Fabulous for fall...super easy too
I've been seeing fabulous jackets on the runways this season. So, I wanted to try making one myself. It took me about 3 days to complete it because I played around with the sleeves. Sleeves are a bit tricky so it can be made into a vest instead.
I used a tweed type of material. It also has french seams. I don't have a serger and I wanted it to look as professional as possible. I love the way it turned out and I can't wait to wear it.
I hope you guys enjoy making it as much as I did. I really look forward to seeing your different versions.
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-Measure your bust and from your shoulders down to where you want the jacket to stop.
-Cut two pieces of fabric that equal your bust measurement divided by two + 3" by the length of your jacket + seam allowance
For example my bust measurement was 40" and I wanted my jacket to be 25" long so my fabric pieces were
23" X 25 3/4"
If you want to create french seams here's the process:
Place the two pieces WRONG sides together. Sew using 1/4" smaller seam allowance than normal (so if your normal seam allowance is 1/2" you will sew using a 1/4" seam allowance)
Now, fold the pieces back so they are RIGHT sides together. Press (if necessary) and sew using your normal seam allowance.
Starting at one of the bottom side seams, pin the strip to the entire outer edge of the jacket.
As you pin, create small pleats about 3" apart. Take your time to make sure you have even fabric distribution around the entire jacket.
Pin and sew them to the jacket.
(I recommend you follow step three for the ruffles as it will give you a more professional finish)
Note: If you want a vest, skip the sleeves and hem the armholes or line them with bias tape.
It's time for the sleeves...
If you have a good sleeve pattern, go ahead and use it to create your sleeves. When drawing out your sleeve, draw it a little bigger than usual if you want a puff sleeve(don't attach it to the jacket yet though). If not just make it to your normal size.
If you don't have a sleeve pattern, I came up with an easy way to make one so go on down to the next step ^_^
To get good sleeves, you'll need to measure around your upper arm (add a couple of inches for movement and add your seam allowance.
Next, measure from your shoulder down to where you want the sleeve to stop. My Jacket has short sleeves so I stopped mid way between my elbow and my shoulder. Add an inch + seam allowance.
Cut two pieces equal to the measurements you came up with.
Place the two pieces together and fold them in half.
Place your sleeve pattern on top of the fabric matching the folds and trace the shape onto your fabric.
Once you get to the bottom of the pattern piece, begin to curve out toward the left side of the fabric (as illustrated) continue that line all the way to the edge of the fabric.
Be sure to draw it a little bigger than your pattern as we will create puff sleeves. Mark the top point of the sleeve. This will help you line it up when it's time to sew it onto the jacket.
Cut the sleeves out.
Place the piece inside the jacket (wrong sides together for french seams, right sides together for regular seams)
Line the mark up with the top shoulder seam and pin it in place. Line the seam on the bottom up with the side seam and pin.
Carefully pin the rest of the sleeve to the jacket working your way back up ti the top.
You may need to ease some of the gathers or gather more so that the sleeve will fit the armscye.
Sew in place (remember follow step 3 for french seams)
Repeat this process for the other sleeve
If you have any questions, message me and I'll get back to you ASAP. If you have any suggestions on how I could make this better, send em' my way too. I'm always looking to learn something new.
Don't forget to post your version below with pics...
Now go make that jacket ^_^