Oh, don't say it... I know it. Santaclause, right? So what? I like the little bit of Santa-ness of this jacket, and I know I will love it when the next winter comes around. Somehow it's more of a before-Christmas garment.
I once bought a really great coat in the middle of summer, and it made the arrival of winter so much better! On that note, this jacket has built in make-me-happy-power for next October.
I came up with the pattern myself. It's basically a circle. If you want to see how I did it, read on...
First I thought about the total length I want the jacket to be, then measured how far apart the sleeve openings have to be (upper back measurement). From that starting point I started fiddling around with a muslin, making darts and tucks here and there. Then I sewed it up. Easy. Originally I wanted a loosely knit fabric and actually thought about knitting myself. Well, there was no time for that, and yes, I want to finish this set by May at the latest... This is luscious wool fabric instead (I think it's knit fabric, but I am not even sure!...), not a bad choice at all, and I got it for such a great price...
|Nothing precise at all at that stage, just trying stuff|
|These "pleats" were later sewn on the inside...|
|On the actual fashion fabric I did NOT cut out those darts. I only did that on the muslin, to transfer them more easily to the fashion fabric...|
If you are interested, I can post exact measurements and a how-to, but I would love it if this inspired you to just go ahead and play with some fabric.
I really like this jacket and will definitely make it again, without Santa trim and a bit more edgy looking. I already have the perfect fabric in my stash for it, but it's a dark green and would not have worked for my travel set.
After making a "wearable blanket" once out of a basic square (posted here in my BurdaStyle studio) I find this one has even more potential. It actually would make a cute bathrobe, too...
|For coolness, wear it open...|
|I like the shape in the back...|
|I really like it buttoned up...|
I will present this jacket along with the other winter-set pieces when I have the blouse and shorts made up next...
The requirements for this jacket were:
- it has to go with all the other items of the set (no, duh...)
- it has to fit under the coat
- it has to work as an outside jacket for the days when the coat would be too much (like: now!)
- it has to be really warm...