Whether you like it or not, cold weather is coming to most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. And as much as I like parts of summer, the chance to layer my outfits is one of the reasons I love Fall. Sweater weather. Boots. Scarves. I'm in heaven.
That's why we've chosen jackets for our October theme. Lighter layers that can be thrown over a t-shirt as nights get colder, then thrown over a sweater as the days stay cooler as well.
When we went out searching for jacket patterns, there was a wide range of styles to choose from. We wanted to drawn the line between jackets and coats, with jackets being lighter, closer fitting, and less insulated. Cottons, lighter wools, and fabrics with interesting texture were the name of the game. And with that in mind, we've chosen four patterns that we think will be amazing pieces to keep you warm (but not too warm) all season long!
Sew Fearless Box: Lupin Jacket from Deer & Doe Patterns
The Lupin Jacket is a cross between a moto jacket, a bomber jacket and a blazer, and it has, in our opinion, all the best parts. It's a short, draped jacket with an easy, bomber jacket inspired collar. It is fully lined and features welt pockets, a cinched waist and shoulder tabs.
Hitting right at the waist, it's the perfect layering piece for fit and flare dresses, jumpsuits or even t-shirts and jeans. Put it over the jumpsuits from September or the airy dresses from July, and you've immediately converted your summer makes into three season outfits. How awesome is that??
Sew Confident Box: Rigel Bomber from Papercut Patterns
If the Lupin Jacket has bomber jacket elements, the Rigel Bomber takes up the full mantle. With knit ribbing at the neck and cuffs and a zipper closure, it's the most casual look of the patterns in this theme, but we think that might be our favorite part of it. It's the perfect jacket to throw over a pair of jeans and immediately create a statement look. This is your weekender jacket - you know, the one you throw in a bag when you're going apple picking, or camping, or shopping, whatever your days off entail.
With the neutral ribbing, we decided to have fun with some patterns so that you can create a jacket that's not just a neutral cover up, but actually integral part of your wardrobe. Also, with each of these options, we're giving you a small cut of vegan leather to use on the shoulder detail if you'd like.
Sew Curvy Box: Tania Coatigan from Jalie Patterns
If you're looking for a transitional jacket for the fall season, a coatigan seems like the perfect compromise. Part coat, part sweater, all snuggly warmth, it's light enough to be worn as a house coat but warm enough to go outside in. And the collar gives it a nice touch of sophistication beyond your typical sweater.
The other great thing about this coatigan? It can be made in so many lovely fabrics for different looks. In a sweater knit, it's loose-fitting and casual. In a heavier wool, it's verging on coat territory. And in a tightly woven broadcloth, it resembles a blazer. We decided to play with the different looks with our fabric options, and we hope you find one that gives you the style you want.
Sew Indulgent Box: Tamarack Jacket from Grainline Studio
The Tamarack Jacket is what we would consider the Platonic ideal of a transitional jacket. Simple, clean lines (like all the Grainline Studio patterns) mark this design. But it's the details that really set it apart. Welt pockets and a curved hem. Snap closures and a chance to play with a lining. And did we mention the quilting?! We are not quilters by trade, but the chance to incorporate the technique into garment sewing was too good to pass up. The pattern itself comes with two different suggested designs, but the great thing is that you can truly customize this jacket with the quilting design. And the you can firmly say that your jacket is one of a kind!
For each of these options, we will include a matching lining fabric in a novelty print. If you do not want the lining and would prefer to use the self fabric, just let us know.
In our ICYMI Classic Boxes, we're re-offering our Knit Shirt Boxes from last April. We do realize that not everyone lives in a cold climates, so for those of you who do not need jackets, these are a great alternative.
We are also going to be running a site-wide sale on our fabric and patterns in the next few weeks, so if you don't do so already, now is the time to sign up for our newsletter or follow us in Instagram.
Lastly, no travel plans this month, so the swatches should go out in a timely manner. I apologize for variation in this, but Needle Sharp is still a one woman operation, so delays happen from time to time.
Until next time...