Here in Arizona it seems like fall is still so far away but why not start preparing, especially since fall/ winter clothes are my favorite clothes to wear.
We don't have much of a "winter" here so this type of jacket will last me through the entire winter season in the desert.
The pattern is from Simplicity and it is #8554. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby on a $.99 sale and I definitely think I got my monies worth. The original price on this pattern is around 20 bucks so I'd definitely wait for a pattern sale if you can.
When I was planning this project I started out going with view B. It is a mid length jacket with a tie at the waist and the regular sleeve option. I thought about omitting the side flaps at the bodice but ultimately decided it added character and I'm glad I kept them.
After working through the project I cut the length to view C and left the sleeves to full length but rolled them up. I thought of cutting them off to 3/4 length but I still wanted the option of the long sleeve, plus I like the look of the cuffed sleeve.
The jacket is a straight size 12. Although I did use the size 14 waist tie length.
The fabric I used for the jacket is a light weight linen from The Fabric Store, purchased in Los Angeles. The color is called Pickle and it is amazing and is literally my ideal jacket. It gives off both green and brown tones which allows it to match with much of my fall/ winter wardrobe.
The jacket took 3 yards of fabric to complete with some scraps left over.
Pattern Adjustments - Simplicity 8554
There were only two pattern adjustments that had to happen on this jacket.
One had to do with the lining of the front collar and the other with the chest flap pieces on the front bodice area.
1. The stitch the front collar lining to the bodice and the back lining to the jacket. I had a terrible time when finishing the jacket keeping the front collar lining down inside the front of the jacket and ultimately decided to sew it down.
I'm so glad I did because I think the lines on the front of the jacket actually give it a bit of interest and I like it more. You can see the sewn lining lines on the jacket in the photo below.
2. The chest flaps (that's what I call them) kept popping out from beneath the collar of the jacket. With some easy tacking they stay in place and the jacket wears much better.
Other than these two easy fixes, the jacket is amazing and it will be worn non stop once fall and winter hit the desert.
I am normally an Indie Sewing Pattern fan 99% of the time.
The price tag of $.99 definitely is what pushed me towards this pattern verses an indie pattern.
Overall I'm really pleased with the look of the jacket, the way the pattern fit and the ease of construction.
Happy Fall Sewing Friends!