Introducing the next pattern…the Cordova Jacket!

I’m so excited to introduce the newest pattern from Sewaholic Patterns, the Cordova Jacket!

This is the ninth pattern in the line, a modern zip-front jacket with peplum seaming.

I created this pattern to fill the void between casual and formal jackets. We have the Minoru Jacket for a sporty look, now we have the Cordova Jacket for work, a dressy jacket that’s not a blazer. The collarless design not only means you don’t have to sew a collar, but it works well with cosy scarves and cowls. Princess seams make it easy to adjust the fit, and the double peplum creates an instant hourglass silhouette.

It’s great with jeans or trousers, equally great with a dress! I’ve modeled it with jeans and a simple tank to keep the focus on the jacket. I think it would be gorgeous with a pencil skirt or a dressy pair of Thurlow Trousers!

The jacket is fully lined, so it’s easy to slip on over layers.

None of my back view photos turned out excellently, but I’ve included a blurry one for reference. The double-peplum detail is designed for a curvy figure. Basically, it distracts from a curvy rear and draws the eye upwards. It really does work!

If you’re not crazy about the double-peplum, the pattern includes a second view with just the peplum seaming, no double layer which means no added volume. It’s great for thicker fabrics, or if you prefer a sleeker look.

I’ve chosen a shiny metallic fabric for my jacket, which makes a great statement piece. When the sun is shining, the fabric looks more silver, but when the light is dim, it looks more like a tweed or dark brocade.

This jacket would be great in all kinds of different fabrics! Wools, textured tweeds, corduroy or velveteen are perfect choices for fall. For a light spring jacket, look for a cotton twill, denim or linen. I’m picturing it in a light olive cotton twill for a feminine take on the military jacket. How about a rich plum corduroy for a warmer jacket?

Vertical princess seams make it easy to get a perfect fit, and the possibilities for embellishment are endless! Why not replace the centre front zipper with hooks and eyes? Add decorative trim down the centre front? Appliques on either side of centre front, or detailing down the back?

This great-fitting modern jacket is perfect for work, weekend or a special night out! I hope you like it!

About the Fabric: Metallic Tweed from Télio, lined with emerald green satin polyester also from Télio

I waited to announce this one until the patterns arrived, which means the Cordova Jacket is in stock already! Place your orders now and orders will start shipping right away!

Click here to visit the pattern store and pick up your copy of the Cordova Jacket pattern today. Thanks for all your support!

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100 Responses to Introducing the next pattern…the Cordova Jacket!

  1. Kate November 26, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    Wow. You read my mind. Must buy pattern.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      Awesome! Thank you!

  2. Angela November 26, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Ok, I really like this…. sigh… too many good patterns, not enough time…. :) Time to put in an order!

  3. Kyri November 26, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Adorable! I only wish it was cooler weather here so I could make & wear one! Oh well, I’ll be making up an alma blouse in an adorable strawberry print cotton and a crescent skirt in a chintzy green & roses cotton as soon as my patterns come in the mail (hopefully tomorrow) and enjoy summer instead.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      You have some great projects planned! This pattern will be here waiting for when you have cooler weather. :)

  4. Aida November 26, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    What a beautiful and at the same time versatile pattern! As soon as I finish the Cambie dress I’m currently working in, I’m going for it! Any sew-along in the horizon? ;)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks so much! Hope the Cambie project is going well too!
      No sew-along planned, there’s too much on my plate at the moment to be able to do it properly and thoroughly. If I do make another sample I’ll be sure to photograph the sewing and prepare some tutorials for the blog!

      • Aida November 27, 2012 at 6:15 am #

        I’ll be looking out then for some tutorials :)
        The cambie is slowly going forward, thank god I’ve got wonderful Caroline holding my hand!

  5. Janette November 26, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Adorable! I struggle with finding a good non-workish jacket/blazer to wear out and about in the evenings. Perfect. This may just get me to try a jacket (intimidating!)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Thank you! That was my goal, something that’s not quite as formal and structured as a blazer, but still looks sleek and professional. This jacket is not too hard to construct as there’s no collar or lapel to deal with, but there is a zipper and the lining to sew. Pretend it’s just a blouse in a thicker fabric! :) It’s the same idea, with just a little more work with the lining.

  6. Angela November 26, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    I agree, a sew-along would be great. I already put in my order, it is such a sweet jacket!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Thank you and thanks for the order!
      No sewalong planned but I will let you know of related tutorials, if anyone else hosts a sewalong, and if there are tips I can share that will be helpful.

