Enter the newly-released Three's a Charm Jacket, from Decades of Style, as part of their Decades Everyday line.
|Three's a Charm Jacket - Decades Everyday|
I apologize in advance for the poor lighting in these photos. We were waiting for a sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest, which didn't arrive by the time that this post was scheduled to run. Note that I have the jacket closed with a pin in this picture. You have the option to use a button or hook and eye closure for this pattern. None of the buttons in my stash called to me for this particular project, but on the other hand, I'm not quite ready to settle for a hook and eye yet. So...being closed with a pin (and otherwise worn open) will have to do for now.
|Three's a Charm Jacket (closed)|
|Three's a Charm Jacket - Back|
|Floral print stretch denim|
This denim fabric is 97% cotton and 3% lycra. If you order, make sure to pre-wash, as it does soften up quite a bit in the wash. The scale of the print works well for a jacket, skirt, or a pair of floral-print jeans, which have been back in style again for the past couple of years.
I really enjoyed working on this jacket--it's about as close to an instant gratification project as you can get for a jacket. It's unlined and has facings for the center front and front hem edges. The facings are top-stitched down, so you don't have to mess with hand-stitching, if that's not your thing (it's definitely not my thing.)
If you wanted to get fancy with finishing your seam allowances, you could do a Hong Kong finish on the insides. Since I was working with denim, I opted to simply serge my seam allowances.
|The "guts" of my jacket|
For such a simple jacket, a surprising amount of shaping was drafted into this pattern. It includes back shoulder darts, back waist (fisheye) darts, bust darts and front waist (fisheye) darts. I added a shoulder dart as part of the Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) that I did, which required me to rotate part of the bust dart elsewhere so as to not make that dart too large.
|Three's a Charm jacket - open|