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Pleated Collar Corduroy Jacket

I'm not quite sure what style to call this jacket.  With all of the tabs and buttons, it seems to have a military feel to it, but add in the pleated collar and sleeves, and it suddenly becomes very feminine!  I made this jacket for my daughter's 22nd birthday present.  She loves green and she loves corduroy, and I found a gorgeous hunter green knit backed corduroy in my stash.  I'm pretty sure that it is all polyester, and it's the only time I've ever seen this type of fabric!  It should be warmer than a cotton corduroy and less likely to stretch out of shape.  She picked out the pattern Simplicity 2313, View C.

This pattern has some really cute features, such as the pleated collar and sleeves, the curved in-seam pockets, and the zippered front with overlaid button tabs.  I think all of the other options in this pattern are cute, so I might make another view of it as well.

The hardest part of this was the curved pockets.   You have to be pretty exact in your marking to get them to lay right.  At first, I cut them out of lining fabric because I thought it would be too bulky to have multiple layers of corduroy right at the abdomen.  However, when I sewed them in place, the lining was too visible.  So, I went back to the cutting board and made them out of the corduroy.  I don't think it is too bulky after all.
For the lining, I used a leftover piece of silk charmeuse in a tropical print.  I thought it might make her think of warm sunny places on a chilly day.  

Here she is with her proud Papa wearing her new jacket.  Can you tell she likes green?

Happy Birthday, Ariana!



  1. Its a gorgeous jacket. Enough military to be interesting and the pleating adds that feminine touch. Well done!

  2. I like the ruffles on this jacket. Keeps it soft and feminine. Very pretty.


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