14 September 2012

Autumn Jackets: Sewing Pattern Inspiration


Anise by Colette Patterns


Steffi by Burda


Simplicity 7032 (aka the Betty Draper Jacket)




Watson by Papercut Patterns

I'm itching to make an Autumn jacket. Something short and chic, yet snuggly enough for the crisp mornings soon to come. These are some of the patterns I'm dreaming of at the moment. Which is your favourite? Do you have any other suggestions I might like?

[Soundtrack: 'Autumn Sweater' by Yo La Tengo]

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  1. Oooh some lovely patterns there Tilly. I've 95% finished the Abbey Coat pattern by Jamie Christina. I've made it without a flounce which basically turns it into a jacket! That's my recommendation anyway. x

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  2. I keep dreaming of the Watson Jacket! The Anise is a great contender and who can say no to scalloped edges. i think I am in a similar boat and am a little bit lost. :P But I will make a cape first. My project after the weekend. :)

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  3. Nice selection!

    I really love the brand new Anise jacket as well as the burdastyle one. I just started on the starlet suit jacket though because I want to learn some fine tayloring and the video class on craftsy seemed to be the next best thing to a non-existing local class..

    But I'm sure I won't be able to keep my fingers off the Anise jacket!

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  4. Love the Anise - that would really suit your wardrobe - can't you imagine it with those Breton tops? I'll certainly do it in the future but right now need to concentrate on the winter coat. I've bought the Anais companion already though as that will have lots of handy tips that can be taken through multiple projects, like bound buttonholes etc. Good luck with choosing - the Burda jacket is also gorgeous!

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    1. Must stop getting anise and anais mixed up...

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    2. OMG YES - over Breton tops!

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  5. I'm madly in love with your Betty Draper scalloped jacket.

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  6. I think you would really suit the Anise. Not something I would suit but you would look the biz in it. You can also purchase the Anise Companion which sounds fantastic.

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  7. I'm planning to adopt my coat pattern to make a jacket, but it will have to wait until spring. So much else to sew this fall!

    None of these are really my style, but to me it seems Anise by Colette might be right up your alley. I actually thought "Tilly!" when I first saw the pattern =)

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    1. Hahaha you're so right! It's moments like those - when I spot something I know will suit another stitcher or vice versa - that make me LOVE the online sewing community :)

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  8. Love Anise- Just way to cute for words.

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  9. Anise is gorgeous, I think it would suit your style perfectly.

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  10. All are lovely but I just purchased the Anise pattern and companion guide! I have never made a jacket so am looking forward to the challenge :o)

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  11. Love the Steffi and the Watson! But these are the two on that list that seem perhaps least your style. I think that really, you want to do the Anise - or maybe it's just that I really want to see you do it :-)

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  12. It's just got to be Anise!! Love it!! Tilly you have totally inspired me to get making my own clothes! have enrolled on a beginners dressmaking course in few weeks time and I am bursting with excitement! I have my beginners patters-colette 'Ginger' & 'Sencha'
    Lucy xx

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    1. Ooh I'm so pleased! Hope you enjoy it.

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  13. Elementary, my dear: Watson!!! It's so rockingly cool!!! And of course it comes from the best country in the world ;-)

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  14. For me, scallops never quite turn out the way I think they are going to. I love the Burda jacket but the sleeve tops are just a tiny bit too puffy for me - I love the body and collar of the jacket, it's the 'slimline severe' look I adore - but the sleeve tops will always annoy me.
    I've already downloaded the Anise guide - waiting for a paper pattern. The guide is tremendous - all 72 pages of it. The thought of sewing along with the guide as a companion just makes me feel happy (having a sewing nerding-out moment).
    I'm also MADLY in love with the Watson jacket and it's going on my Christmas Wish List.
    I'm making the Anise first (having never made a jacket apart from Minoru). The sewalong guide is just sensational and I think it's a good place to start with a 'real' jacket the first time around. And the collar is adorable...

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    1. It's the puffy sleeves on the Burda one which makes it so appealing to me! It does look a little odd in that photo though as the model has slimmer shoulders than the jacket so the puffs are falling off the end. I have a similar-ish jacket in chocolate brown velvet which I bought 11 years ago and still wear all the time.

      Looking forward to seeing your Anise!

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  15. Allow me to enter several votes for the Watson jacket. It really stands out from the pack.

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  16. i love the anise so that would be my vote. i'm definitely going to try it and the guide looks great! i also really love the betty draper one. maybe you could make both? the anise in wool for colder days and the draper in lighter fabric for autumn?

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  17. My vote goes to the new Colette Anise jacket. As soon as I saw it, it was love at first sight!

