Trying to find a cute jacket to update your "momiform" wardrobe for fall? Well look no further. The Aberdeen Jacket by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co. Patterns is the perfect choice. With mixing and matching pattern and fabric options, the possibilities are endless.
The Aberdeen Jacket, in sizes 2-22, has a ton of options so you can customize the perfect jacket to meet your wants and needs. The fit of the jacket is semi-fitted with a wide shawl collar. There is an asymmetrical closure which fits with the current fall trends.
There are options for the lengths of the jacket and sleeves. Here I have chosen the cropped jacket style with the full length sleeve. Alternatively, included in the pattern are the 3/4 length sleeve option and a longer, past hip length for the coat.
Each sleeve consists of two pieces, the arm and the cuff. The pattern includes instructions for finishing the cuffs and closure of the jacket with either zippers or buttons. The button version includes a single breasted button closure, buttoning flaps over the welt pockets, and straps on the sleeve cuffs. I chose the zipper versions because I fell in love with these trendy gold zippers. These are Coats and Clark brand. My local JoAnn Fabrics did not have the exact zipper lengths I needed, but metal zippers are adjustable with a little handy work. If you would like a tutorial on metal zippers, let me know!
The pattern also includes instructions for both lined and unlined versions. I chose to do the unlined version because I was using a sweatshirt knit that was super soft and cozy on the reverse side. On the topic of fabric, the fabric you choose can greatly affect the style of your final product. The pattern recommends a bottom weight fabric such as denim, twill, suiting) or medium to heavyweight knits with little stretch. A sweatshirt knit like mine is very transitional and can work well with casual outfits. It's perfect to throw on before running errands or heading to the bus stop. I also feel perfectly comfortable wearing it out to a casual dinner. I think I will make my next Aberdeen in a bottom weight cotton sateen for a dressier version ... and maybe shiny buttons.
The construction of this pattern is awesome, welt pockets and seams. You will probably learn a new skill. I know I did! The flat-felled seams are fantastic. The princess seams also make altering the pattern for your figure a snap. Rebecca of Rock the Stitch really knows how to put together a professional looking garment. You will impress yourself with completing this project.
While it is not a quick sew, the instructions are fantastic and you are making a garment that you can wear every day of the season. Put in a little love and care and you will feel rockin' in your final product. I do!
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