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Birthday Jacket

Added Oct 26, 2008

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






I almost can’t believe I finally finished it! This jacket is supposed to be my husband’s birtday present, but I miscalculated the working time, so it came out a bit late.

I make some changes to the pattern. The jacket collar is changed to stand-up collar, thus the front opening is changed and more buttons are added. The pockets are changed too, and the sleeves slits are eliminated.

The fabric is blue corduroy with subtle stripes in different hues of blue, giving it a somewhat worn appearance. The lining is double-gauze cotton in tiny stripes of black and white.

To my surprise, sewing it was not as difficult as I’ve imagined. Sure, the pieces were a lot, but I just had to piece them one by one and they magically transformed into a jacket.

Anyway, it was only two days late, so that wasn’t so bad. And the better thing is, my husband really loves the jacket. He has already requested two more jackets. Anything for you, darling.

Material Notes

Corduroy, double-gauze cotton




Garment Type



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    Sep 20, 2016, 08.25 AMby Dallinlarsen5

    nice one

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    Nov 3, 2009, 09.01 PMby bunnyswan

    i loveeeeeeeeee the fabric and the fit on him, and my god if i had a man to make jackets for, id do so with passion also… this really makes me consider going into menswear :D

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    Oct 12, 2009, 11.53 PMby passthepins

    I think this actually looks alot better than the original.. now if only i could get MY boyfriend to wear the stuff I would like him to wear… I did make him a sweatshirt that he loved, and then he put it in the dryer, and it basically became a midriff top, and he hasnt worn it since.. Now , if I ask him if he would like me to make him something he says “NO” before Ive even finighed asking the question.. Any way, well done on a great jacket, and a husband that will wear it! :)

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    Nov 25, 2008, 11.31 PMby Max Hernandez

    How long did it take you to make? it looks good i like it alot but im wondering if i should do it next i was thinking about using wool or Pinstriped suiting fabric in black and then black lining

    i wanna try and tailor it but i dont wanna rush in and mess it up

    also i was wondering if this jacket would even fit me perhaps lol first i had the idea for making it 4 my brother but then im nt sure if it would even fit me

    I have a 34" Chest 28" waist my neck size is like 15 1/2 and im like about 5"5 tall

    any help here lol im like a beginner :D

    i would appreciate the help alot :)

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    Nov 6, 2008, 09.33 PMby alekat

    this is fantastic! and the alteration is spot-on i agree with Jeffreys comment above. The quintessential modern family!!

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    Nov 3, 2008, 10.55 AMby pinksalamander

    Make him some trousers next year and he can have a complete ‘birthday suit!’ ;) Great work!

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    Oct 28, 2008, 12.07 PMby dianacirne

    Oh! So beautiful! I love this! I imagine your husband, he should be proud! And you too!

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    Oct 28, 2008, 06.34 AMby bola

    wow great! simply great! I want to make one for my husband too!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 08.10 PMby oodko

    He looks smashing in it! What a great present, you should be really happy with it.

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    Oct 27, 2008, 05.56 PMby the-gilded-bee

    Superb work!! What a great project. Lucky chap!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 05.30 PMby antigone

    I love that jacket-it looks perfect! Your husband is a very lucky man. It looks like you have a very happy family, as well! Great job!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 04.40 PMby mmmrphs

    Absolutely amazing – A wonderful birthday present! Great alerations, and that striped corduoroy is so cool!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 09.42 AMby sewella

    Wow – once again you proved your amazing gift and skills. I must say the jacket is gorgeous!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 08.48 AMby smvphotography

    lucky guy! great work! love the pockets.

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    Oct 27, 2008, 05.59 AMby anajan

    Well done, girl! Awesome jacket, I like your alterations very much. Corduroy is an excellent fabric choice.

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    Oct 27, 2008, 04.11 AMby polychromatin

    Oh girl, your kiling me ;) What a great jacket! It looks really perfect, I like the fabric choice, your alterations, everything about it :) Your man can be so happy. I hope my boyfriend is just half as happy when he sees what I’ve made him for his birthday (I’m afraid :D)

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    Oct 27, 2008, 04.10 AMby miss-g

    I think I like your version better than the original, and the fabric choice is excellent.

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    Oct 27, 2008, 03.54 AMby krunamagiar

    I agree… good choice of color and happy family picture ^^

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    Oct 27, 2008, 02.33 AMby ghainskom

    I love the changes you’ve done. Well done!

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    Oct 27, 2008, 01.59 AMby mjb14

    Well done – the jacket looks fantastic. Your alterations have given it a less formal look.

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    Oct 27, 2008, 01.47 AMby lybu

    Wow. This jacket looks great and professional made. Bravo !!!

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    Oct 26, 2008, 08.53 PMby jeffrey

    wonderful purple, another smash hit. I’m so jealous/happy for your husband. What a wonderfully-idilic life your photos project. A beautiful family, in well dressed in custom-tailored-homemade clothes, running around having a wonderful time. Your work makes me happy.

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    Oct 26, 2008, 08.50 PMby calicocouture

    Fantastic! The fabric is awesome, and the jacket looks so well constucted. I really like the changes too.

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    Oct 26, 2008, 07.37 PMby auntchelle

    You have done a wonderful job. I love your fabric choice. I love the changes. No wonder your DH loves it. You are one stylish family.

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    Oct 26, 2008, 06.48 PMby grinchy

    It’s great! It fits him so well! Nice job.

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    Oct 26, 2008, 06.12 PMby lunatepetal

    lovely jacket!!

    i really like the changes you made from the original – collar, sleeves and pockets look great!

    no wonder why your husband loves it so much :) Hapy B-day to him!

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