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The Iconic Moto Jacket Sewing Pattern for Knit Fabrics

Ann Siegle

It's the cool-girl jacket. The jacket that finishes every outfit with a distinctive air of chic.

First launched in 1990, the Moto jacket from Christine Jonson Patterns was unique among the iconic jackets. Made in a stretch cotton/lycra, the original Moto was an instant boutique success! It was never released as a sewing pattern…until now.

The new Christine Jonson Moto takes inspiration from that original Moto and updates it with a slightly longer hem, raised shoulder line, narrower sleeve and a modern, shaped cut that fits amazingly well. Designed for the intermediate sewist, the unlined Moto has a classic offset zipper, stitched down facings on a designed-for-stretch-knits jacket.

Beginner sewists looking to expand their skillset will find good teaching instructions in this jacket – from how to set in a zipper in stretch knit fabrics, to how to topstitch knits and turn collars and hems crisply.

And the style? Well, it’s the iconic Moto. It adds instant cool to anything you wear it with, from floaty long skirts, to wide leg pants, to jeans to leggings. Wear it over a dress for an unexpected contrast.

All the Motos you love:

Our Moto Inspiration  Pinterest board  is active! We've posted our favorite moto jackets for inspiration for looks, colors and how to wear. 

Our Moto Inspiration Pinterest board is active! We've posted our favorite moto jackets for inspiration for looks, colors and how to wear. 

Choosing your Moto's color may be the hardest task! Black (of course), but also navy, red, gray, camel, taupe, blush, cobalt…and prints. Stable stretch knits like ponte (or scuba) are perfect for the Moto.

About the sewing pattern:

With more than 50 pages and 60 color photos showing each step (with notes from Christine), you'll sew your Motos with confidence. Just follow along, take your time and enjoy crafting your first of many Moto jackets. The sewing pattern comes with A4/Letter tiled and A0 copyshop printable files, plus instructions the pattern envelope front and back cover, size chart and how to use a digital download pattern instructions. 

Tips: We all love to tape up our patterns using a doorwall or large window. Don't trim the page edges, but rather tape them up to the window during daylight (or porch light) hours, use a glue stick and tape each sheet together. Glue sticks are inexpensive, work better and faster than tape. Each page of the A4/Letter tiled pages have a notch to match on all four sides for accurate pattern assembly. 

You'll need 2 3/8  (60" wide) to 3 1/8" (45") Ponté knit fabric - which comes in a zillion colors for your moto. You can also make it in (preshrunk) cotton/lycra and Scuba. Stretch is key; you can get away with stretch wovens as long as they have enough stretch.

See our customer-sewn Moto Jackets!

Top row: Renee, Sharon, Renee, Sharon, Renee, Mary (last 3). These lovely sewists created their own Moto jackets for the first time!