I stood in my sewing room staring at my fabrics until my eyes settled on a piece of white quilted in black fabric I had used for this top and which I bought when I used the rust version for my sister's jacket made last fall. I bought the fabric at Fabricville but it was available at Marci Tilton.com The white is sold out but there are other colours.
Here is my new favorite jacket. I absolutely love it. The photo just doesn't do it justice.
Of course , as you see I made many style changes to the pattern but the front, back and neckline were unchanged except for the length .
Here is what I did.
I used the armscye and upper sleeve from a different jacket pattern (V1264 ).
I added 7 inches to the length.
I wanted to follow the lines of the design in the fabric so instead of the slanted front, I dropped it straight down but the overlap is the same as the original.
I added slanted patch pockets.
The collar is a a rectangle instead of the shaped one of the pattern and measures 6" by the length of the neckline.I curved the corners and trimmed with self fabric.
For the buttons,I stacked white buttons on black but instead of buttonholes, I used snap closures.
I used no facings. All the edges were finished by wrapping various strips of fabric ,then stitching and trimming.
It was a fairly quick sew . The changes I made to the armscye and sleeves made all the difference. I've worn it and have gotten plenty of compliments from friends and strangers alike.
This is just the right jacket for this time of year which is finally warming up.
And it's roomy enough to wear over cardigans and bulkier tops too.
Next up, I'm working on a really cool faux leather suit that I want to wear to the ballet (Swan Lake) next week with my sister.
Happy Sewing from