Loving the summer and not loving winter, I’m happy there’s autumn with its wonderful colours to make the transition bearable! Also it makes a great background to show you my latest make. It’s a light jacket based on the Cardigan Bergen pattern from Anne Kerdilès, a French pattern maker I discovered on Instagram.
It has nice details such as these shoulder pleats.
Normally the pattern is destined for a knit fabric but I think it is also possible to use non-stretch fabric, as I did! The fabric is an unexpected find on a local sewing flea market few weekends ago. It is a lovely dark green and I wanted to buy a modest two meters of it. To my surprise the lady didn’t sell by the meter and I either had to leave it or take the whole roll… well given her price my decision was quickly made! And even better, I could have a pretty brick colored wool fabric with it, which will become a coat for my mother one day. Unfortunately I don’t know the composition of the green fabric. I searched Google for Modesto Bertotto and it seems to be a company making men’s suits in Italy… I guess it is a wool blend but not sure though. If you know more you can always let me know! Anyway you will see a lot more makes in this fabric as I have quite some spare 🙂
For the pattern I did some slight modifications; making the neckline V-shaped and adding a zipper instead of buttons. To this end, I removed the overlap required for the buttons. Logically you have to modify the front yoke’s size as well. Sadly I did some miscalculations and the yoke is a bit too long making it wobbly at the bottom. Also, I would advise to leave a big enough margin (1 cm) underneath the zipper to easily sew the yoke onto the jacket, which of course I didn’t do. Luckily, as long as I don’t close the jacket, it is not too noticeable…
Here are some more pictures of the jacket in autumnal scenery!
Pattern: Cardigan Bergen from Anne Kerdilès in size 36
Modifications: French seams (only 1 cm seam allowance is included in the pattern so the jacket is more in between a size 34 and 36), V-shaped neckline and zipper
Fabric and haberdashery: Fabric from flea market and zipper from Mondial Tissus