- Rally towels (I used five)
- Contrast fabric (I used a yard of medium weight blue jersey)
- A zipper
- A diagram/plan, (for instance you can sketch out your idea using SketchBookPro...)
Step 1: Create the Fabric
- Pick out the edge stitching on each towel and iron them.
- Cut each towel into four strips lengthwise.
- Cut each strip in half.
- Arrange the strips into an abstract brick pattern. I created two "sheets" of fabric for the front and back of the jacket, intentionally keeping one of them mostly a solid red with the blue pattern on one end. I colored in the few white bits on this sheet with a red sharpie.
- Sew the pieces together. I used a serger and then a regular machine to topstich.
Step 2: Create & Cut Pattern Pieces
- To make the pattern I used a jacket I already had as a guide. I made four pieces, for the front, back, sleeves and side panels.
- Use the towel fabric for the front and back, and a contrast fabric (here, a blue jersey) for the side panels.
- Cut a long strip of the contrast fabric and fold in half and iron. This will be be used for the bottom waistband band and the collar.
Step 3: Assemble the Jacket Pieces
- Sew the front pieces to the side panels and the side panels to the back.
- If you want a jacket lining, cut out the front, back and side pattern pieces again with a lining fabric, and sew them to the outside pieces along the edges.
- Sew the sleeve pieces together at the underarm, and set them into the jacket. Hem the cuffs.
- Sew the waistband and collar piece to the bottom and top.
- Sew in the front zipper.