Whew! What a journey this make was! This biker jacket is my latest college assignment having been given the task of designing and drafting a jacket.
I can’t really say this was completely self-drafted as I had a fair bit of direction from my fabulous teacher, but the majority of the work from conception to creation was by my own fair hand.
I’ve wanted a biker jacket for so long that when this assignment came up I knew instantly what I would do. I love the versatility of the style and I hope that I can make this pattern out of leather one day.
As this jacket is self-drafted I would call this particular garment a first sample rather than a finished pattern as this is the first time I have constructed all the pattern pieces in fashion fabrics. The main fabric is a wool/cashmere coating and the lining a matching cotton blend faille, both of which I bought half price from the Tessuti remnant table. There was just enough for both and they go so well together that it really was just meant to happen!
There are a few compromises on this jacket that are the result of having to invent your own assembly instructions, but nothing that couldn’t be easily sorted on a second sample. I would also make the next sample slightly smaller as this size is perfect for a wool jacket, but I would like my leather one to be ever so slightly tighter.
There are plenty of ‘firsts’ in this jacket too: exposed zipper pockets, exposed zipper sleeve vents, shoulder pads! I am especially proud of the details despite some of the construction compromises.
I have also discovered my love for wool coating! This fabric is a dream to sew with. It is so thick you have to positively try to pucker it when easing one layer into another – the sleeves went in with none of the usual cursing. All in all I’m calling it a success!