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How We Wear It: Rib Knit Monarch Jacket

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

For over a month now, we’ve had a super luxurious fabric sitting on our shelves that didn't translate well in flat photos. In the office, we’ve all been brainstorming what to sew in this Heather Grey Stripe Rib Knit to give you all a better idea of how this fabric drapes and moves. 

Angie, our Marketing Director, mentioned that I should sew a Monarch Jacket in it, something I hadn’t considered. You see, this thick 1x1 rib knit fabric has 80% stretch and we had been sewing the pattern in ponte fabrics with roughly 40% stretch. I wasn’t entirely sure the end result would be something wearable.

But, oh it is. And it might be my favorite Monarch I’ve sewn yet. 

indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

Here, I’m wearing it with my black Kila Tank and Persephone Pants. I love how the light grey fabric pops against the black. I might work this high-contrast, neutral color palette into my wardrobe more often.

 indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

I sewed my normal size 2 in this pattern, but I honestly could have sized down one size because this fabric has so much stretch. But because Monarch is designed to be boxy, I still love the look of this one. It’s ultra cozy.

The cuffs are still nicely fitted, so I can wear it with the sleeves pushed up. And the collar lays beautifully around the neckline because it has so much stretch. I used the Monarch’s collar intended for 80 to 100% stretch fabrics (there are three offered, depending on the stretch of your fabric). 
 indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

Instead of snaps or buttons, I just topstitched the center front plackets down. I used a straight stitch as this seam doesn’t need to stretch.

indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

The rest of the jacket was sewn using my serger. You’ll definitely want to check out our Four Tips for Serging Bulky Knits if you plan to do the same with this fabric.

This Heather Grey Stripe Rib Knit fabric is 67” wide, so you can get away with ordering about 10% less fabric than what the pattern calls for. But hurry, it’s almost gone and we won’t likely reorder anytime soon.

indiesew.com | Monarch Jacket | Allie Olson

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