Friday, January 3, 2014

Cuckoo for Outerwear

So yeah, I've been up to my eyeballs in outerwear lately. I made my first trench coat muslin. It looks promising but needs some adjustments. I will cut out muslin #2 sometime today. The only tricky pattern feature is the french dart. Not very experienced with french darts--I believe this is my first. Hopefully all will go well with muslin #2 so that I can start work on my trench once my fabric arrives on Saturday.

For now I'm already brainstorming my next outwear adventure. For my fourth go with outwear, I want to make an unlined, military-style jacket. Like this one from Old Navy:

Women's Military-Style Jacket

I bought a jacket similar to this one (also from Old Navy) a few years ago. It's cute but the sleeves are way too short. This is why Old Navy and I do not get along. Every long-sleeved shirt, jacket, dress, etc has the shortest f-ing sleeves on the planet. I don't have freakishly long arms or anything. Old Navy sleeves just never fail to stop 2-4 inches above my wrist.

But I digress. The pattern search has begun. There are a few military-style jacket patterns out there (most of them Burda). Some of them are great. Some look cheesy. Some appeared in Rhythm Nation. I want to avoid that look.

Kwik Sew 3534 view A might be just the jacket I want. At least it's close enough.

Kwik Sew 3534 view A

I think an olive twill would be best. Perhaps even gray. I'm also thinking anorak snaps instead of buttons. Although I say I want it unlined, I may change my mind. I've become quite a fan of linings lately.

Well, back to work on the trench. Any military jacket pattern suggestions are welcome.


  1. I'm SURE the Kwik Sew pattern probably has better instructions and is superbly drafted...Simplicity 2153 has similar features though, just as another option.

    I want to do at least one outerwear piece this year myself.

    Can't wait to see the progress.

  2. I've been thinking about making myself something similar this spring, but I call these Safari Jackets! Given that I have 2.5 years worth of Burda magazines I'm probably going to use a pattern from one of those. I'm leaning toward this one:

    And hoping I can find some washed silk for it . . .


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