Sewing Circle: A simple double-breasted jacket
Q: Hi Suzannah, I have a sewing circle question:
I just fell in love with this jacket:
But I can't find a pattern that comes close - it looks so easy! Just three panels with darts in the front. But everything I find looks so complicated, there has to be a better option out there. Help me! Also, any tips for matching stripes?
A: Hi Jenny, Thanks for reading, and thanks for your question!
Great question—that does look like a super simple pattern, why can’t we find something similar?!
You can make any pattern into a double-breasted one by adding width on one side, and adding curve to the neckline overlap piece to match the ModCloth one. AND make sure you re-center the buttons when you add a second row! The old center line of the coat, where the buttons were, is your new true center, so offset the two rows an equal distance from that.
I did find these similar patterns…
This New Look one. A little more shaped, and has princess seams you'd have to match stripes on...
Butterick B5712. Pretty simple, nice open neckline. Just add the extension for a double-breasted version! And give it longer sleeves.
I know, it looks SO 90's, but look at the construction--pretty similar! Butterick B5400. Can you believe they still sell this pattern? At least redraw the models, Butterick, jeez... The tapestry floral coat (ugh) at top left is closest--just add the double breast, and maybe don't round off the corners.
BurdaStyle (by Simplicity?) 7262. Also dated, but has similar structure. A few more seams to match stripes with...
Simplicity 6616, which has lots of combinations of the options on the package. Already has a double-breasted pattern included.
Does it look like any of those would work? None are the one-piece side dart bodice front, but… some are pretty simple.
And, of course, use a good sturdy fabric (I'd suggest a home dec twill or soft canvas) and don't forget to match the stripes! Have fun, this sounds like a super fun project...
Readers, what would you say? Have you seen the perfect pattern? Would you modify something like one of the ones above?