This open draped front jacket is one of the easiest sewing projects you can make. Just two side seams and narrow hemming along the edges.
Fabric you can use to sew this Jacket – Chiffon, Georgette, Lightweight linen, Sateen, Silk, Cotton Lawn, Knits, lightweight denim; any fabric which will drape very well is suitable to sew this one
This jackets needs 3 pattern pieces – 2 fronts and one back.
To make the pattern you need to fold the front portion so that you can mark the extra lapel portion as well which extend from the bodice ( about 10 inch extra).
Front part is two parts- left and right bodice.
Remember to make sure you are mirroring patterns ie you have to have a left pattern and right pattern.
Measurements needed for sewing the jacket pattern
- Bust round
- Shoulder tip to shoulder tip
The height of the jacket is taken as 22 inches; if you are a taller person, measure your desired length and change it accordingly.
You need 2 fabric pieces to mark the front pieces – 23-24 inches in length and width, measuring 12 inches + 1/4 of your bust round.
Take a fabric 23-24 inches long and width equalling 1/2 of your bust round plus 2 inches. This is to be folded by the middle. Mark the dimensions of the pattern given below.
To mark the armhole, follow the diagram below.
Keep fabric folded right sides together and mark. Then cut through the middle after everything is marked.
The back is one piece and hence mark on a folded piece as per the direction below
How to stitch the drapey front jacket
Sewing this waterfall jacket is very easy -it involves just 3 steps
Step 1 – hem the bottom edges of 3 pattern pieces
Hem the bottom edge of the front pieces and back pieces. Make a narrow hem. To get a narrow hem, fold the fabric edge 1/4 inch inside. Stitch along very close to the fold. Trim whatever is extra. Fold again and stitch. You will get a very narrow hem.
Step 2 –Finish the front edge of the front pieces, back neckline, and armholes.
Make a narrow hem along the front fabric edge of the front pieces. Turn under the armhole edges also and finish neatly. Finish the back neckline edge.
Step 3- Join the front pieces to the back at the shoulder and sides
Join the side seams -Joining the front pieces to the back piece. Start joining from the hem ( so that you can keep it aligned / level).
I finished the seams with a mock french finish so that the edges will be neat inside. Mock french seam finish is nothing but seam allowances turned inside and stitched.
You can zig-zag stitch or use the overlocker or serger. Checkout the post on different ways to do seams for more options
Some mirror work or embroidery or bead embroidery would not be amiss in this jacket.
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Updated on December 29, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
o I like this tutorial, it was very useful, thanks.
Thank you for sharing such a great information
It is like this – the front bodice has two parts. Both of them extend some 10 ” extra in the center . That part will fall down as the drapey front . Hope it is clear ?
Hi, I still don’t understand the drapy cuts in the front part
yes, ” means inches 🙂 you can simply google “-” inch to cms and it will give you the conversion
for kimono jacket you can check them out here – https://sewguide.com/best-kimono-jacket-tutorials/
Thank you for this tutorial it so helpful, please can this pattern be used for a kimono and does this (”) means inches and can i use cm instead of inches.
I made it in about 2 meters cloth taken from a long shawl
Looks impressive and easy.
How much of fabric I will need? How to calculate the length of fabric I need?
Thank you for reading:)
I Made this jacket today – very easy to sew
Thanks for reading
Thank you for the pattern making Tutorial!