|Unique Jacket – Paco Peralta|
Having completed two dressy suits in the recent past I thought it was time to turn my efforts to something a little more casual. As I now have this stash of fabrics (I blame the Americans!) I selected the second Shetland wool – a blue/pale grey twill weave and set my sights on a weekend jacket. Something cosy, blanket-like, loose (I get tired holding my stomach in wearing those suits), relaxing and mega comfortable. The sort of thing you just reach for without thinking and know it’ll feel good.
|The designer and the sewer|
So I delved into the pattern stash looking for something not too complicated – I’ve had enough of that recently too. And pulled out Paco Peralta’s Unique Jacket pattern. A little gem!
I made this before in faux fur and had an adventure in nap, but always undaunted by past failings I forged ahead. Made in a T shape, there are no sleeves to insert, no pad stitching required on the lapels, self facings, not even a button hole to make as the front closure is built in to the front horizontal seam.
The jeans are Armani, the scarf is Hermes, but wait – the shirt is an old school one of teenage son’s that is too small for him now. They all wear school uniform here.
I wanted a jacket big enough to wear over sweaters if it gets cold and the original pattern, while not fitted, is neat. So I cut an extra 1cm (1/2″) all round. The back is cut on the fold. When I tried it on it was too big at the neck and did not sit right across my shoulders, so I put a dart from neck to mid-back for a much better fit there. It looks just like a back seam.
|Open back seam|
|Closed back seam|
Thanks for reading and have a good weekend. Ruth