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Inspired by the timeless glamour of the 1940s, the Francine Jacket is an elegant, single-breasted tailored jacket with two stunning options.
Version 1 is our classic Francine Jacket, originally inspired by a gorgeous vintage suit one of our customers was wearing. With a shawl collar, pretty curved front hem and high-hip length, version 1 is utterly 1940s in style and is the perfect jacket to make any look that bit more chic.
Influenced by the genius of Christian Dior, version 2 features a notched collar and longline, hip-length hem, with slanted pockets inserted into the front panels. The back of the jacket gently flares with a classic vent. The longer length means it’ll keep you that little bit warmer, which means sewn in a high wool content fabric it can be worn as an Autumn/Winter coat.
Both versions feature a slim silhouette and waisted fit which offers that quintessential 1940’s shape we love. The long two-piece set-in sleeve is gently tailored at the sleevehead for definition, and the jacket is finished with delicate handstitching for an exquisite finish. Both jackets are shaped with princess seams and close at the front with three buttons. Though designed with two variations in mind, elements such as the collar, front hem shaping and length of version 1 and version 2 can be interchanged with relative ease by more experienced sewers.
Perfect for the office as well as for smartening up a casual look, wear your Francine Jacket with everything from smart tailored trousers and pencil skirts to jeans and a simple breton top.
The Francine Jacket sewing pattern is designed for advanced sewers, who are comfortable with hand sewing and interested in learning some couture dressmaking techniques. We do not recommend this pattern for inexperienced dressmakers.
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The Francine Jacket works best in medium weight fabrics, such as boiled wool, melton, boucle and wool blend coatings and suitings. You can also use heavyweight linens for a more summery style, but be aware that as linen is not as malleable as wool, you may find setting in the sleeve and stitching the princess seams more tricky. The Francine Jacket is not designed to be sewn in stretch fabrics such as jersey or ponte di Roma.
Francine is fully lined, and we recommend using something with a slippery touch to make getting the jacket on and off easier. We recommend fabrics such as acetate, satin and even silks if you want an extra luxurious feel. To find the perfect fabric, have a look our specially curated suggestions.
You will also require tailoring interfacing for the Francine Jacket, as well as strips of ice wool and optional shoulder pads to shape the sleeveheads. Both variations of the Francine Jacket close with three buttons.
Sizes; The Francine Jacket is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements.
Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.
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Linen, Wools / Suiting
UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48