Quick post today:
I made this jacket a while ago and am just getting around to posting it, mostly because for as difficult as it may seem for me to get pictures of my KIDS wearing the stuff I made, it is infinitely harder for some reason to make the time to get pictures of myself. So finally, I got the photos.
I had been admiring this fabric for a while at JoAnn's, but couldn't justify the $12.99/yard. So when I found an almost-full-yard in the remnant bin (when the fabric was on sale, no less!) I snapped it up. I ended up paying less than $4 for the fabric. It's hard to tell in photos, but the black stripes are actually a semi-sheer lacy print.
To make the jacket, I drafted a pattern using the steps outlined in this tutorial from Katy at No Big Dill (this post was a guest post on Love in the Mommyhood.) I think I chose a smaller shirt to begin with. If I wanted more of a true jacket, I would start with a shirt that's pretty roomy for making your pattern. But my fabric was very thin and I wanted more of a tunic that I could belt--I wouldn't really be wearing it for warmth. Although I would recommend drawing your pattern bigger than you think--my neckline came out smaller than I expected, and I actually had to throw out my first pair of sleeves for being too small, which is why these are only elbow-length--that's all the fabric I had left!
All of my edges are raw--neckline, sleeves, hem, and the front of the jacket. Jersey doesn't fray, so I cut carefully, and on the hem and sleeves I pulled to give the edge a slight roll. The complete lack of hemming makes this a super-quick project, especially if you have already drafted a well-fitting top pattern for yourself.
I love that I can wear it loose or belted.
The end. I told you it was a quick one today!