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Boyfriend Jacket and Boat Neck Sleeveless Tee PLUS oversized pocket pattern FREE

Ann Siegle

We heart the Boyfriend blazer! And sewing yourself a lovely, gently shaped, slightly oversized long boyfriend jacket in a knit fabric is about the best kind of Boyfriend jacket there is. You can also sew it in a woven fabric - perfect for spring and summer linen fabrics, medium weight print woven fabrics, pinstripes or plaid/tartan.

We’ve included an oversized pocket template (same one as from the Easy Coat) that you can download FREE and add to your boyfriend. This finger-tip length jacket is perfect for wearing over the slightly cropped Boat Neck sleeveless tee included in the sewing pattern, or any other spring top that you love.

Get the free Boyfriend blazer pocket here:

Read more about the boyfriend blazer and sewing knit jackets and blazers on our blog by searching Boyfriend in the search bar above.

Check out our Pinterest board for boyfriend blazer styling ideas.

Check out our YouTube channel on Sunday, March 10 at 5pm eastern for brand new video exploring the boyfriend jacket.

Looks great with jeans, looks great with midi skirts, looks fab over mini skirts, too, what’s not to love about the Boyfriend? It will love you back :)

Looks great with jeans, looks great with midi skirts, looks fab over mini skirts, too, what’s not to love about the Boyfriend? It will love you back :)

Sewing for Spring Break 2019: a capsule wardrobe for the sun!

Ann Siegle

Sewing for Spring break? Use your favorite Christine Jonson Patterns mixed in with other patterns you might already have to create a great spring break wardrobe that will jump start your summer wardrobe as well. This spring to summer wardrobe features essentials for your beach or tropical holiday!

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Travel Trio Three Raglan Tee Swim tee/rash guard: Any visit to a warm locale in the winter comes with intense sun on winter-white skin! Protect your skin with a rash guard sewn in swim or SPF fabric. Be sure to extend the neckband by 1/2” (the tee is designed for the soft stretch of rayon/lycra so the neck doesn’t need stabilizing before sewing and is designed to stretch, but swim’s snappier stretch needs a looser neckline to begin with.) Even though swim isn’t necessarily treated with SPF, a good swim fabric WILL block the sun’s rays due to the composition AND technical construction of the knit. Beware bargain swim from craft stores- buy your swim from SpandexHouse or other quality retailers.

Travel Trio Two Reversible wrap skirt: Sew this in two coordinating ITY knits for a reversible option or one single stretch woven or woven fabric for a swim coverup/sarong and skirt in one! This is one of the most versatile garments you’ll sew, and we like to wear sarongs wrapped over tee shirts for after-beach-wear.

Follow our Pinterest board for more great spring break (and spring wardrobe) sewing capsules.

Hoodie: for travel to your winter destination, and as a great layer over shorts for cool evenings at the beach or outdoor dining. Sew the Travel Trio Two flyaway reversible hoodie either in two coordinating solids, a print and a solid, or two coordinating prints. Think either classic sweatshirt look with rayon/lycra jersey in heather gray, reversible to a fun spring print in rayon/lycra jersey, or try two ITY prints, one bold, one subtle.

Shorts: The new Ann Normandy Sewing Pattern Bermuda shorts pattern for woven fabrics is a great sewing pattern that is exceptionally well fitting! The long shorts feature a side seam godet and a small pocket. The construction details are designed for an intermediate sewist but they are clear, well photographed and the details are impeccable.

Bikini: Try the halfmoon ATELIER Well’s Bay reversible bikini sewing pattern. We love multifunctional garments that are reversible and a swimsuit is definitely required for spring break!

Knit shorts: You can also make the Christine Jonson Patterns Perfect Pants Classic Wide Leg in a cropped length for a Bermuda short or even a cropped pant. Check out this version of the Perfect Pant Skinny using zippers in the inset pockets as sewn by sewing friend Diane.

The Perfect Pants can be used to make Perfect Shorts too!

The Perfect Pants can be used to make Perfect Shorts too!

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Christine Jonson Patterns Size Chart

Ann Siegle

Each individual pattern that Christine Jonson Patterns develops has a size chart included in the pattern envelope or jacket and also on the pattern detail page at our web site. The size chart here corresponds to most (but not all) Christine Jonson Patterns. And, ALL knit patterns need to be selected based not just on body measurements, but on the stretch characteristics of the knit you’re sewing with. For detailed information on our Perfect Sizing model, click here.

Sizing Chart for Christine Jonson Patterns

Christine Jonson Patterns Sizing Chart Size Chart

Sewing a versatile wrap top with dolman sleeves

Ann Siegle

The classic dolman-sleeve Wrap Top sewing pattern is super easy to sew and use as the basis for a lot of fun pattern hacks!

Styling:

The Wrap Top has dolman sleeves, a cropped length and distinctive mock peplum hem shaping. This top looks fabulous over high waist jeans, the high waist Perfect Pant collection (flare, classic wide or skinny leg). Layer this top over a fitted tee such as the Base Wear One tee for a warm winter look. It makes a great wrap top to wear over a dress or tunic, or with leggings-with-a-skirt from Perfect Pant Skinny pattern for a chic après yoga look.

