Gabby Jacket Progress: Serious Shoulders

Happy Friday! I’m not exactly following my fall sewing list in order, but I am making progress, bit by bit. I ordered the Gabby Jacket pattern and as soon as it arrived, I was curious to open it up and see what a Style Arc pattern looked like.

If you’re curious too, I’ll tell you! Or just skip down to the muslin photos to see what it looks like in three-dimensional fabric.

First impressions:

  • The whole thing comes on one sheet, printed on white paper.
  • The instructions are extremely brief. Like, they don’t include how to sew the welt pockets (called jetted pockets), it just says to Make Them. There are instructions on their website though, so it’s not left completely up to you to figure out.
  • Like ‘jetted pockets’ there are other unfamiliar pattern terms, like ‘pocket bearer.’ Which looks like the pocket bag, specifically the side you see from the pocket opening so it’s cut from garment fabric, not lining fabric.
  • Patterns come in single sizes, so you have to be certain what size you are. I chose the size based on my bust measurement as this pattern doesn’t come close to the hipline.

Back to the jacket! I sewed up a quick muslin. The short version: I love it!

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Those shoulders. Love! So cool. Here’s what’s happening along the sleeve cap:

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Look what happens if you remove the shoulder pads on one side only!

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It’s meant to be so much higher – the pad on the other side is holding it up.

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It needs the shoulder pads or else the armholes look long and the bust dart isn’t in the right place. (This applies to all jacket and coat patterns. If it’s supposed to have shoulder pads, do your fitting with the pads in!)

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It’s boxy in the back, but I like it that way. (There’s a lot of clutter in the back of these photos. One day, I’ll have a plain section of wall devoted to photos!)

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I tucked in the collar on my shirt – this  sleeveless Granville Shirt – to show the neckline. It’s a nice one!

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I’m sewing my Gabby Jacket it in the charcoal wool tweed with blue flecks that I posted about here, with the bright blue lining. And giant shoulder pads.

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It’s going to be awesome. I’m excited to make more progress on this project! Who else has started sewing for fall already?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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12 Responses to Gabby Jacket Progress: Serious Shoulders

  1. Sam August 28, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    I can’t wait to see your finished jacket, I hope you love it as much as I love mine!

    • Tasia August 28, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      I have a good feeling about this one! :)

  2. Violeta August 28, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Ooh that’s a interesting shoulder/sleeve cap! But I bet it won’t be easy to make the shoulders narrower… (I always have to adjust the shoulder width by 3 cm on each side to fit my narrow shoulders.)

    I love the fabric you chose for this jacket. :)

    • Tasia August 28, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Yes, this would be a more challenging pattern to alter – although, all of the design details are located on the sleeve, not the jacket, so that would make it marginally easier. It’s so interesting though!

  3. Kelly August 28, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I think you should also make one in cream, I love the combo with your outfit just as a muslin!

    • Tasia September 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

      Perhaps I will!

  4. Ofer August 28, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    that does look like VERY serious shoulders! and the fabric is lovely. Short jackets fit me well and I had trouble finding more patterns (not that I really need jackets, but still), thanks for introducing a new one… can’t wait to see the full project

  5. Carol Muir August 28, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Tasia, I love the fact that you share other pattern companies on your website. It shows that you really do have others best interests at heart.
    Sweet jacket, by the way; it will look good on you.

    • Tasia September 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks Carol! I’m happy to hear that. I enjoy trying out patterns from all different companies, both because I love the designs and for market research! It’s fun to sew for pleasure and keeps me inspired.

  6. Patricia Fox August 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    cool jacket! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    I’ve started my fall sewing too…I’m making a Minoru jacket:)

  7. Malka August 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m still behind on my summer sewing (I was so busy at the salon that I brought work home). This jacket and fabric is just my style, you’ve inspired me. Looking forward to see your finished product. BTW I’ve made several versions of Gabriola skirts and get a lot of compliments.

  8. Sarah August 30, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    Those shoulder details are so awesome! My MIL was in the Australian rag trade and she always calls welts jets too! I love the unusual details on a lot of the style arc patterns.