What do Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton all have in common? They are constantly inspired by the past when creating their collections, and Mood is no exception! The Elm Jacket has an early 19th-century influence, combining the elegance of menswear detailing and feminine shape to create a beautiful addition to your fall wardrobe. Plenty will admire the double-breasted front of this jacket, adorned with finely detailed metal buttons, and others will be left speechless at the petal-like tail and soft hand of this gorgeous stretch faux suede. No matter if you are going for a mid-afternoon ride on your trusty steed or catching the train uptown to a museum, The Elm Jacket is sure to keep you feeling warm and looking stylish.
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Once all of your pattern pieces have been cut and you have marked your notches begin by closing the darts on the front and back bodice panels.
Continue by connecting your back panels at the center back seams, then connect the front panels to the back at the side seams.
Now move on to the bottom jacket panels. Begin with closing the darts on the back bottom panels, then attach them at the center back seam.
Once the bottom back panels have been connected continue completing the bottom of the jacket by attaching the front bottom panels at the side seams. Now you can connect the top and the bottom pieces at the waist seam.
Now let’s work on the jacket facings. Begin by locating the back hem pieces and sewing them together at the center back, followed by the sides and finally the front bust facings.
Once the facings have been attached to each other, go ahead and line them up with the outer edges of the jacket with the right sides touching and pin into place. Once they are all pinned in place carefully begin sewing the facings onto the jacket starting about 2.5″ inches from the neckline curve down and all the way around. With your scissors go ahead and make small clippings into the seam allowance where the fabric curves and at the corners, this step will ensure that when the piece is flipped right side out the shape of the jacket is not distorted and the corners will come to a point. Lastly, close your shoulder seams.
Locate your collar pieces and sew them together with the right sides touching along the top and sides. Be sure to clip the corners so that when the piece is flipped right side out the corners come to a point.
Now carefully place your collar in the neckline opening. Sandwich the collar in between jacket and the facing and sew into place.
Sew your sleeves closed then attach them to the jacket making sure the notches line up.
Your jacket is almost complete! Time to work on the finishing touches. Flatten the seams out using your pins, then top stitch around the entire outer edge of the jacket including the collar.
Using a hand sewing needle carefully slip stitch the facings into place on the inside of the jacket.
Finally, using chalk or fabric pencil mark the placement of your buttonholes, then once the openings have been made it will be very easy to use these as the guide for placing the buttons themselves. Hem your sleeves and voila! Your jacket is now ready to wear!