Statement pieces should have a spot in every person’s wardrobe. The chic and simple lines of this jacket paired with its bold sleeves leave the final statement of the piece open to interpretation. It can be minimalist and modern with this black on black brocade; or it can be more fearless with its style in one of Mood’s multicolored faux furs. You could even add it to your summer wardrobe as an unlined, sheer beach cover up! Personally, my favorite part is the wide, cropped sleeves, which leaves space to show off some bracelets, or a surprise lining.
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Pattern includes a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
This jacket features a swan neck collar, so that’s where we’ll be starting as far as sewing.
Take your two front panels, place them with their right sides together, and sew them together at the collar as you see below. For this pattern. I recommend pressing all of your seams after sewing them and again before attaching your lining.
Next, cut a tiny notch where the collar meets each of the shoulders of your front panels. This will allow you to more easily pin the shoulders and collar to the back panel of your jacket without the fabric pulling or bunching.
When you pin it, the fabric will gather a bit at the notch. Be sure to sew slowly and carefully, pivoting your needle at the notch so you don’t catch any of the excess into your seam allowance. Sew, notch, and press your seams before adding your sleeves at the shoulders.
Next, I need a patch with ‘Every garment needs pockets.’ embroidered on it. Because every garment needs pockets.
You should have four pocket panels cut out. Pin each to its respective jacket panel, lining it up with the notches on the pattern. They should be placed like you see below, with the right side of your lining against the right side of your main fabric.
Once each of the pocket panels are sewn into place, you should be able to align your front and back panels at the sides of your jacket. Place them right sides together, and pull your pockets out to line them up as well.
Sew down the sides of your sleeves and jacket, making sure to go around your pocket like the pins in the photo above. For some extra security, you can back-stitch at the bottom of the pocket, like you see below.
These are hidden pockets, so they fade away into the seam while the garment is being worn.
The lining goes together essentially the same way, with the exception of the front panel being made up of two parts instead of one. The front facing will be seen along the collar, so it’s recommended that it be cut from your main fabric. Simply sew the front facing to the side front lining and then everything else goes together similarly (sans the pockets).To attach the lining to the self layer, place them right sides together, lining up the collar seams and notches. Sew along the collar, center front, and bottom of your jacket, leaving about 4″ open at the center back.
Before sewing up the last 4″, you’ll want to pull your sleeves through the opening and pin the self to the lining with right sides together. This can be tricky, and you don’t want to twist your sleeves at all, so sometimes this is easier done by hand than with your machine.Once they’re sewn together around the hem, they can be pulled right-side-out and ironed. I also recommend ironing around the collar and hem of your jacket before slip-stitching the final 4″ of your jacket lining closed.So tell me in the comments: what are you going to be saying with your jacket? I’d love to hear which fabrics you’d love to make this project with.