Eileen Fisher/boiled wool
Hi — I fell in love with an Eileen Fisher jacket — boiled wool, unlined, cuffs, collar and most edges left raw. I’d love to make something like that myself, but so far I haven’t been able to find a suitable pattern. Any recommendations? Thanks
Simplicity has several patterns of this type in their fleece/casual section. Simplicity tends to run big and style-less, so you'd want to pin-fit the pattern and make a muslin before cutting into expensive fabric. Also, the September Burda World of Fashion (available at some Border's Bookstores) has a very nice boiled wool jacket, with unfinished edges. You have to trace these magazine Burdas and add your own seam allowances and so forth, but the styles and fit are very, very good.
*joan, i tried on one of the eileen fisher jackets last year, and it was wonderful. so i know what you're wanting. i don't think you have to use a special pattern; you can really use any pattern that's the style you want. (the jacket i tried on had a simple shape--fairly short, boxy fit and a neat collar). you'll be simplifying the pattern to eliminate seam allowances and facings on the edges that you want to be raw. seams can be overlapped and topstitched instead of sewn RS together. edges look nice when pinked. we've had articles on working with felted fabrics in Threads....if you have back issues, browsing through these can help. some that i think of are no. 42:42-45, no. 78:10 (in QA), and 61:32-35.i'd go back and look at the e.f. jacket again, with a tape measure in hand. make a simple sketch, plus notes of the details you like--where you want raw edges, any topstitching, etc. good luck.
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