Chic jacket with button details | 360-degree view
The Sienna Maker Jacket by Closet Case Patterns exudes a relaxed vibe while brimming with interesting details. It is designed for a 5-foot, 6-inch-tall individual and includes generous ease to slip on over another garment. The jacket is unlined and comes in three lengths: View A ends above the knee; view B ends at the midthigh; and view C is hip-length. All views have notched lapels, two-piece sleeves, and a left front that overlaps the right front, opposite the usual configuration for women’s garments. Views A and B have deep patch pockets with curved upper edges, and a self-fabric belt to hold the jacket closed. The belt is attached at the right front opening edge, and can be looped through an opening sewn into the jacket’s left front and cinched with a D-ring at the right. View C has a center-front button closure, three patch pockets, a center-back seam with a button placket, and optional pockets in the upper sleeve. The instructions are well laid out and comprehensive. Our tester said she liked the in-depth detail on the various durable seam treatments that provide a clean finish on the inside.
• If you are shorter than 5 feet, 6 inches, check the upper-sleeve pocket depth by making a muslin. If your arms are short, a loaded pocket may impede arm mobility, so adjust the pattern accordingly.
• Our seamstress found the instructions for sewing the upper sleeve to the lining piece that forms the pocket to be confusing. She recommends reading the instructions thoroughly before starting.
• Reverse the buttons and buttonholes, as shown, if you prefer the traditional orientation for a women’s closure.
For a durable jacket, midweight woven fabrics with substance are recommended, such as canvas, twill, denim, and heavyweight linen.
(Sized 0–20 for busts 31–46 in. and hips 33–48 in.)
— Tested by Alania Sheeley, Pegram, Tennessee
This garment was made with a midweight cotton twill from Fabric.com. We chose view C to showcase the unusual pockets in the sleeves and the button placket at center back. The design is interesting aesthetically but loses none of the utility needed for a jacket, including reliable closures and plenty of pockets.