Cordova Jacket in Linen

Love the shiny, metallic Cordova Jacket from Monday’s post but wonder what it might look like in a less showy fabric?

I thought I’d share some photos of the first Cordova Jacket sample. I loved the silhouette and the fit but the colour wasn’t the most flattering. (Banish the beige, isn’t that right, Beth from Sunnygal? Good advice that I didn’t consider at the time.) I got caught up in the prettiness of slightly-shiny linen and thought it would be a great neutral jacket.

It’s a little too neutral for my liking but does work well with a colourful scarf!

While it’s not a good colour on me, it does show how different this jacket pattern looks in a different fabric.

You can see the slight shine in the photo above. It’s very cool, perfect for everyday wear as it’s not too sparkly. Just a hint of sparkle!

If you choose a linen fabric, you may want to interface the body pieces. (It’s recommended in the instructions for lighter weight fabrics.) This linen ‘grew’ a little bit and ended up larger than it was supposed to be. Interfacing would help the cut pieces to retain their original dimensions.

Note: In these photos, the body pieces are not interfaced. In the photos from Monday’s post, the body pieces are interfaced.

It also wrinkles like crazy! Some people don’t mind wrinkly linen, but if you want a crisper finish, add interfacing to the front and back panels. For a similar look, try a linen-cotton blend or one of the synthetic fabrics called ‘linen-look’ – they’re all synthetic but have the textured appearance of linen.

Like this style? Get the pattern here.

Next, I hope to share some of the amazing Cordova Jackets made by pattern testers. Stay tuned for more!

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20 Responses to Cordova Jacket in Linen

  1. Angela November 28, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    How many fabrics have you tried? I don’t love the linen look, but then I’ve never been a huge fan of linen because of the wrinkling.

    I’m thinking of trying it in a vivid royal blue of something or the other once I get my hands on the pattern! :)

    • Tasia November 28, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      Hey Angela! Besides the muslin, these are the only two completed jackets. I like linen but I can see how the wrinkling might not be people’s favourite choice for a jacket like this.

      I have a couple of pattern testers’ versions lined up to share, so you guys can see even more fabric options in the finished jacket!

      Royal blue would be gorgeous! Very striking, definitely an attention-getting colour.

      • Amy November 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

        I always imagined you making hundreds! I’m glad to know you can get to a new pattern without so much repetition. I’d love a sneak peek at your process, Tasia.

  2. Serena November 28, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    I really like this linen version!

    • Tasia November 28, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Thank you! It’s very different from yesterday’s but has its own kind of appeal.

  3. Meg the Grand November 28, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I love all of the different looks that you’ve made so far!! It really is a fabulous pattern, and so versatile!!

    • Tasia November 28, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Thank you Meg!

  4. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) November 28, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Oh yes, banish the beige! in most cases – though I do think a neutral jacket is useful. This pattern is adorable.

    • Tasia November 28, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks Beth! I loved your saying and I’m going to remember it when I reach for neutrals. I agree, neutral jackets are great for the wardrobe but in my case, a neutral navy or neutral charcoal grey might be more suitable (and flattering to pale skin!)

  5. Julie Culshaw November 28, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    I wonder if you have any customers in Australia? perhaps you could ask Carolyn to test the jacket, her blog is

    and she has a good number of followers. Plus all her garments are made so well.

    • Tasia November 28, 2012 at 10:22 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion! Right now I have a very big list of volunteer pattern testers, so many that I can’t include everyone who wants to test and I feel bad. So I’m not adding any more people to the list because I know I already am leaving people out who wanted to test.
      I do have a good number of readers and customers in Australia, retailers too! The pattern tester list is made up of people from all over the world, Japan to Greece to the UK and of course Canada and the USA. Lots of variety and ranges of experience!

  6. crystalpleats November 28, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    I really love this version. I hope you wear it a lot – just pair it with colorful scarves like you’ve done here. Its a really lovely jacket pattern.

  7. Katrina November 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Tasia, were you inspired by a RTW jacket for this pattern? I ask because I am wearing a black ponte knit jacket by Elie Tahari that is so similar to this new design of yours. This jacket is so chic and flattering–I can’t wait to make it up in a different fabric and color. Thanks for the great pattern!

  8. Claire November 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I love the looks of this jacket. So perfect for a pear! Do you think it would work for a sturdy knit? I’ll be hoping to see the other version made up. And some sources/suggestions for appropriate zippers (something with a nice pull).

  9. Amy November 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I made a Renfrew out of tan linen knit. I like it, but I was slightly disappointed in just how neutral it was – so I hear you. I now mostly wear it paired with something else. Thankfully I’ve made a bunch of other Renfrews. I do like the lines of this jacket…

  10. Angela November 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Tasia, you do realize that you should have sympathy for all of your readers… sitting here wondering what wonderful things you have planned for future releases!

  11. Seattlerain November 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I actually *LOVE* the metallic linen, probably because yesterday I ordered some yardage very similar to yours. I just now happened upon the posts and the Cordova. Luckily I have enough to make one! Can’t wait to get my hands on the patterns to start my muslin.

  12. Mary November 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    This is so pretty! I really love neutrals and get made fun of by colorphiles for having a neutral-heavy wardrobe, but I think they can be so elegant! I also love the look of linen, but I think a structured piece like this would work best in a dark linen, like charcoal or navy — you still get the lovely soft look of the fabric but it tones down the visual impact of the wrinkling. I think lighter colored linens, which broadcast every wrinkle, are best for floatier silhouettes. That said, I do love this and I’ve had a couple of pale khaki structured jackets over the years that have been integral to my wardrobe.

  13. Levone November 30, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Hmmm, someone gave me an idea above for this! This would be the perfect fabric for a nice, sturdy ponte knit. I think I may get this pattern and your pants pattern since I’ve resisted that one. LOVE the Renfrew…I’ve made a couple of those.

  14. Haylee January 2, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Wow this is beautiful. Really, really well done, I love the sleeves. It also looks great with that cute scarf.