Wardrobe by Me released their first men’s fleece jacket pattern this week and I am so glad Christina invited me to test this. I had sewn a couple of dud patterns that sapped some of my confidence and testing this jacket helped build me back up again! Sometimes we just need a push to get back in the saddle!
My Men’s Fleece Jacket
The original call for testing didn’t have a hood but right out the gate, it was requested that Christina add one and hubby was right on board with waiting until the hood pattern was drafted because that was exactly what he wanted.
The other option is for a collared version which is equally as nice. This is a slim fitting jacket and the comments I have received so far are that this totally looks like a ready-to-wear jacket. It also has 3 pockets with invisible zippers, two on the outside and one on the inside.
I realized part way in that I did’t have an invisible zipper foot. The ones that can be purchased at the fabric store won’t work on my vintage Bernina 930, so thanks to some brainstorming with my fellow testers, I was able to get a pretty decent if-I-do-say-so-myself invisible zipper installation happening! The two suggestions were to use the beading foot or the blind hem foot that I did have for my machine and the blind hem foot was the one I ended up using. Looks pretty good, right!?!
I knew exactly what fabric I was going to use for this. I had purchased some Polartec Windpro Stretch in this olive colour-way a couple of months ago to make jackets for me and my hubby. I picked it up from a Canadian company, Discovery Trekking Outfitters, and they have an amazing selections of sport-type fabrics! The amazing thing about this fabric is that is it waterproof! You can also check them out on Facebook. The last I checked, they still had some Windpro Stretch in Black and maybe even a couple of other colours, but they have other fabrics that would also work really well for this jacket.
The jacket come in sizes 2XS to 3XL. I went according to the measurement chart and the XL was where he fit right into. It’s really nice not to not have to do any grading or adjustments when sewing for my hubby. He is 5’9″ and while he is happy with the length, most of the testers thought it could do to be a bit longer and I agreed, so the final pattern has has 2 inches added to the length which is not reflected in the version I sewed up.
The Men’s Fleece Jacket is on sale for $10 US until Feb 28, 2019. I have included the specifics the pattern below to have all the details in one place.
Men’s XXS to XXXL
-Full raglan sleeve
-Contoured seams at body and sleeve
-Front separating zipper
-Font pockets with invisible zippers
-Inside Chest pocket with zipper
-Hood or collar
-layered options for printing only the size(s) you need
-printable on A4 and Letter paper
-A0 print shop format
-trimless pdf pattern assembly options
-Fleece, French Terry, Sweatshirt fabric or Soft Shell
I made the hooded version in an XL. The fabric I used is the Olive Polartec Windpro Stretch from Discovery Trekking Outfitters.