Have you seen this pattern?
It's called the Lorie jacket and it is from StyleArc. Look at those design lines! How awesome are they? When I decided to create this jacket, I searched all over the web and found only 2 or so reviews, both of which were very favorable. So, I went for it!
Here is the description from the StyleArc site: Simple zip front jacket pattern with a designer look. The interesting back design lines along with shaped hem bands gives this jacket a great shape. Use your design skills to create a unique look by your selection of braids/trims. This jacket is fully lined. But can be sewn unlined if preferred.
I made this jacket pretty much as designed but I did leave off the zip. I love the zip, but with my fabric choice and the gold bias trim, it was plenty busy.
I love the overall style--it is pretty boxy but not sloppy looking. The front and back yokes are perfect for using a contrast trim, self-trim, or piping. I used self-fringe. I love making fringe. It is fast, fun, and adds such a neat little extra to your garment.
Look how nice my shoulders and armscye turned out! I am very pleased with how that part of my jacket turned out! I made a 1/2" sloped shoulder adjustment by taking the shoulder seam in starting about midway from the neckline to the shoulder. I added 1/4" shoulder pads but the garment called for 1/2" pads. I remember wearing HUGE shoulder pads back in the 90's and while at times I will make a jacket or coat with 1/2" pads, I try to have minimal sized ones as they seem to be plenty! Just enough to fill out the shoulder area without making you feel like a linebacker.
What else did I do? I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment and that is it!!!
Let's talk about the plaid matching! I am so very proud of how well I matched up the plaid. This is an uneven plaid meaning that when you fold back a corner to a 45 degree angle, you can tell if the plaid is balanced or even or not. Mine was not, so I took the very tedious step of cutting out each piece of the pattern one-by-one. Tedious, but well worth the effort when I see the final result!
I even included the back side panels in the plaid matching and see if you can see those seam lines.
As I stated before, I left off the zipper. I also didn't include the fringe on the sleeve hems or the jacket hem. But I did include it at the neckline, front and back yokes and also the center front. Check out the center front, I even matched the fringe plaid as well!!! The gold is a bold choice, but with a gold thread running through the weave, I thought that the purchased gold trim would be a fun accent. What do you think?
As with almost every StyleArc pattern I've used the drafting is exceptional. The instructions assume that you've made quite a few garments and know what you are doing. I highly recommend reading the construction notes, main garment construction, and lining instructions BEFORE you start sewing this. Trust me, it will all make sense once you do! A few things are left out completely as to how you tack down the hem facings on the sleeve and garment lower edge. I hand hemmed those edges and then decided to hand hem the lower edge and sleeve lining as well. I like hand sewing, especially on garments where I've taken my time to construct. It sort of seams like icing a cake--the final finishing touch!
I really love this jacket. The fabric was purchased from Fabric Mart and is a boluce suiting. It sewed beautifully, pressed easily with a pressing cloth, and I think is very fun!
Thanks for reading!!!