Larissa Earhart jacket for Jacket Challenge

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Front of jacket
Back of jacket. You can see the vents, elbow pads, and other seams.
Side of Jacket. You can see again the elbow pad, the sleeve zipper open with the underlap showing
Front of jacket zipped all the way up
Collage of other photos
Front of jacket

Front of jacket

I made this cropped motorcycle/bomber-esque jacket with the asymmetrical zipper from BurdaStyle pattern Larissa #6032 for this Jacket Challenge. I was inspired by Amelia Earhart and Burberry for their shearling coat. This jacket it denfinitely for winter. I found this fabric and had a brilliant idea. I made a toile first from muslin and followed the instructions. Then when I made the actual jacket I did it with exposed seams so the faux shearling would show and have a more rugged look. That was way harder than I thought. Also working with the nap was difficult too. I did not make a lining because it is reversible fabric, but I did do the facing. I trimmed the shearling where there was multiple layers, so it would lay better.

I altered the pattern a little by making the front pocket openings smaller and the wrist zippers longer. Instead of folding the wrist facing under I altered the pattern to make the facing longer and folded it up and I hand sewed the cuff to the sleeve. I made the collar about an inch longer and sewed the exposed seam down with rows of stitching in the back. The facing was hand sewen on the top to the collar piece. I only interfaced the waistband. I found some really adorable snaps to put on the jacket at the last minute (West is my maiden name). The back vents were a little difficult to control with the fabric choice I made, but makes it easier to wear. The jacket also includes shoulder and waist tabs with snaps and extra padding on the elbow (maybe one day I'll hand quilt the elbow pads).

This was my first shot at an advanced pattern. My dressform is a little to big for my perfect size, so I would really like a new one in my measurements :)I am really happy the way it turned out and I hope you do too. Go to to see more pics.

Pattern or design used: Larissa #6032
posted in: gallery, suede, challenge, winter, jacket, zipper, snaps, faux, shearling, exposed seams

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nancynancy writes: The cuffs and exposed seams are a great addition to your jacket.
Posted: 4:13 pm on October 18th
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