Maybe, but I LOVE sewing jackets. I feel like they take some finesse to put together, fit, and execute properly--that is achieve a great fit. Only certain combinations of fabric and pattern design are typically possible so careful planning is also essential.
When I decided upon a new jacket to create, I usually have a fabric in mind (typically from my stash) and then I decide upon a pattern. And, I might add, it isn't always a pattern I have on hand. Many times, I have to go and purchase one, but I never mind adding to my enormous stash!
I have been eyeing this Cindy Jean Jacket by StyleArc for quite some time. I had forgotten I had this stretch woven with this wild black and white design on it that I purchased from Marcy Tilton quite a while ago. I am glad I saved it for the perfect pattern, but it sewed so beautifully, that it is a shame I waited so long!
I didn't have *quite* enough fabric to make this jacket as written and I simply didn't want to make it sleeveless or make anything else with it so I pulled out this orange linen, also from Marcy and decided to have some fun with contrasting elements.
If you haven't figured it out yet, orange is one of my favorite colors and I love incorporating it into designs. Between the graphic stretch woven and the linen, I had enough fabric to execute my design. I love it when a happy accident gives a great potential result!
It is safe to say that StyleArc directions are not written for a beginner or a non-adventurous sewer. The directions are simply a rough suggestion of steps to follow and unless you've had experience making the garment/pattern you've purchased in some form or another, then well, good luck!
There's verbage with very little visuals so if you are a visual learner like me, hang on to a wild ride for the first few trials with a StyleArc pattern. With as many as I have sewn lately, I can handle the minimal instructions with no issues but it does take some thinking on my part!
I love the overall style and shape of this jacket. There are a lot of design lines which are super cool and also give the jacket shaping so it isn't boxy nor does it give a hint of being boxy. I used snaps instead of buttons to give it a more traditional jean-jacket look.
There is also a lot of topstitching to highlight the design lines, take advantage of those!
Another great StyleArc pattern! I think I need one in classic denim blue or black.