The pattern provides 3/4 length 2 piece sleeves which I lengthened to full length.
The pattern has a cut on facing you fold over a couple of times to create the placket at center front where you would add buttons and buttonholes. I instead cut off the facing and drafted a sew on facing so I could insert a separating metal zipper.
I also added an extension over the zipper, a design detail I have seen on the ready-to-wear jackets I have examined. I then added snaps along the extension, cuffs and pockets using the snap tool described in my previous post.
The pattern is described as a very loose fitting jacket and indeed it is. I normally would take in all of the extra ease but in this case I decided to keep it. I gave the jacket shaping by adding a drawstring, another detail I have seen in the ready-to-wear jackets I have admired.
For the drawstring, I drafted a drawstring casing and attached it to the inside. I used metal eyelets by Dritz for the drawstring opening and cordstops I purchased at Pacific Trim in New York City.
The princess line design of this pattern made it easy to fit. No dreaded fold wanting to become a dart - yay! The jacket is loose fitting enough that I could wear layers underneath.
I've been talking to my friends for a long time about making this jacket and then when I started working on it, it took me a long time to make so it feels like this project has been around forever. I finally finished it.
It's loose but still nicely shaped. The changes you've made to this pattern really work well. You've invested some good planning to make this a worthwhile jacket. It's really nice.ReplyDelete
Thank you velosewer! I think I will get a lot of wear out of it.Delete
Details! Details! Details! What a great jacket!I love all of the extras you added. I need to take a lesson from you here about extra touches.ReplyDelete
Thank you Bianca! Necessity is the mother of invention...I had been looking for a pattern like this but couldn't find it so I had to think of adapting one that had the base pieces.Delete
Congratulations! I would love to see how you made that flap for the zipper because that's my plan for my next jacket. You have done an amazing job!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Janet! It's not hard. Decide how wide you want it then multiply by 2 and add seam allowances. Decide how long you want it plus seam allowances. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew along the short ends. Turn right side out and press. Trim the long raw edge that will be inside (facing you) to 1/4 inch. Place the strip where you want it so that the right side untrimmed raw edge is against the right side of the jacket. Sew down right next to the trimmed edge. Flip over and topstitch.Delete
Perfection! What a wonderful jacket you now have. The addition of that zipper really notches it up. I'm going to give this pattern some serious consideration.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Bunny. Adding the zipper, as well as the snaps, was a lot of fun!Delete
I have been itching to see this jacket since your previous post and it was worth the wait. What a fabulous jacket and so much attention to detail. Looks great on you and I just love the added drawstring! :) xReplyDelete
Thank you Dawn! Yes, that drawstring is what adds the shaping so I am pleased.Delete
Merry Christmas Tomasa! Hope to see you in the New Year!!! :) xxDelete
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It looks really, really good. Like velosewer said, even though it's loose, it's still nicely shaped and fitted and like you said, no wrinkles! Love the cord stops!! Pacific Trimming is the best!ReplyDelete
Thank you Kyle! Yes, I most certainly agree - Pacific Trim is a fabulous store.Delete
I haven't been keeping up with my blogs lately but so glad that I didn't miss this! What a great jacket. I think the loose fit is fantastic. You are so precise in your details, and it makes the jacket look very professional.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Anna! It's sometimes challenging to keep up with the blogosphere, especially now during the holidays.Delete
That's a really cool jacket. The close-up details look fantastic :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Carolyn. All of the details were time consuming to put in but worth the effort.Delete
I used that pattern this past summer to make a white cropped jean jacket. Your jacket came out wonderful!ReplyDelete
Thank you Faye! It's a versatile pattern.Delete
I love what you have done with this jacket. I made a jean jacket from another pattern but it is too shaped, this one I really like and I am more a zip person than buttons so I think I will copy you when I start.ReplyDelete
Thank you Gernella! I am glad this blog post gave you some ideas! :)Delete
Gorgeous Jacket.. I think it fits your frame nicely. The detailing is excellent in my opinion. I had a jacket similar to this in white that was ruined by mildew, so this would make a great replacement.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Andrea! Taking the time to add details always pays off!Delete