We switched things up for the free pattern download this week and one of Mood’s lead customer service team members designed the look I sewed! She wrote up a small piece about her stunning design:
My name is Stephanie Espinal, I’m a Fashion and Jewelry Designer and currently a Fabrics Specialist and CS Supervisor for Moodfabrics.com.
While working at Mood I’m constantly inspired by all of the beautiful and unique fabrics that cross my path. On a daily basis I spot fabrics that just scream out to me and beg to be made into something beautiful!! I have longed for a versatile yet glamorous piece to get me through this cold weather season for a while now and decided to sketch the perfect look.
Today I’m super excited to share with you all one of my very own designs using vinyl snakeskin and faux shag fur to create the “Ferraria” jacket. The combination of textures, versatility and rockstar vibe is one that I’m sure you will also love!! Feel free to use this pattern to create your very own version of this fabulous versatile coat/jacket and slay in your day to day!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards White Long Haired Faux Shag Fur
- 3 yards White and Ivory Vinyl Snakeskin
- 3 yards Black and Gray Abstract Cheetah Spotted Silk Charmeuse
- 3 Separating Zippers
- 2 6″ Pocket Zippers
- MDF020 – The Ferraria Jacket Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Pattern includes a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
To start, there are a few darts that need to go into your jacket pieces: two in each of the front panels, and two in the back panel. These will give your jacket the majority of its shape, particularly if you’re going with a stiffer vinyl fabric like we did.
Next, attach the shoulder panels to the top of their respective front or back panels, like you see below. They can be sewn on the right sides together, and then top-stitched to form a welt seam.
Once the shoulder panels are attached, you can then sew the fronts and back of your jacket together at the shoulder seam. Be sure to notch the curve at the neckline to avoid bunching seam allowances.
Next, cut your pocket slits into the front panels of your jacket, following the guidelines on your pattern. Do the same to your pocket lining.
Align the slit on your lining with the one on your jacket, wrong sides together. Fold the raw edges inward, place your zipper underneath, and top-stitch around the pocket opening, securing the lining between the jacket and the zipper. Stitch around the edges of your pocket lining to close.
Before attaching your sleeves to the shoulders of your jacket, they’ll need to be constructed a little bit! They consist of a main faux leather panel, with two fur panels at the top and toward the wrist. For each, sew one side, notch the center corner, and then sew the second side with the faces of your fabrics together.
You should now have a somewhat normal sleeve shape. Attach each to the shoulders of your jacket, matching up respective notches. Sew up the sides of your jacket and sleeves and use this time to check the fit of your jacket. Make any dart adjustments necessary and see if you need to shorten your collar at all (keep in mind, it will lose 1/2″ in seam allowance when attaching the lining).
Next, construct your lining similarly: darts first, attach the front and back at the shoulders, attach your sleeves and close the sides.
Attach your lining to the outer layer of your jacket along the top of the collar, as well as along the hem.
Insert one of your separating zippers along the center front of your skirt, leaving a few inches of your lining open to turn your jacket right-side out, and pin the other two along the hem of your jacket like you see above. You’ll want about an inch of space between them so you have room to easily attach the other half of your zippers. I placed the end caps of mine on either side of the scale stripe that went up the center back.
Edge stitch around the perimeter of your jacket, slip-stitch the lining to the sleeves at the wrist, and the top of your jacket is complete!
The skirt of the jacket goes together super quickly. It’s made up of two front panels connected at the sides to a single back panel. The lining consists of similar panels cut 2″ shorter so you have a small facing along the hem. Sew the lining and outer skirt along the sides and bottom, right-sides of your fabric together.
Along the top of the skirt, insert the corresponding halves of the two zippers on the hem of your jacket. Top-stitch along the zipper so you have a 1/2″ of fur not trying to get stuck in your zipper.
Attach your faux fur skirt to your jacket, or rock it without! Which way would you prefer to wear The Ferraria Jacket?