Level: Intermediate

I’ve always loved designing and making jackets whether it be a bomber, casual or tailored jacket. Back in the day as a fashion student, I use to make lots of jackets in leather, corduroy, wool, cotton and silk. I was always in fabric shops, collecting samples, experimenting with colours, fabrics, trims and creating toiles (some of them unsuccessful).

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - pinstripe fabric

Fast forward to today I created this classic single-breasted jacket with a twist that I love! I’m tinkering if I should also make a drop waist slim fit trouser to accompany my jacket, let’s see how I get on.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - materials

The wool pinstripe fabric I’m using for this jacket has stretch across the width. I always crutch up fabric in the palm of my hand for a couple of minutes just to see how much it creases. This fabric I adore not only does it hold it’s shaping it presses up really crisp. So in order to give this jacket even more of a crisp sharp look, first I’m going to blocked fuse the whole body and sleeves with light weight fusing which also has stretch across the width using a press cloth.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - taffeta lining

Choose your lining to match your fabric or use a contrast lining. The lining I’m using is acetate and taffeta with 10% stretch across the width, swan stretch thread and shoulder pads.

Purchase your jacket block pattern here

First off design your jacket, download your jacket block pattern here, decide on the fit and finish length of your jacket. I’m working on the left side of the garment stand. Trace off the left front, right back jacket block (eliminate the waist darts) and left sleeve block pattern onto spot & cross pattern paper. Remember to add your finished length. Our jacket block pattern has medium wearing ease so you can wear a shirt underneath.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - back shaping

The back jacket with additional width reduction and shaping.

To create a stretch block pattern for this jacket style reduce (fold out) the front & back block width (the total depends on fit required). (Note that your new block pattern may require additionally width reduction and shaping, this will be done on your garment stand or model).

Raise the jacket shoulder to accommodate shoulder pads (optional), add the button stand, collar break line, mark on the roll collar, fish dart, hem allowance, add your seam allowances. Block fuse your fabric using a press cloth and cut out in toiling fabric. (Make sure to use toiling fabric that is of the same weight as your final fabric).

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - matching pinstripes

If you are using fabric with a pattern ie: pinstripe you’ll need to match the stripes, pin in place and cut out your pattern pieces.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - front shaping

Place the front jacket on the stand and secure with pins. Place the back jacket on the stand and secure with pins. Pin down the centre front to the CF seam on the stand. Pin out the bust dart and create a curved seam from the bust point down towards the lower hip line (Tip: use styling tape to mark the position of your curved seam).

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - incorporate a pocket into seam

I’ve incorporated a pocket in the curve seam (optional). Make sure the front curve seam flows nicely towards the side seam and beyond.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - back shaping

Pin down the centre back seam to the CB seam on the stand. Using your pins create a seam from directly below the back shoulder dart down towards the hemline.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - two piece sleeve

I’ve created the sleeve as a two piece with a vent on the sleeve hem.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - jacket toile on stand

Stand back from the garment stand and check the front and back seams you’ve created, check the collar roll and sleeve pitch re-adjust if necessary.

Mark in your seam lines using tailors chalk either on the stand or place the toile on your cutting table, remove pins and lay the front and back toile flat and transfer toile onto a fresh sheet of spot & cross pattern paper. True your pattern pieces, add seam allowance, pattern information cut out the pattern and sew the toile together.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - front and back jacket toile

Fit the toile on the stand, adjust if necessary on the stand with pins. Mark off with tailors chalk and transfer toile adjustments to your pattern.

Creating a fitted jacket using a block pattern - jacket toile

Pinstripe jacket with lining.

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