I don't know about you but the office I work in cold!
Between you and I, not only do I keep a heavy sweater tucked away in a desk drawer but a pair of lightweight gloves! I'm serious. I've even been known to drape a blanket around my shoulders ...well, okay, that was only once and it was to prove a point. And it did work...the cooling system was looked at.
Of course then there are the days that the temperature is perfect! It sure makes it difficult deciding what to wear for the day.
So what does my sometimes cold, sometimes perfect, office temperature have to do with sewing? Well, let me tell you. I am always on the lookout for a simple and versatile jacket that can be worn with multiple summer dresses or tops.
I thought the jacket from this pattern - Vogue 8232 - just might be one of those jackets. It has a simple shape, short sleeves, and a trendy shorter length. No lining, no buttons, no zippers. The jacket itself is basically a peasant blouse gathered into a rounded yoke with the center front left open. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Before I began sewing I decided to do an FBA on the jacket front. While there is a bit of ease built into the jacket front, I wanted to keep the design of the jacket intact and knew that I'd need just a bit more added.
So, out came my copy of Fast Fit for Real People (which is really starting to get worn) and used it as a guideline for the FBA. The jacket doesn't have a dart in the side seam because it has been rotated to the top of the jacket where it will be gathered into the yoke. This is the area I knew I needed to increase. What I did is shown in the photo below.
The jacket itself took less than two hours to complete. This fabric is a white eyelet look out of polyester. I don't remember where I bought it but I'm guessing I picked it up in the last year. I thought it would be lightweight enough to drape nicely, but is stands away from the body more than I would like. The yoke band is meant to be worn open, but I think the next one I'll extend the band and add a button closure.
However it will work just fine as a simple jacket to throw over a sleeveless dress this summer.