• Jenni Beth

Rebecca Page Kingston Jacket


A denim jacket is a wardrobe staple almost no matter who you are. I have been meaning to try the Rebecca Page Kingston pattern for such a long time, and I finally got around to it. This one was part of a capsule wardrobe that I am working on for the spring of 2022 (more to come on that later on). I decided to sew up their regular Kingston pattern with the Add-On option to add welt pockets and knit sleeves and a hood. This pattern was great to sew up. I had this mid to heavy-weight denim (don't remember where it was from) in my stash. It has a silver sheen to it, which is super-fun! And I ordered some Cotton French Terry from Boho Fabrics that I absolutely love (it's available in a variety of colors!) I decided to use metal utility snaps leftover from a project that my husband worked on earlier in the year. They were super-easy to attach with my Kam Snap Press.


I absolutely love this make. I will wear it all year long with all the things. Here are a few more pictures.

Just so you know, this pattern is available in Men's, Women's, and Kids' sizing, plus sizing for an 18-inch doll. My jacket also has an interior pocket for my phone (also part of the add-on) that is not pictured, but sooo useful! The regular pattern has a traditional jacket collar and three or four different woven sleeve options. It also has great instructions for flat felled seams.


Here are some more links. They are all on sale for the release of extended "curvy" sizing for this pattern (RP now has women's sizes 1-10 and 6C-15C). For reference, my jacket is a size 3 chest graded to 4 waist and hips. Were I to make it again, I probably would just make a straight size 4. There is more ease built into the waist and hips than the chest:


Women's Pattern


Add-On Pattern


Bundle (women's, kids, and doll with the add-on for all)


I am loving this pattern so much! Another couple pictures before I let you go.


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Why "Sewing and the Trivium"

The Story

Classical educators like to divide education into developmental stages called the Trivium. These are called "Grammar," "Logic," and "Rhetoric." Grammar refers to the first steps of learning anything: learning the vocabulary of the subject being studied and memorizing facts about that vocabulary. Classically speaking, this corresponds to the elementary years of learning - years when students never seem to grow tired of astounding the adults around them with fact after fact about things they are interested in. Have you experienced talking to a six year old who is really into dinosaurs? enough said...

Adults also begin learning with the grammar of a subject. Each subject has its own unique terminology and facts that need to be mastered before one can explore the more complicated applications of that subject. Sewing is no different. What is a french seam? What kinds of knit fabrics are better for different applications? What is a dolman sleeve or a raglan top? These are grammar queries.

In classical education, logic refers to the action of logically processing the grammar facts students have learned, or are learning. The student who is particularly suited to this type of thought is the middle-school scholar - the student who wants to argue his or her way through the world and "be right" about all the things. This pattern of thought includes bringing different ideas together, comparing and contrasting them, analyzing what an authority figure says about an argument, and deciding whether different arguments are consistent with each other. In the sewing world, logical questions include things like, "How is knit fabric different than woven fabric?" and "Why does this pattern ask for a particular fabric type?" as well as tasks such as mashing two patterns together or changing the sleeve/length/placket from how the pattern was designed.

The final part of the classical trivium, rhetoric, is when a student makes an argument of his or her own by developing a "thesis" or main point and then laying it out for someone else in writing or speech. Typically, students are ready for formal rhetoric in their high school years - years that they are very concerned about what they look like to other people and gain an interest in learning to craft a message in a way that will be most effective for their purposes. Examples of rhetoric in sewing would be fully-formed tutorials or sew-alongs - or even the writing of a blog post itself. Anything that is explaining previously thought-out/tried-out projects can count as rhetoric. 

My goal on this blog is to lay out my sews and thoughts using this framework. And that is why I chose this title.