pacific Trimming and swap them out for these boring black ones.

Butterick 6292

I used a new-to-me interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply – I read so many good things about their interfacing from other sewing bloggers, and since I couldn’t find any more of my Touch of Gold interfacing that I love, I ordered some medium weight fusible.  I didn’t completely read the instructions though, and the bond of the interfacing to the jacket isn’t 100% as you can kind of see in the photos above.  Oh well!  Definitely a user-error, I used it correctly for another upcoming project and it looks much better.

Butterick 6292

Jackets and coats are so much more fun when there’s a surprise “pop” with the inside lining!  I just love this floral poly fabric from Mood.

Would I make this pattern again?  Maybe in a wool tweed, but I have so many other jacket and coat patterns on the brain I want to sew.  This project was an example of how you can take an easy pattern and make it more challenging by customizing different design elements.  My red jacket is now tucked away in the closet until next year because winter is here and there’s snow on the ground!



  1. December 12, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    What a fun jacket! The color is really nice, the lining is fun and I really like the cuffs.

    • Lucinda
      December 12, 2016 / 6:26 pm


  2. December 12, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I love it!! I’ve had this pattern for awhile, so I’m really excited to see how nicely you’ve made it up. Did this view really take 3 yards of wide fabric?

    • Lucinda
      December 12, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Aww thank you! I think because of the collar and the way the fronts are cut, it did take quite a bit of fabric. You *may* be able to get away with a 2.5 yards

  3. December 12, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Your jacket is beautiful. Love the color!

  4. December 13, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Great jacket and blog post! I sure have ab affinity fir red these days. You did such a nice job and that lining pop is awesome! Your photographer was great too!

  5. December 13, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I love your jacket – the colour is beautiful but it’s the button placement and cuff that really make it along with an amazing fit. Gorgeous just like all the work you do Lucinda. You’re an inspiration because you never back away from any challenge. I love Threads and saw the article you refer on the cuffs but honestly that would be scary for me to tackle on my own without some professional guidance.

    • Lucinda
      December 15, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Kathleen, that’s so sweet of you to say! 🙂

  6. December 13, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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