26 June 2014

Jean-style Jackets and Fit

How are jean-style jackets supposed to fit?  

I'm working on Simplicity 2443 and am wondering if I'm actually doing more work than necessary.  In perusing the 80+ reviews of this pattern, I noticed that almost all of them pull apart near the bottom - no matter the shape or figure of the person wearing the jacket.

I thought my first muslin didn't fit because the centers front didn't meet.  After looking at some of these pictures, I'm having second thoughts.  Even the model's garment pulls apart. 

I searched jean-style jackets on the net and see the same thing.

So how are these jackets supposed to fit?  Any thoughts?

L

18 comments:

  1. I have no idea. Sorry. I don't wear them although l love them, they don't love me.

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    1. Same here, BeaJay; somehow they just don't look good on me. But I love them and they seem to work for most people.

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    2. It's a love-hate relationship with me. I love jean-style jackets, but I don't know if they are fitting as intended if they gap open at the bottom. I know I would never wear a blazer/suit coat or blouse like that.

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  2. My Jeans jacket does up with studs but that is a completely different pattern to the one you are making - I used Jalie and is only avaialble as a download now. This was well before blogging days. I don't think I have seen one of the Cynthia Rowley ones ever done up.

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    1. The more I stare at the CR pattern, the more I think it's supposed to flare open like that. The pattern reviews I've read mostly show the flare. I'll have to check out the Jalie pattern.

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  3. I think they are supposed to fit but not be skin tight - although I have seen them on the street worn that way! I think with this jacket it is just a matter of personal preference as it looks like it is designed to meet at the fronts but not overlap and usually be be worn undone? (I don't have this pattern)

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    1. Even on the thinnest of figures, I've seen the flare. You're right: it's a matter of personal preference. I've seen the same thing with cardigans and have always wondered about that.

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  4. Personally, I don't like the way the fronts sit. It makes it seem like it doesn't fit properly. I much prefer ones that sit parallel and so would make adjustments to make it do it. I have made 2 jeans jackets and my fave TNT jeans jacket pattern is the OOP Vogue 7610 (sister pattern of the jeans pattern I relieved you of). :)

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    1. Exactly! Especially for us busty chicks - we don't need to draw even more attention to that area. I'll see if I can find V7610.

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  5. Back in the 70s when we wore them, they were rather boxy and shapeless. They tended to gap open when not worn buttoned, because of the stiff denim and boxiness.

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    1. Boxy and shapeless is never a good look for me. I didn't think about the fabric causing the flare.

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  6. Ack! I forgot to reply to your email!

    So I did the FBA and decided it was *too* fitted. I like a slightly short, boxy jacket. Mine doesn't meet CF which I'm okay with...and I agree that it's a design feature, not a fit issue.

    But the shoulders fit nicely and I don't have that gaping between shoulder and bust (I did do a narrow shoulder adjustment).

    I hope to get back at this one over the weekend.

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    1. No worries. =)

      I ended up putting S2443 to the side. I just could not get it to look good despite all of the changes I made. It fits, but the overall length is not one that is good for my shape. It's too short and when I added length, it looked horrible.

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  7. remember your moto jacket and how you said it didn't line up on the bottom in the zipper area? i've seen a lot of moto jackets since then with the same "issue" which makes me think it's not an issue at all!

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    1. Ah yes. You know, I wore that jacket more often than I thought I would. =) When it was unzipped, it definitely flared, but I thought it was due to the asymmetry of the design. I love that jacket! You probably right that this issue isn't really an issue. Just do whatcha like. =)

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  8. Yes, I am not sure, I don't wear jackets like this - I think if most people have this problem, then that is how they will sit. The picture even gapes, and it looks a bit boxy - I would suggest (not rudely, and nicely meant) that if it isn't working for you, don't go ahead, but perhaps use some features you like on this jacket and incorporate them on something that does work for you.

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    1. Absolutely! I stopped working on it yesterday because it was frustrating me. I started (and am almost finished) with Kwik Sew 2895. It has princess seams and a yoke which were much easier to fit.

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  9. I loved this one too much. I think the leg pairs with this clothes are the best fitted with the wear. Jackets are excellent.

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