A Sydney Jacket in New Zealand [Tessuti Sydney Jacket].

We recently took a short trip to New Zealand and the next few posts will be about the things I’ve made that were debuted there. Starting with the famed Tessuti Sydney Jacket! It is a draped jacket with raw edges and exposed seams, famous to be easy-to-wear and not too complicated to sew. And it sure looks effectively – it has an effortless, relaxed vibe to it.

  • Pattern: Tessuti Patterns – “Sydney Jacket”. It is labelled as for intermediate to advanced sewing level.
  • Size made: Included was Size Petite to Extra Large. I made the petite size (B80cm, W67cm, H89cm).
  • Pattern pieces: 6 pieces.
  • Fabric used: Reversible cashmere wool poly blend [10% cashmere, 70% wool, 20% polymide], width 150cm, length 1.5m, made in Italy, bought from Gardams Fabrics.
  • New Techniques used:
    • First coat pocket and opening
    • Overlapped, exposed seams
  • Modifications:
    • Using the fabric selvage as centre front draped edges


Tessuti patterns – Sydney Jacket. This pattern was bought in Sydney (Tessuti’s headquarters)!


Line drawing of the Sydney Jacket by Tessuti. Pic from here.


This reversible fabric fuchsia on one side and red on the other. I used the fuchsia on the outside of the jacket. Because the jacket is not hemmed and the seams are exposed, a non-fray fabric is required. Another suggestion is to use scuba or knits, which would be a good idea for warmer climates. My fabric has a nap, so the pattern pieces have to be orientated a certain way when cutting the fabric.


I have a fear of sewing pockets. I almost wanted to skip sewing the pocket of this jacket. But the pictorial and written instructions included in the pattern is very helpful and made the process much easier.


The instruction photos (step1) looks as if they were asking us to sew the pocket bags ONTO the front piece, but it’s only sewing the pocket bags together! I nearly made the mistake and unpicking would not have been fun.


The pattern asks us to mostly sew on the right side with overlapped raw edges. It may be difficult (it was for me) at dart points (step 3), as one has to be pretty precise. I was not, and had to do some (unsightly) hand stitching around the apex.
The yoke completed.


I find this tool very useful, because we are overlapping the seams and pinning/sewing, the gauge allows me to make the overlapping consistent all along by sliding between the top and underlying pieces.


The yoke attached to the back piece.


Sewing the side (and undersleeve) seams after folding back onto itself. Clever design!


Completed jacket. p.s. you can choose to stitch all the way around the pocket bag (it shows on the outside), or just the top of it as I have done here.



Hamilton, New Zealand



That was a satisfying make! Also, I seldom get to wear proper coats in our mild Queensland winters back in Australia, so a drapey, throw-on kind of coatigan style outerwear is perfect. I think making it in a scuba is even better for me, perhaps I will make it again some time.


4 thoughts on “A Sydney Jacket in New Zealand [Tessuti Sydney Jacket].

    1. Diane, thank you so much for visiting and commenting! I thought the coat is so bright, so let’s pair bright with bright and let both the coat and shoes shine :)

    1. Thank you! And it’s not that easy for me, as I don’t usually wear bright clothes. But it is nice to try different things!

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