Because they're everywhere, right? This is a wee bit of a cheater's post, because this project was completed about two years ago, and has been worn endlessly since. The thing is, I've got two new finished sweaters that I haven't had a chance to photograph yet, as well as two sewing projects that are rapidly nearing completion. Rather than wait to post all the new stuff (and further neglect this blog), I decided to simply post about this old but awesome jacket that I am still very proud of.
The source pattern was the Built By Wendy/Simplicity pattern 3694, which in its original incarnation, looks like this:
I'm not sure what I was thinking when I first picked up the pattern, because none of these three looks particularly appeals to me (dress = no, too-short-jacket + too-flared-sleeves = no, terry clothe spa robe = extreme no). Perhaps I was already anticipating some monster modifications? Who knows. At any rate, because it's been a few years, I may not remember all the mods I made to this pattern, but the ones I do recall are as follows:
- jacket length somewhere between the dress and cropped jacket versions
- pockets placed slightly lower to sync with new length.
- front hem curves upward, while back hem curves down.
- sleeves were cut straighter with more length to accommodate rolling them up.
- zipper runs full length of front facing pieces (you probably can't tell from the photo of the pattern, but the original jacket has a zipper that ends several inches below the neckline (??).
- added a lining, because unlined jackets are just...yuck.
- made the hood bigger, since hoods never fit tall enough for me, and I end up looking like I'm shrugging my shoulders all the time.
- added some jumbo grommets for the hell of it.
The fabric I used is an olive nylon-ish outerwear kind of stuff, with a slightly velvety reverse side. I don't think it's actually waterproof, and it's not warm at all, but it performs relatively well in rainy and windy weather.
The actual pattern is out-of-print now, but you can still pick it up on Etsy from time to time, and I would highly recommend it (just don't get fazed by pattern pictures). I love this jacket, the pattern was super easy to modify, and I'll be making another one very soon!