  7. Thea November 26, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    This is so cute! Sadly, currently, there’s no gap in my wardrobe for it, but luckily, I’m sure there will be soon! I can really imagine this with my Londsdale dress. Might go on the Christmas list…

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Thank you! It’s surprisingly versatile, perhaps as the pattern tester’s versions start showing up there might be one that suits your wardrobe better. This shiny version is a little fancy for daily wear!

  8. Claire November 26, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Love it! Can we get a peek at the inside?

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Ok! I’ll take some inside-out photos soon. It’s lined with front and back facings, very simple!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Hi Claire! I’ve taken some inside-out photos today and will get them ready to post tomorrow. Come back tomorrow to see!

  9. Sam November 26, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Lovely! The peplum makes it really original but not too much that it couldn’t be worn everyday.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Thank you! That was the goal, I didn’t want to create such an extreme piece that it would be intimidating to wear.

  10. Katy November 26, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Gorgeous jacket. You always manage to design something that ticks all the right boxes – wearable and stylish! I can see myself making this at some point when I have more time! I can see it as smart workwear – with a shift dress or pencil skirt as you say.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Aw, thank you! I agree, it’s perfect for workwear. I like the idea of a shift dress with this style – so elegant!

  11. Stacy November 26, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Great job on this jacket design, Tasia! I absolutely love it!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Thanks so much!

  12. Milena November 26, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I really love this! This would look amazing with the peplums in leather… I’m not sure how easy it will be for me to make, even at intermediate level. I’m hoping someone tries it soon and reports back!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      It would be gorgeous in leather! One of my pattern testers incorporated leather into her version and it was stunning. A little harder to sew, and scarier to make mistakes but definitely possible!

  13. Tessa November 26, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    I love this jacket! Just enough peplum, in my opinion. I wonder how easy it would be to omit the zipper? Just a personal preference, but I’ve never really been a zip up jacket person (save for the hoodie). Maybe just a frog closure at the top, or line of buttons (thinking it would make it more “military”)? Possible tutorial? :)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      It would be easy to skip the zipper! Simply sew up the front to the facing without inserting the zipper for a clean front edge. Then, hand-sew closures like frogs, hooks and eyes, buckles or anything you like!
      Just enough peplum, I like that!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Or you could add an overlap for buttons and buttonholes. I google-searched a quick tutorial on how to add an overlap –

      Hope this helps!

      • Tessa November 28, 2012 at 8:22 am #

        Thank you! I like the idea of the buckles, too. Hmmmm. *wheels turning*

  14. Dei November 26, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Love this! Can’t wait to get to it.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Thank you!

  15. Lauren November 26, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Ohhhhh I am so excited about this pattern! I could totally see it in a fancy bouclé with a contrasting lining on both the inside and underneath the peplum. And a matching skirt with a matching peplum at the bottom :) BE STILL, MY HEART.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      There is a lining underneath the peplum, on the top layer! So you can work your contrast fabric in easily. It would be super cute with a matching skirt. Like a modern take on a suit, for non-suit people.

  16. Sarah Connell November 26, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Oooh, I’m in love. I’m still a beginner though, so a sewalong would be most welcome! I already have the perfect pink tweed picked out…I can’t wait to get it in the mail! Thanks Tasia!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Thank you for the order! It would be adorable in pink tweed!

  17. Nothy November 26, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Congratulations Tasia, on another great pattern. I love this jacket – I’ll order one right away!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks so much! So glad you like it!

  18. Susan November 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Love it! I think it would be great made up in a brocade. I’ve put it on my Christmas list so I hopefully will get one soon!!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      It would be gorgeous in brocade, similar to this metallic version but less shiny. I hope you get it for Christmas!

  19. lisa g November 26, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    love it! i’ve totally been into outerwear lately, and this a very nice piece! drool….

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Thank you so much!

  20. Claire (aka Seemane) November 26, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Love it – it’d love lovely in soft Nappa Leather too :)
    P.S. I checked all the online UK stockists websites, and they don’t show it on their stores (as yet)…. Tasia, do you happen to know which of your UK stockists will be carrying it so I can order it locally? (If they won’t stock it for a while yet, then I’ll order direct from your shop – and chance the Christmas mail gets here sometime later LOL!)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      Hello Claire! I know that most of the UK stockists have placed orders already and most of their orders are in the mail already. I’d asked everyone not to announce the pattern before I did, so they’re likely just getting ready to post the products to their sites! I’d check back at your favourite store in the next day or two to see if they’ve listed it yet. Or email them to see if they’ll be getting it in soon!

