Workwear-style jacket with topstitch detail and customising opportunities
A review of Grainline Studio Thayer Jacket
This is a lovely casual jacket pattern, with topstitching details throughout and plenty of opportunities for making it your own. Workwear style, it has three pieces on each of the fronts and back, with in-seam pockets in the front yolk as well as substantial patch pockets. It’s fully lined and has a back collar stand as part of the collar. The lining is bagged out through the collar opening and the collar sewn on last.
All this means you can have contrast lining and different fabric for the collar too. My version was a kit from Guthrie and Ghani fabric shop, which came with brushed heavy cotton for the outer fabric, plaid cotton twill for the lining, and shearling for the collar. This was an excellent fabric combination but it would also work well in any medium to heavyweight denim, corduroy or twill, and you could use a quilted or padded lining.
On sizing, my measurements put me at a size 8 bust and size 10 waist and hip. Looking at the finished garment measurements and the A-line shape, I cut a straight size 8, and have plenty of room in my jacket.
The instructions and accompanying illustrations are clear and straightforward to follow. It’s more of an involved sew because of the details on the front and the topstitching, but an ideal project to take a bit of time over to get a long-lasting casual jacket.
All in all, a great pattern.