Monday, September 14, 2015

Pattern Review: Flyer Jacket

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On one installment of our ongoing series Would They Wear That? we looked at the trend of MOTO.  We identified several patterns that we found out there that could be modified to make a motorcycle style jacket and I finally go the chance to try one.

Name of the pattern:  This is the P51 Flyer Jacket Pattern by Terra's Treasures.

moto jacket pattern review

Pattern Source:  I discovered this great pattern through Pattern Revolution and one of their Bundle Up sales.  It is marketed as a boy jacket and I think it would make an awesome boy jacket!  I plan to make one for my son, but just have not yet.

Sizes available:  It comes in sizes 12/18 months to 16 and really, I think this pattern not only works for the older kids, it is best for the older kids.  What a cool thing to be able to do, sew your child a moto style jacket!

moto jacket pattern review

Special materials required:  This jacket is designed to be fully lined so you will need an outer and inner fabric.  Depending on heavy/warm you want to make the jacket, your fabrics can greatly vary.

Also essential is a separating jacket zipper and some other hardware to complete the look.  I used some funky snaps to attach the tabs.  Other fun details could be made with metal zippers for pockets.

Skill level required:  When I bought this pattern, I was sure it would require an intermediate or higher skill level.  But, it was really very easy ... but not quick.  There are a lot of pieces involved and cutting alone took quite a bit of time.  But the instructions were so clear, construction was not hard at all.

moto jacket pattern review
The welt pockets are a great touch and I modified them a bit just because of my fabric choice.

I did deviate from the pattern a little bit.  I choose a double sided fabric so I did not line the jacket. Since I did not line it, I used some gold faux leather (it is the cheep kind in the costume section) to provide some contrast on the cuffs, collar, and pockets as well as to bind the edges.

Good:  Well, my daughter told me that this was her favorite thing I ever made.  You just don't get better than that.

moto jacket pattern review
Abi liked the aviator style collar a lot though I liked it down better than snapped.

And I loved how well this project came together.  I was ready for a challenge and it just smoothly turned into a super cool and stylish.

Bad:  My fabric choice was rough on my machine.  It did not like how thick it was in places.  So, just be careful that there are parts that are quite thick and you may need special care in sewing some of those bits.  Especially the top-stitching.

Ugly:  Nothing

Overall pattern rating:  This pattern certainly earned 5 bolts.  
This was my first pattern from Terra's Treasures but it certainly won't be my last!

moto jacket pattern review


  1. Wow, good work on this jacket!


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