Boyfriend Jacket & Shell 311

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Boyfriend Jacket
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Boyfriend Jacket
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Boyfriend Jacket & Shell 311

18.05

Jacket: Oversized finger tip length jacket with a shawl collar, one piece sleeve, slightly dropped shoulder line, princess seams and one button closure.

Exclusive to this jacket is the technique for a shawl collar application. The proper proportion is essential to the success of this jacket.  Bust darts in the larger sizes improve the fit and eliminate bust line draping.

Shell: Simple boatneck shell.

Suggested Fabrics: Cotton/LYCRA knit, lightweight/midweight wool suitings, cashmere coating, silk/rayon velvet, linen, and midweight/textured rayon blends

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The Boyfriend Jacket, #311, Christine Jonson Patterns
Reviewed by Kathy White, Carlsbad, CA

This lightweight comfortable knit jacket has a long, lean look. The shawl collar and broad shoulders are part of the illusion. Even though this is a casual jacket, the shoulders do require pads.
I made the pattern up in the suggested cotton/LYCRA knit available from Christine Jonson. The patterns recommends that the fabric not be prewashed, which bothered me, as the cotton will shrink later when it is washed. I asked Christine and she persuaded me that jackets are not normally washed. However, I couldn’t resist prewashing the piece use for the shell top (included in the pattern). It came out of the dryer soft and sewed up beautifully, although the cut edges did curl slightly. I could see, though, that the sizing in the unwashed fabric made it better for a jacket.
Christine is a professional pattern maker with years of industry experience and it shows. Her attention to detail is remarkable. The instructions are clear and cover everything. She even notes that fusible interfacing will shrink and cuts the facing longer to accommodate this.
Since all seams are done with a serger, I wish that she had use 3/8” seam allowances as used in the industry. I find a 5/8” seam allowance on the serger harder to sew accurately. I got my wish after I tried on the jacket. It was huge. Falling between her sizes, I had gone with the larger. Because the fabric is soft and lightweight and the pattern oversized, the jacket needed to be narrower fitting. So I picked it all apart and recut the medium, using 3/8” seam allowances. It went together like a charm.
Unlike some of her more fitted garments in the pattern line, this jacket could easily be made out of other fabrics. In the Lycra knit, this would make a great jacket for traveling, as it packs small and wrinkles would simply smooth out.
— The Creative Machine, Summer 1999

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