A couple weeks ago I went shopping with my mom and we stopped by Eileen Fisher. A someone who's moving more and more towards a simple, neutral wardrobe as I define my personal style, I love the aesthetic at Eileen Fisher...each piece is classic on its own, but also pairs well within a wardrobe as a whole.
I fell in love with a couple of their spring jackets. One was a long, linen shawl collar jacket that made me feel like I could probably hang out with Vincent van Gogh while wearing it (in a good way). The other was a modern take on a traditional trench - notched collar with some structure - but long and without shaping. In tencel twill, I was seriously in love.
I posted a picture in my Instagram stories and a couple people messaged me saying that they wanted to make a similar jacket, but hadn't found a good pattern. Which of course started me down the rabbit whole and I haven't been able to think of anything since...
I started on Pinterest, trying to find the absolute perfect jacket inspiration. I was looking for longer length, somewhat slouchy boyfriend style, but still tailored with a classic look. That's not asking too much, is it? As usual, I ended up deciding that I'll probably end up mixing different elements from everything I saw, but isn't that the best part about making your own clothes? Mix-and-match garment construction.
Some of my favorite ready-to-wear pieces...if anything is apparent, it's that I need a dusty pink jacket asap.
But onto the patterns! Below are links to the jacket patterns that I think would transition best into a springtime version.
Gerard - Republique du Chiffon: I think this is the one that I'm going to use as my starting point! I love the deep v front and slouchy fit. I think it would be amazing in a lighter weight fabric like twill.
V8638 - Vogue Patterns: Slightly more shape and structure with a definite 80's vibe. But go with me here...in a drapey and more casual material, this could be the perfect modern, oversized blazer.
Artemis - I AM: With some added length, this would make a very similar jacket to the Eileen Fisher linen one! I might leave off the pockets, but I love the shawl collar.
Berlin Jacket - Tessuti Fabrics: Another one that's high on my list. It just look so effortless! Note that this pattern calls for knits that don't fray, which I'm guessing means that the edges are raw and aren't finished. Take that for what you will.
Josephine Coat - Style Arc: Last but not least, this coat feels a little more like a cardigan in shape, but is meant for woven fabrics. I would think you'll definitely want something with drape for this one.
What are you making this season? I'd love to know what other patterns you guys have found for more structured spring jackets! It's actually pretty surprising how few there are out there. What do you love?