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Plain Grey Jacket

Added Nov 11, 2010

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






Another pattern from Pattern Drafting vol. II, this is from page 134 and it is called The Onepiece-Coat Ensemble (it is spelled that way!). I only made the coat and made several changes to it. It was shortened into a jacket since I only had one meter of the fabric, and three buttons are used instead of one.

The jacket has a pair of neck darts on each side and I love the fact that a lot of vintage patterns always have neck darts. They really make the neckline sits nicely. The sleeves are cut as one continuous piece with the bodice, I believe they are called kimono sleeves. The underarm of the sleeves are connected to the bodice with sleeve gussets. Actually I chose this pattern because I wanted to try making a garment with sleeve gusset. Although it was very different than ordinary sleeves, sewing the gusset wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. The front openings are not overlapped since they are using buttons and fabric loops.

The end result was… well, a bit too plain for my taste. It’s just a plain grey shapeless jacket. Maybe I should have added more details to it, like ruffles or pleats or pockets or collars or tassels (maybe not). On the other hand, maybe it doesn’t hurt to have a rather plain addition to my wardrobe that I can pair with other stuff like this wacky leggings. Anyway, my husband saw the jacket when he came back from work, and he commented that it was really cute. At the end of the day, I still don’t know how I really feel about this jacket.

Also blogged here

Material Notes

grey wool and Nani IRO double-gauze cotton (lining)




Garment Type



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    Dec 26, 2010, 09.38 PMby lamildesigns

    WOW is all I have to say!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 01.27 AMby abarefoot

    Love love love it.

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    Nov 17, 2010, 02.22 AMby Erin E

    I left a comment on your blog when you posted about this jacket, but just wanted to let you know that I featured this on MY blog :)

    BurdaStyle Top Picks :: November Week 1 et 2

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    Nov 12, 2010, 04.43 PMby tinybows

    so cute! love the lining!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 04.05 PMby tilshmil

    Well done! It looks great on you.

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    Nov 12, 2010, 01.52 PMby barbaraagatha

    As always, insanely beautiful and perfect look with polka dot tights and boots :)

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    Nov 12, 2010, 12.43 PMby ajtak7171

    This is definitely not plain in a negative sense at all! I love the clean lines, the simplicity of it, and I am very glad you did NOT add tassels or ruffles!!! The lining gives it a little extra kick and you did a brilliant job with the styling of this whole outfit. I love kimono sleeves and have had a go at gussets before myself. It’s now one of my favorite things for sleeves! Congratulations!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 02.34 AMby ellohdesign

    Love the shape

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    Nov 11, 2010, 09.29 PMby laceumbrella

    This is a stunning jacket and so beautifully made!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 08.44 PMby reneebies

    so awesome!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 05.34 PMby carottesauvage

    Very beautiful indeed! Great outfit

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    Nov 11, 2010, 04.13 PMby sunnilj9

    Oh, I find the simplicity extraordinary! The use of beautiful fabric and a delightful lining only add to the chicness factor here. It’s lovely and on you especially!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 04.06 PMby Theano Psilaki

    i love it

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    Nov 11, 2010, 02.34 PMby Natalia *

    Its a beautiful jacket. I love it the way it is.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 02.18 PMby Shira B

    I love it!!! it’s gorgeous :)
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    Nov 11, 2010, 02.14 PMby sewingqueen-1

    This is a wonderful jacket! – the style is simple and timeless – so versatile. I love the darts at the neckline.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 01.45 PMby mojo elgin

    I love this jacket! You’re right about a simple piece being perfect with fun and funky pieces. Those leggings are great! With a jacket like this, you can go a little crazy with the rest of the outfit. This will anchor it.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 12.34 PMby hdk100

    Your husband was right, cute! And simple is not always plain, I think it looks great! (I wish I knew what a gusset was though…) :)

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.22 PMby verypurpleperson

      The underarm gusset is a piece of fabric added to underarm area to give better ease, usually four-sided shape like rectangular. As the sleeves are cut as one continuous piece with the bodice, it will be flat and two dimensional without the gusset.
      Thank you! :)

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      Nov 12, 2010, 08.37 AMby hdk100

      AHA! Thank U! I get it now! :)

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    Nov 11, 2010, 11.51 AMby janul

    great jacket, and you look lovely with this hairstyle :)

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.24 PMby verypurpleperson

      Awww how sweet of you! It was actually a bad hair day so I pulled it up :P

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    Nov 11, 2010, 10.54 AMby myasew

    completely gorgeous, I love the simple style of this jacket, and looks great with those leggings. I hope you have fallen in love with it too.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 10.43 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    very very elegant yet chick! adorable!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 10.16 AMby aggelicat .)

    I like it just the way it is!!!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 08.51 AMby zenica

    it is so cute! I just love the lining!

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.23 PMby verypurpleperson

      It’s my favorite part too, and it is so comfortable to the skin :)

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    Nov 11, 2010, 08.34 AMby zaarissima

    this jacket is very beautiful – to wear it from fall to spring! I love this classic pattern!

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.22 PMby verypurpleperson

      Glad that you like it! It is indeed perfect for fall :)

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