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Biker Jacket Cardi

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I have used a thick weave black cotton fabric here. And the edging is a really unusual wooly glitter knitted “ribbon”.  As it has a bit of stretch to it, it works just like a bias binding and goes round all the corners easily. The contrasting edging gives it a bit of a Chanel couture look I think.

My second version is in a loose weave yellow fabric. I’ve lined it which gives it a much more jacket-like look than than cardi-look. I just cut the front pieces again in another fabric – a really BRIGHT yellow for a bit of zing. I then sewed the 2 front panels together very close to the edge to hold them in place. The contrasting binding covers over the stitching that holds them together. The edging on this one is a standard khaki bias binding.

This jacket is easy to make and I love how different it looks open or closed (or even half open). I used some really big feature poppers here to add to the biker look. I haven’t quite decided which fastening to use for the black one – but I was thinking maybe a matt black press stud.

Sew snug! This version is lined in shearling with matching trimmed cuffs and the body made in a grey dogtooth wool. It’s a very slight adaptation of the original Biker Jacket Cardi pattern. For anyone who wants to get this slightly more traditional lapel look, you just square off the rounded corners of the front panels

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Wools / Suiting


8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

Half a day, All day

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  1. Biker Jacket Cardi


    This was made up with scrap fabric to test for fit but has bee worn!
    Main fabric is a sweatshirt , lining left over dress fabric( lightweight poly?)
    Changes made to pattern : due to lack of fabric sleeves cut in two pieces with lining inserted to create contrast feature
    Large snaps used to create closing-positioned to create multiple options for neckline
    Top stitched edges to finish/ hold lining in place.

    Deliberately chose non crease/ easy wear fabric as this was intended to be thrown on as a lightweight layer on cooler mornings and evenings abroad. I wanted something that would look fine with trousers, skirts or dresses. This fitted the bill nicely !

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