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  18. I haven't seen the Watson before ~ I really, really like that one! I just purchased the Anise too and that will be my first jacket ever. But that Watson looks like a very close second. I have two votes - Anise and Watson :)

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  19. 'Anise' and 'Watson' do it for me! And although I love how different the watson looks, I think I would wear the Anise more often - it would probably go with a bigger variety of clothing?

    Can't wait to see what you make*

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  20. Oh, I LOVE the last one! Soooo pretty!

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  21. I absolutely love the last one; it is very unique and stylish.

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  22. Hard to choose. Steffi and Anise I would say.
    I love Watson too but I would be worried of getting my arms cold

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  23. I absolutely love Gertie's Starlet Suit Jacket, and dream of being able to make it!!

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  24. I love that Papercut Watson jacket patter. Why are these patterns so expensive? I still am going to have to have it.

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    1. Patterns are sooooo expensive to produce in small runs. And the amount of time that goes into each one on top of production costs is crazy. Plus the packaging is a thing of beauty...

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  25. They're all beauties with great details, I now need to get on my decision making for my winter coat!

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  26. I know everyone's gonna think I'm a big grouch... but I don't find the Anise pattern very inspiring. Of the patterns you posted, I like Steffi by Burda and Gertie's jacket best. I love Watson too, but capes that stop at the elbow seem impractical to me... although they look beautiful. I just started a tailoring class, and I've had a terrible time trying to pick a jacket pattern. Too many contenders! Here's my list of favorites: http://pinterest.com/errantpear/coat-and-jacket-patterns/

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    1. I have to agree with you about the Anise. The collar looks odd. In theory Colette patterns are great, but I invested 22.00 some- odd dollars(pattern plus shipping) in the Violet blouse pattern, and in the end, I thought it was a turkey. The collar was similar in construction to this jacket, and no matter how I tweaked it, it still looked awkward.

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    2. Glad I'm not the only one... maybe I am just getting too picky. I do love that style of collar... but we see it everywhere in the sewing community, and I was hoping for something a little different from Colette this time. Oh well. I'm still super excited to see what else Sarai has in store for us this fall.

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    3. I guess the nature of independent pattern designs is that such a limited run won't appeal to everyone, and indeed many indie patterns aren't up my street. Personally I like the Anise though - it suits my taste. And I love the superfluous, decadent quality of cape-on-jacket!

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  27. Personally I really love the Watson (I want to make the sleeveless version) and now I've started thinking the Anise would be my second choice.

    I've had the steffi favorited for years, but I'm worried it will be too tailored for me and I'll never wear it. I did finally print out the pattern for the matching waistcoat (Franzi) and hope to make a few of those this fall.

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  28. I think the Anise is super cute, especially in that colour, was that what you we're thinking of? I too need a new winter jacket, but think I'm not quite skilled enough to make one, yet...

    Freya May
    thedressmakingdiaries.blogspot.com

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    1. In every colour, Freya May, every colour...

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  29. I like the Watson jacket, even it's sized too small for me. I'm still on the hunt for my Perfect Jacket pattern...it should fit easy like a swing coat in the front & sides, with light fitting in the back, & a shawl collar....

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  30. Definitely the Steffi one - it's adorable! Hmm, might just have to add another project to the list...

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  31. Why oh why are all the jackets these days short and cropped? Does anyone else wonder why jackets that hit us ladies at our widest part seem to be so popular? All the cute indy pattern companies seem to make jackets for model type women, it's frustrating. Oh well. The long one looks nice.

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    1. Hehe I guess they can't please everyone! Personally as a "vertically challenged" lady I LOVE cropped jackets :)

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  32. I love, Love, LOVE the Colette pattern! I've already ordered mine and the additional guide, which is PACKED with great info. I'm planning to make it in black wool/cashmere!!

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  33. I saw on couturestuff.com that a new French pattern company just released a line of patterns (soon to be in English) and you might like this jacket: http://boutique.deer-and-doe.fr/4--veste-pavot.html.

    I adore all of the jackets you posted on here. You've inspired me to make a jacket.

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    1. I do indeed like that jacket! I love loads of her patterns, in fact. I might try one out with my French flatmate...

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  34. I for one can't wait till the Anise hits the UK shores (I have been told the order is winging it's way across the Ocean to me now) I am thinking of making it in a patterned wool mix fabric maybe a cute check or something xx

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    1. It'll look seriously cute in check!

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  35. The jacket pattern in the BurdaStyle book is pretty nice and has some great ideas for adapting the pattern. I am hoping to start this soon, although now that we are going into summer it is fast falling down the priority list.

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