A Moto Jacket by SBCC Patterns

I made a jacket!! It’s not the most seasonally appropriate item I’ve made, and it came hot on the heels of my Linden sweatshirt. You could conclude that I’m yearning for some chilly Christmas weather! The malls of KL have been full of amazing Christmas decorations since mid-November. This must have triggered some Northern European subliminal behaviour in me.

I first saw this jacket made up by Heather Lou of Closet Case Files. It was absolutely love at first sight. If the truth be told, I still visit her blog to look longingly at it even now!  So I had to console myself by making my own.

The pattern is the Moto Chic Jacket by Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic Patterns (SBCC), who specialise in petite and petite plus-sizing. I’m not petite in any dimension, so after consulting SBCC’s Betsy for advice I added 1″ to the length of the bodice and cut a size medium. The adjustment was sufficient and resulted in a perfectly fitting jacket all over, but particularly across the bust and back. I can only conclude that the drafting of this pattern is exceptional. It’s exciting to find a pattern company that uses dimensions similar to mine.

This jacket has been a labour of love, and I’ve taken my time over every single step. Unusually for me, I’ve made several items whilst this jacket has been under construction. I guess the tropical temperatures meant that I wasn’t desperate to wear it immediately. I also had the urge for a few quick-fix projects such as the Linden sweatshirt and Hemlock tee. Finally, the shaming of my unfinished Anna dress as part of the #Sewvember photo hop caused me to complete that too.

There’s a few new techniques in here for me: an outer jacket zip, two-part sleeves, and a bagged lining. I used a dark navy cotton drill for the outer, and a bright pink African wax cotton from my stash for the lining. I’d used this cherry print for a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, so I guess that presents the option of matching my trousers to my jacket! I love the design features on this jacket. The peplum is really flattering and hits the waist at just the right place. When zipped up, the jacket gives a really nice fitted look.

I even went as far as adding pink bias binding to the visible seams! That’s got to be the point of handmade clothes, right? I’m wearing it here with my favourite H&M striped Tee dress; one of the few items I’ve bought this year. It does feel strange to wear shop-bought when the majority of my wardrobe is handmade, but you can’t help what you fall in love with!

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