      Guessing that shipping from the UK is always going to be faster than shipping from Canada but you’re welcome to order it from me either way!

  21. Jessica November 26, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Ooh, I love it – I will definitely need one of these!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the pattern!

  22. ma-li November 26, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Wow, I adore your pattern line – and the new Cordova jacket is just the right addition!
    Now I have to get a copy of Cordova and Thurlow as a Christmas Present for myself!!!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks so much! That sounds like a lovely way to treat yourself. :)

  23. Jenny November 26, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    LOVE it!! I just finished up an Alma last night, I’m planning on a Renfrew later this week and now I MUST have this jacket. I LOVE your patterns!!!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Aw thank you. I’m thrilled to hear it! Thanks so much for your support. You’re on your way to a wardrobe full of great items!

  24. Kay November 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    You, girl, are a fantastic designer!!! Love your simple but striking designs!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoy my pattern designs!

  25. Sunni November 26, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Seriously, I think you out do yourself with each new pattern! I love the versatility of this jacket – it can be worn with sooooo many things. I love how its not too over the top formal, but at the same time you’ve paired it here with jeans and it looks so upscale, but everyday friendly and comfortable. How do you do it? LOVE! Just ordered and am pretty sure I already have just the right fabric to make it with!
    xoxo, Sunni

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks Sunni! Thanks for the order, I bet this jacket will look gorgeous on you. I can’t wait to see what you make! Best of all it’s pretty easy to sew! (Compared to some of the more challenging jacket projects you’ve done, this will be a piece of cake!)

  26. Tiffany W November 26, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I love this jacket! I can’t wait to make one. Congrats on another great pattern.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy sewing it!

  27. Seraphinalina November 26, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Oh boy. Jackets and coats have not called my name yet. Even if I like a pattern, I just think of the work and I don’t like long projects. But that… well, I think I hear it starting to call my name from BC. Very nice.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

      Excellent! This is not a long project. It’s hard to say because I sew quickly and I know the steps by heart, but it only took me two days to make up the metallic sample. Let’s say three days as those were long days. No collar, no buttonholes, easy sleeves to insert means you’ll be wearing your jacket before you know it!

  28. Lucy November 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    It’s pretty! Not ‘me’, I don’t think, but that’s okay!

    But…what’s the naming story for this one?!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Oh! I forgot to mention it, I can’t believe it! Here’s what I meant to include:
      The new pattern is called the Cordova Jacket, named after Cordova Street in downtown Vancouver, BC. Cordova St is home to the waterfront, historic Gastown with trendy restaurants, the steam clock, and the old Woodwards building. (Old mixed in with the new.)
      I totally forgot, thanks for reminding me! It’s part of my downtown Vancouver pattern names – Cordova, Thurlow, Cambie.

  29. LLBB November 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Tasia, you’ve done it again! I love this design. I am thinking exactly what Sunni said — sharp enough to look put together but casual enough to be very versatile. And I always love princess seams. Consider it on my Christmas list :)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      Thank you! I’m so glad that it hits that middle ground for you too, between sharp and casual. Fingers crossed that you get it for Christmas!

  30. Linda November 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I love this pattern….being a fabricaholic, I have a stash of beautiful Linton fabrics from England that will work up beautifully. I have one in mind to choose, black wool with bright multi colors running warp and weft. I think this will be my next project now that I am stocked up on Renfrew tops for awhile. I just love when worlds come together…your pattern-my fabric.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      How perfect! The wool you’ve described sounds absolutely wonderful.

  31. Sue November 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    You’ve done it again! Another great design. Wearable and stylish. I love the shape. Just hope it will suit my shape!!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks so much! I hope that some of the pattern testing versions start popping up soon, so you can see it on people other than me. It’s flattering to many bodies, and the princess seams allow you to adjust it easily for a snugger fit if desired. Or a looser fit too if you alter before cutting.

  32. Ally D November 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm #


    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Yay! That is awesome! So glad you like it!

  33. Rachel M November 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Oh this is beautiful! I love it because it’s not so serious like a blazer would be. I’m a stay at home mom who likes to look nice when I’m out and about. This would look soooo cute for running errands and going to playdates:)

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      It would be a perfect jacket for errands and playdates – stylish, but still very pulled-together. Easy with a tee and jeans! And a scarf when it’s cold, it’s great with scarves.

