I know it’s summer up North, but down here it’s finally drizzly and cold! At last it’s time to make a Jacket-Hack!
This Advance 51 pattern has been on my Hack Board since the beginning of the year, and I’d like to riff on this basic shape for a zip-front sweater/cardi. This particular collar treatment may be outside my drafting/teaching skills. How does that work? The back is a shawl collar, and what’s that on the front? I think I’ve seen something similar in Pattern Magic…
When I saw this Anthropologie cardigan, I recognized a collar shape popular in the late 40’s/early 50’s. It’s a similar shape to the first jacket, but the drafting and the sewing are simpler. I like the little details- the pockets, the buttons, the tiny ruffle and the wrist cinchers which are almost undoubtedly unnecessary but still kind of cool.
Very, very similar. This is the first tailored jacket I ever made for myself, years ago. While I was too inexperienced at tropical tailoring to love the final jacket, I do still love this pattern and collar shape.
This one wins for quirk-factor. Again, similar collar shape- but with a sort of lapped and shaped upper collar. What do you suppose that pattern piece looks like? I wouldn’t mind some capacious pockets, this jacket is strangely innocent of them.
At first glance, this cut bears no resemblance to the jackets that came before. It’s actually rather similar- just button the collar over the front instead of leaving it open and collar-y. I like the buttonholes set into the binding, that would translate to a knit very well indeed. The cuffs are cute, too.
This is the same story as the blue Vogue above it- similar cut, but with the collar buttoned over the front. I’d have to draw the front opening quite carefully so it breaks up the bulk I carry uptop. I’m almost completely sure a cut like this would look terrible on me, but I’m tempted nonetheless. Is the lady in the black gingham using her mind rays to convince me that a suit like hers is *actually* a good idea?
I know I tend to use fabrics that can be hard to source depending on where you live. This month, I’m using something relatively ubiquitous and cheap- a red Polarvide throw I picked up from Ikea. I thought I could use it as a crafty batting; at $5 for a biggish throw, it’s way cheaper than actual craft batting. Yay! Polar Fleece Jacket! I don’t have a fleece jacket, but Stephen wears them all the time. I might as well see what all the fuss is about.
When I was looking around for suits with triangular collars for tonight’s post, I stumbled over this lovely thing. Doesn’t it look like it would work perfectly with polarfleece? The back neck, the simple front opening, the big buttons and asymmetry. This is my “wildcard” inspiration shot. It’s way different than what I thought I’d make this month, but I find myself drawn to it more and more the longer I stare.
What do you think? Do you like the open collar, or buttoned over the front or the wildcard? Which would you wear? Which would translate best into polar fleece?
(By the way, I know I set a sort of “blog schedule” a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t working for me. Now I’m trying something else- two days on, one day off. This seems to work better with my life. I can’t blog every night, but I don’t like going more than one night without writing. Thanks for putting up with me while I sort that out!)
Next: facts on polarfleece, sourcing, and whether or not it’s suitable for shapely garments. I also want to share some other design inspiration (not for this hack) from Harajuku. And I’m busting to post about an event coming up in August!