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17 October 2006, 09:16

I downloaded this jacket pattern by designer Yohji Yamamoto a few years ago, but I never really got any further than that until I discovered a late-open Kinkos in central London that could large-format print the free pdf for me (because, frankly, I have better things to do with my time than print and tape together 54 sheets of A4 paper!). With the pattern in hand, it was only a matter of days before this jacket was keeping me warm.

This jacket is such an interesting design – it only has two pattern pieces, and can be worn two different ways. I’m actually not sure which way I prefer it, so I’ll let you all decide (leave a comment telling me which view you prefer!).

View A:

View B:

I made it with some heavyweight salt & pepper wool (originally from Walthamstow Market, and had been used to make this jacket in a former life) and I decided to line it with some emerald raw silk (leftover from a top I made for her of the Princess Dress a few years back). The pattern didn’t call for a lining, so I just duplicated the arms/back pattern piece, sewed the outer and lining arms and darts independently, then basted the outer and lining together along the outer edge.

Lining:

The construction was pretty straightforward once you can visualise how the two pieces fit together. I found it really helpful to tape together the paper pattern pieces first, and using different coloured tailor tacks for all the various alignment markings also helped immensely. This isn’t a pattern for beginners (since there are no instructions – I found this diagram helpful, though), and this isn’t a pattern for the fashion-phobic, either. I’d only recommend sewing this to others if you like the end result photos from myself and others and are not a shy dresser! This is a designer “statement” and you will get noticed.

Myself, I’m really warming to this jacket and I enjoy being able to choose which way I want to wear it in the morning (View B looks particularly good with a big brooch on one of the collar flaps).

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Comments:

  1. I know this pattern, and the same reason has kept me from trying it. It looks great! My vote is for “B”, the shape is more defined.


    Lisa    Oct 17, 10:38 PM    #
  2. Ooh, I think View A is best!


    — Tam    Nov 3, 11:15 AM    #
  3. Your jacket is so fab either way!
    I’ve printed out the pattern and I am dying to buy fabric for it. Is your “heavy weight” a woven, or a heavy double knit? I as because there is an indication on the sleeves to stretch one of the seams. I think I’m going to go with a double knit.


    — Grace    Mar 4, 09:35 PM    #
  4. Lovely! I like view B better. How much fabric did you need for this?


    G    Mar 31, 09:21 AM    #

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