October 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Collection: Meet Dakota!

knee length, folded collar, back button tab, with silk embroidery embellishment
charcoal Matka silk (available from www.bblackandsons.com)

The second design for the fall collection is the Dakota Duster. This is an unlined jacket that stitches up quickly. Design features include princess seaming, set in sleeves, and the option of making it fingertip or knee length. The princess seaming is flattering and at the same time really lends a flowing quality to this jacket that I love and the weight of it is perfect for cool days when a couple of layers are excellent.

I gave you a couple of options for the neckline. You can choose a small folded collar or a Mandarin collar that stands up nicely. There are also options to add in-seam pockets to the side fronts as well as button tabs, scalloped back yoke, and layered ruffles to the center back. You also have the option to add contrasting fabric to accent different parts of the jacket, an option to add ruffles to the sleeves, and a sweet ruffled flower for the front.

The construction is very straightforward and you'll be glad to know that the facing is incorporated into the center front so that it is folded around to the wrong side. That means no separate facing to worry about! I think it leaves a more professional finish and is quicker to stitch as well. I chose to serge the seams and press them open throughout the instructions. This is great for smooth seams and optional topstitching, as was completed for the faux suede jacket.

The recommendations for fabric are many! I would highly recommend Matka silk, linen, faux suede, twill, velveteen, corduroy, lightweight wool, and denim to name a few. Simply the choice of fabric with your personal preference on design details guarantees that you'll have a one of a kind jacket that suits your style. Don't forget to raid the vintage button box! This jacket is a perfect place to flaunt a set of beautiful buttons!

Here are the details regarding the samples you will see in the pattern along with the fabric information (as I have it).

We are expecting the stock to be in NEXT WEEK, (week of Oct. 13), so we'll be busy getting the new designs listed to the website for your ordering convenience.

knee length, folded collar, front in-seam pockets, back yoke and button tab
Shannon fabrics cuddle faux suede featured
I LOVE this fabric! It is so easy to stitch and the result is really like suede. You won't believe it!
Front View of faux suede jacket
fingertip length, Mandarin collar, 3/4 length sleeves, back button tab
Westminster Amy Butler Alchemy linen featured
fingertip length, folded collar, center back ruffles and button tab, ruffle trim on sleeves, & ruffle flower on jacket front featured in gray linen
Back View of linen jacket
knee length, folded collar, in-seam pockets, button tab
contrast fabric used on collar, pockets, button tab and sleeve edges
Moda Mixologie linen fabric featured
fingertip length, Mandarin collar, in-seam pockets, scalloped back yoke with purchased sew-on applique embellishment in cream linen
Back View
knee length, Mandarin collar, in-seam pockets, and center back ruffles
Moda enzyme washed linen
Back View
Happy Sewing!