Over the last few weeks, projects made from the new Deer&Doe patterns have started popping up all over the place, and that makes me really happy. On my front I have finally been able to finish and photograph my version of the Lupin jacket, and I’m taking this opportunity to answer a question that has been asked a lot: can you wear it closed?
Lupin is a casual jacket with draped panels on the front that make it look like a Perfecto motorcycle jacket, and gathering at the waistband that calls more at the bomber jacket. It also has double welt pockets and is entirely lined. At first I thought it would be a more complex project than what I usually make, but that wasn’t the case at all: putting it together is really easy and fun. Actually, looking at my blog archives, I realized this was my first time making a lined jacket! Maybe it’s time I start sewing something else than dresses…?
For the main fabric, I picked a mid-weight linen-cotton blend that has a little less drape that what is called for for this pattern. I think it makes the draped panels stand up a bit more than they are supposed to, but I like it. The lining is a very pink rayon batiste. You’ll have to believe me on this one: linen + rayon is the ultimate combination, this is the most comfortable spring jacket I’ve ever worn 😀
As soon as I finished it, I put it on to try with half of my wardrobe. There I suddently had some doubts: I wasn’t so sure that the casual style of the jacket worn open was working so well with all my fit-and-flare retro dresses. So I tried a quick hack, and added two sets of large sew-on snaps at the waistband, so I can also wear it closed.
This is what it looks like open and closed. I do like how the jacket looks open, and that is probably how I’m going to wear it the most (also because it is so comfortable!) but the closed version shows the waistline better.
I don’t like the closed version as much from the back, as the more fitted, higher waistband means more volume in the lower back. I think than in order to actually wear it closed it might be worth shortening it by a few centimeters.
And just in case you want to know, this is what Lupin looks like if you straighten up the panels. I wonder if there’s a way to make it work like this, maybe with a separating zipper like on a Perfecto? Or snaps all the way up?
So what do you think, do you like it better open or closed? If you have other ideas of closures to add to this jacket, I’d be very curious to know them!