  34. Lesley November 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Can’t wait to get started on the Cordova jacket, looks fantastic and something I can really tweak for variety. An extra well done on this one – love it!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Thank you! I agree, it’s easy to create new variations on this one. I have ideas to try beading around the neckline, contrast paneling, hooks & eyes up the front – so many great possibilities!

  35. Amanda November 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    This is a great pattern, Tasia! It might just get me to start adding jackets to my wardrobe. :) It’s so exciting to see your business grow! You have a great eye for patterns that are practical, feminine, and modern.

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Thank you – that is a great compliment! Practical, feminine, modern – that’s my goal exactly. Things you can easily see yourself wearing, designs that are easy to put your own personal touches on. It would look great on you!

  36. soisewedthis November 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Super cute! I think i’m going to have to give this to myself as a christmas gift and do some fabric shopping! P.S. I’ve made 2 Alma tops now and conquered the cuffs on the long sleeved version. Plus they were my first buttonholes! Thanks!!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Oh nice! Why not treat yourself to a little something? That is great to hear your Alma tops turned out well! Even the buttonholes – congrats!

    • Tasia November 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      I looked at your Alma tops – they look fantastic! I especially like the long sleeved version. Isn’t it great when people think your handmade projects look expensive? Love it!

      • soisewedthis November 28, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        Thanks for checking them out!

  37. Kellie November 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I LOVE this!!!! Buying it now…

  38. Mary November 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Oh my gosh, this is beautiful! I’ve added it to my Christmas list (which already has two other Sewaholic patterns!). I’ve got my fourth Renfrew in progress on the dining room table, too. You are officially my favorite pattern line. : ) I am always so excited to see what you publish next!

  39. Debbie November 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Looks great. Will definitely buy this pattern!

  40. ladykatza November 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow. Just. Wow. Now I want the trousers AND the jacket. *sighs*

  41. Sam November 27, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to test this pattern Tasia, it turned out brilliantly and was a breeze to make! You are one clever pattern designer! Sam xox

  42. francesca November 27, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    Gorgeous, Tasia. I have asked to reserve me one when she received them… I seem to buy your patterns as soon as they are issued! I have a question – in the Big Four, I use a 36 (high bust) even though I’m a 38 – fits better through the shoulders and upper back. Should I use the same system with your patterns?
    Thanks so much!

  43. didyoumakethat November 27, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I LOVE someone’s suggestion of making this in leather – or part of it in leather. I’ve been wanting to work with leather for a while now. But maybe first I’d make it in a solid red – kapow! You’d see that jacket coming. Or a boucle, as Lladybird suggested. Hmmmm. Lovely pattern!

  44. Pauline November 27, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    This jacket looks amazing! When I received the mail about your next pattern, I was very excited to see what it was. And this kind of dressy jacket is perfect. I love the peplum details and the otherwise simple lines. Congratulations, you have designed a beautiful pattern another time!

  45. Trisha November 27, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to test this pattern, Tasia! Mine is the version with leather—I’ve got it up on my blog now. You can see it here:

  46. Rose November 27, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Can’t wait to try it. I love fitted jackets, but sometimes want one without the lapels, notched collars, and pocket welts.

  47. Titis November 27, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Will this be a good fit for DD cup size

  48. Kessem November 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I LOVE this jacket! so beautiful! It kind of reminds me of a chanel jacket but it’s totally modern and peplum-y! I love the fabric too!

  49. Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh my god, this is the jacket I have been searching for!

  50. Danielle D November 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I just ordered my pattern today 11/27/12 & I can’t wait to make it! :)

  51. Sue A November 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Wow, Tasia! Gorgeous jacket! I can’t believe it- this is quite similar to a ready to wear jacket I LOVE and have been thinking of trying to take a pattern off it! You’ve just saved me the bother! Your designs are really practical and the sort of items that would be on high rotation in most wardrobes. Thanks so much!

  52. oonaballoona November 30, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    holy awesome. that is a thing of beauty.

  53. Danielle December 4, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    My pattern arrived yesterday & today is shopping for the material. I can’t wait to rush home to start on it! :)

  54. Jenny December 7, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Tasia (or anyone),

    Do you think this jacket can be done in a medium/heavy double knit? Should it still be lined? I have my pattern and a lovely wine-colored double knit fabric which I think would make a nice blazer – maybe without the zipper?


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