Planning for a Cropped Jacket

I got inspired by some Plaid Eyelash Boucle Suiting in Orchid I saw on Fabric Mart over the weekend. My plan is to make a cropped jacket for my hot pink pencil skirt. While I really like this cropped jacket (you could call it a bolero, too, if you want), I also know I’d rather work with a pattern that has front seaming.

I really like the choice of simple cut and beautiful fabric used in this Oscar de la Renta cropped jacket.

This Kwik Sew pattern (below) has the seaming I want and the look I’m aiming for. The collar is different but I like it. We’ll see if I keep it after I do a muslin. With the plaid, I’ll have to pay close attention to matching at the seamlines but it’ll be worth it.

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I was reflecting on my garment sewing and while I had made a shirt here or a skirt there in my youth and in college, it’s only been in the last two years that I’ve actually sewn for myself on a consistent basis. Every garment I make teaches me something new about getting a better fit and I can imagine that with every garment I’m going to make I’ll continue this learning.

What has been your biggest fit realization? Was it figuring out how to adjust for a short waist? Or long arms?

9 thoughts on “Planning for a Cropped Jacket

  1. Tia Dia says:

    Oy! Fit is my nemesis. I have a short waist, FBA is required, and a small waist and high hips. So, making up a shirt entails an FBA and a short waist adjustment, and a high hip adjustment. A skirt requires grading out one size through the hips, and the high hip adjustment. It’s taken me a long time to realize how much I need muslins, or, if I’m too lazy, an excellent fitting buddy (usually my husband).

  2. Brooke says:

    As a kid, I remember being frustrated because nothing ever ended up fitting correctly (my mom only knew enough to help me read a pattern and operate the machine). Once I learned about mockups (and how you can cut and manipulate them) in college, I was hooked because I could fix anything if I spent enough time tweaking. The whole idea of a rough-draft was my biggest sewing revelation.

    I like the fabric you’ve picked for your jacket – I have a brown & pink version that looks very similar. =)

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