  • Wear the wrap top over a graphic tee and a pencil skirt with your favorite booties or trendy sneakers for a youthful, comfortable look

  • Try the Wrap Top by itself with high waist jeans, and a cozy cropped-sleeve sweater knit version of the Inset Jacket. The wrap top’s long slim lower sleeves keep you cozy, and the V-neckline is flattering. The pointed hem looks great over high waist jeans. 

  • Wear the wrap top, sewn in a sweater knit over any knit dress, including the Three Tees dress, the Princess Dress or the Take Along dress. Try a sheer sweater knit to show off your dress or tee underneath.

  • Sew a reversible Wrap Top by sewing two wrap tops together, and inserting two skinny ties (one on the inside, one on the reverse side). The reversible top, sewn in two similar stretch and fabric content but different color fabrics gives you not only versatility but warmth and no neckline hemming. 

The Wrap Top also lends itself to a few easy pattern hacks that allow you to create a new look:

 

Wrap Top Jumpsuit:

You’ll need two patterns, the Wrap Top and the Taper/Wide Leg pant for this super easy jogger jumpsuit.  Before sewing the bottom hem, and top waistband of the pants, match them up using our bandeau jumpsuit tutorial here.

Measure banded cuffs by loosely holding a tape measure around your ankle. Add 1/2 SA and cut a rectangle 6” x the length of your measured ankle plus 1/2”. Stitch the short sides together. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise to create a tube. Serge the raw edges. Place the cuff right sides together with the pant legs, alleging the inner leg seam with the banded cuff seam and matching raw (or edge serged) edges together. Stretch the cuff to fit the opening of the leg and edge serge the cuff to the pants.

Or use the Wide Leg Pant and straighten the leg from knee to hem, or leave slightly tapered and cropped for a modern look.

You can make a ‘faux jumpsuit’ look by making the wrap top and the Taper Pant with ankle bands in the same fabric for a jumpsuit look without the jumpsuit dressing challenges. 

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Wrap Top Curved Hem “poncho” sweater

Create a sweater knit version of the Wrap Top with dolman sleeves, a wide curved hem and sew it in a sweater knit.  

  1. Measure your body from your underarm to mid hip and from front of neck to crotch.

  2. Trace the Wrap Top 212 front and back pattern pieces onto paper. Mark a point 1/2 way between your elbow and your underarm on the sewing pattern.

  3. Draw a line down from this point to a length that hits you at mid-hip

  4. Draw another mark on the traced pattern from shoulder to center front hem at your crotch, along the diagonal, this becomes your curved lower front hem

  5. Using a French curve, draw a smooth curved hem from the new side seam to the next sideseam

  6. Sew the Wrap Top according to the directions, but omit side tides and simply stitch the panels at the side seams, creating an overlapping wrapped curved front. Tack at the spot where the V panels overlap

  7. You can alter this even further by creating a round neck and single front and adding the hood from Travel Trio Two for a hooded poncho sweater

 

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Sewing a gauze swim cover up or sewing a long linen duster jacket - from the same sewing pattern

Ann Siegle

The Christine Jonson Patterns Inset Jacket is superb as a swim cover up for spring break or summer and it makes a fabulous long linen or canvas duster jacket for spring too!

Christine Jonson Inset Jacket Sewing Pattern

Inset Jacket Swim Cover Up

Sew an easy and stylish swim and sun cover up from the Inset Jacket from Christine Jonson Patterns

The Inset Jacket features front and back inset panels that are a perfect canvas for embellishment: try purchased appliques (Etsy is a great source) or design/embroider your own. Use fabric paint, hand-dyed fabric, print-blocked fabrics for the inset panels which are then sewn to the jacket. The front and back pleats can also be sewn as gathers. They gather in the front/ back only for a sleeker silhouette. 

Our samples are sewn in a devore/distressed knit fabric and a white cotton gauze. The devore/distressed version is lengthened 3” in the body and the sleeves are lengthened to full-length from ¾ cropped. Both are beginner-level additions that do not require pattern alterations, just a ruler and chalk to draw the new lengths on your fabric. Use kids’ chalk (white) or a sliver of soap and the markings will wash right out of the fabric. 

Try these design variations:

  • Green or tan cotton canvas with purchased embroidery, lengthen the jacket by 3” and add a full-length two-way front zipper for a cargo-style jacket. Add patch pockets (try the pockets from the Christine Jonson Patterns Easy Coat or draw your own pocket template.)

  • Sew a striped French terry in a long knee-length version with the included front ties to make a great long cardigan. Add the Travel Trio Two hood, lined with contrast print knit fabric.

  • Sew a bright or pastel linen version in the Color of the Year Vivid Coral. Make this about 3” above the knee (lengthen the jacket about 6-8”)

Inset Jacket Christine Jonson Patterns

Inset Jacket Sewn in Distressed Knit Fabric

From our friends at Haberman Fabrics in Clawson

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