It’s happened. I’ve become a fan of what is apparently now called art-teacher chic. It’s right up my alley! And the doyennes of art-teacher chic, at least in the pattern-making world that I inhabit, appear to be the sisters Marcy and Katherine Tilton. Marcy designs for Vogue, and Katherine formerly Vogue but now for Butterick. This jacket is one of Marcy’s designs. It is Vogue 8982.
Vogue describe it thus: Loose-fitting, unlined jacket or vest has front extending into back collar, front darts, back extending to lower side front, no side seams, and shaped hemline, wrong side may show. B: sleeves with slit, narrow hem and topstitching by hand. D: mock front band, stitched hems, back cut on crosswise grain. And the line drawing:
I sewed view A, in size 12, in ponte. I did make petite adjustments at the “shorten/lengthen here” lines on the pattern, and I’m glad that I did. Construction was quite straightforward, and was primarily on the overlocker, although I used the sewing machine for the darts, top-stitching and blind hemming.
I am SO happy with the fit across the back. And look at those beautiful curved seams! This would look fantastic colour blocked.
After some instagram input I decided on three buttons, but had to go to the shops to find some. These blend quite nicely, without being a perfect match. The collar sits away from my neck a little, and it buttons fairly high up. I’m not completely happy with the front hemline – I used fusible tape to stabilise it but it hasn’t worked as well as I would like. I would have been better just hand-stitching in place. Anyway, this is a very comfortable jacket (you know that comfort is always a priority for me) and it matches my Laura dress perfectly! I have seen some beautiful renditions of this pattern in linen, and will put a linen version on my summer sewing list. Interestingly, the pattern is drafted differently for knits and for wovens, which was rather considerate of Vogue! The vest is rather lovely too.
These photos were all taken at the end of a long work day, so the jacket has clearly worn quite well. This pattern is a brilliant addition to my library.