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Larissa Earhart Jacket

Added Oct 4, 2010

by loyl8

Wauwatosa, Wisco...






I made this cropped motorcycle/bomber-esque jacket with an asymmetrical zipper for CraftStylish jacket contest. I was inspired by Amelia Earhart (an amazing woman) and Burberry (F/W 2010) for their shearling coat.(I added a page I found from WhoWhatWear) I found this fabric and had a brilliant idea. I made a toile first from muslin with the instructions. Then when I made the actual jacket I did it with exposed seams so the faux shearling would show and have more of a rugged look. That was way harder than I thought. Working with the nap direction made it harder also. I did not make a lining because it is reversible fabric, but I did make the facing. The facing was hand sewen on the top to the collar piece. I trimmed the shearling down where there were multiple layers so it would lay better.

I altered the pattern a little by making the front pocket openings smaller and the wrist zippers longer. Instead of folding the wrist facing under I altered the pattern to make the facing longer and folded it up and hand sewed the cuff to the sleeve. I only interfaced the waistband. I made the collar about an inch longer and sewed the exposed seam down with rows of stitching in the back.I found some really adorable snaps to put on the jacket at the last minute (West is my maiden name). The back vents were a little difficult to control with the fabric choice I made, but makes it easier to wear. The jacket also includes shoulder and waist tabs with snaps and extra padding on the elbow (maybe one day I’ll hand quilt the elbow pads).

I have also thought about adding leather straps to the wrists with leather scraps from the craft store and an extra pocket to the top right. We will see how motivated I get.This was my first shot at an advanced pattern. I am really happy the way it turned out and I hope you do too. Let me know if there is anything I could do to make it better.

I styled this with (inside pics): Buffalo cropped jeans, brown faux leather riding boots, fine gray jersey tshirt, and my grandma’s scarf (Amelia-esque). (outside pics): Vintage houndstooth skirt, olive/white striped tank, olive knee socks, Jcrew ankle boots, and my grandma’s scarf. I had a ton of ideas, but I wasn’t sure which way to go with the styling. I wanted to take a clue from the runway, but I didn’t have the perfect lacey chiffony kind of dress in the right color.

Material Notes

Faux reversible shearling/suede, jeans needle, open end brass/brown zipper for center, two closed end 7" brown/brass zippers for sleeves, two closed end 5" brown/brass zippers for pockets, antique brass snaps, interfacing for the waistband, brown/ivory thread, patience and creativity.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Other
Blends, Leather/Fur


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    Jul 18, 2014, 06.47 PMby kissyree

    This jacket is very well designed, and I love how you used the faux shearling side for the waistband, cuffs, and collar! It also looks pretty cozy, and makes me wish I could make a jacket like this for myself!

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      Aug 12, 2014, 11.06 PMby loyl8

      Oh thank you :)

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    Apr 4, 2011, 03.30 AMby mnavoy

    This is stunning. I love it!

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    Feb 11, 2011, 04.31 PMby aleah

    Lovely! Can’t believe there aren’t more comments here.

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      Feb 12, 2011, 07.06 AMby loyl8

      Well thank you I thought I would have to but that’s ok. Thanks a ton :)

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    Dec 1, 2010, 08.27 AMby dudette0sam

    this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nov 19, 2010, 04.28 PMby kajsasyr

    Great work! I love the pattern and your finished jacket.

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    Oct 25, 2010, 01.15 AMby Junipur Guacamolé

    It’s very stylish and looks to keep you warm on chilly days. I like it lots!! Great job!

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    Oct 19, 2010, 01.39 AMby beaufabulous

    Awesome jacket! It looks fabulous! very inspiring :)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 05.36 PMby knt831

    So cool. I love this jacket, you did a great job!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 04.03 PMby lala86

    I looove this pattern so very much. I wish I could buy it someday! Amazing jacket

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    Oct 18, 2010, 02.28 PMby wzrdreams

    So amazing! That fabric looks quite challenging. Great job!

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      Oct 18, 2010, 08.20 PMby loyl8

      It was, but I made it through and I am very happy with it. Thank you :)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 10.02 AMby infinite-plus-one

    Love it (:

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