Simplicity 8093's jacket is a very simple, easy-to-make pattern with a couple of cute details that set it apart. I'm not typically drawn to the Mimi G releases but I just had to copy her little cardi-blazer. The little notches in the neckline are a very cute nod to a more structured blazer but in a pattern that is easy enough for a beginner! The body is constructed with front, side, and back panels give it a nice boxy but flattering (I think) shape. The silhouette is similar to a lot of 60s skirt-and-jacket sets, but most of the similar vintage patterns I have are just a front and back panel and a straight side seam--not as cute, even if it is more authentic! It would have been nice if the sleeves were in two parts as well, although I suppose I could draft them (tutorial here on Threads) if I felt called to. I used a lovely camel hair from Mood for the exterior of my jacket, copying the pattern envelope as I am wont to do. I have more of this fabric, so expect to see it again in a warmer coat form!
This was my first bagged jacket, and I was shocked by how easy it is! The lining of this jacket is made using the exact same sleeve, back, and side pattern pieces, and I think if I made it again I would either add a CB pleat for full range of motion or use a stretch lining. While the camel hair has a bit of give, the rayon bemberg (pretty sure) lining does not! I would also draft a back neck facing in the camel--the lining goes all the way to the top and bottom of the jacket (I think as a pattern simplification measure) and has a tendency to want to flip out at the top. I was a bit worried it would droop out of the botton, but it doesn't. The only internal structure as written is a fusible interfacing on the front facing panels, but I also added a bit of cotton batting at the shoulder seam.
As I pivot my wardrobe towards "warm neutrals (plus a lot of pink)" I am drawn to camel as a gorgeous three-season addition. How many camel items are too many? I'd love to have this little cardi-blazer and a camel hair 4-in-1 coat and a camel version of this swoon-worthy lilli ann number... too much?? What do you think?
ps: if you just can't get enough camel (like me!) here is the perfect camel-color cashmere cardigan from grana...
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