Pattern: self-drafted from Vogue's Anna Sui Misses/Misses' Petite Dress and Slip #V1177
Fabric: remnant stretch wool blend from my coat
My mom gifted me this beautiful stretch wool for my new coat. She was absolutely in love with the fabric, especially the way it streeetches. When I saw that I had a little less than a yard left, the idea for this retro swing jacket came to mind as a 'thank you' for the beautiful wool. It is based on a jacket I already own, and drafted off an Anna Sui dress pattern that had a similar yoke and was made for wovens.
To draft the pattern, I started with the pattern pieces from Vogue's Anna Sui dress. I liked how the body gathers into the yoke of the dress, but don't like dealing with all the pieces of a Vogue pattern (remember: I was dealing with just a remnant of fabric). I simplified the yoke by combining it into one piece, removing the upper pleats. I also did the same with the sleeves. For the body, I gathered the pleats instead of pleating them. Finally, I added a collar. The result was a very simple and cute jacket.
The jacket has gotten me in the mood to make more! I'm working on a wool pullover and bought some velvet for a motorcycle jacket...