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How To’s Day: Cropped Jacket Tutorial

January 21st, 2014 by Camelot Fabrics


Hi everyone!




Happy Tuesday! We hope everyone is having an exceptional day. The mild weather here was short-lived, as we are once again enduring the harsh winds and frozen toes. Winter is still among us, and has no plans to leave any time soon.


But, looking at the calendar we cannot believe that January is almost over…February is just around the corner. It’s time to start preparing for all the Valentine’s Day festivities complete with hearts, pink and red, sugar, and pretty garlands! Any holiday is enough justification for us to find a reason to celebrate, and we’ve got a How To’s Day for you that will surely add some party glam. Throw on your most exuberant dress, a pair of bold heels, armfuls of glitzy jewelry, and add on our cropped jacket to complete the look. Take a peak at how marvelous and classy our cropped jacket looks:



For the ivory jacket, we used 4140707 #3 Tan Lattice. For the blue jacket, we used 4140706 Preppy Harlequin. Both these prints are from the Paisley Please Collection by Jackie McFee.


Last week’s How To’s Day was all about the wonderful men in our lives, but don’t worry girls – we haven’t forgotten about you! We love any reason to play dress up and look fabulous, and today’s tutorial will do just that. Today we are sharing our Cropped Jacket Tutorial for you all!



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Cropped Jacket Tutorial:





– 1  1/4 yard of Paisey Please quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics for Shell

– 3/4 yard of polyester lining (60” wide) in a coordinating color for Lining

– Paper printer

– Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine & coordinating thread, scissors & fabric shears, tape & fabric market, iron & pressing surface, and straight pins


– Please wash, dry & iron your cotton before beginning, and trim selvages.
– When ironing the lining fabric, use moderate heat.
– When laying out template pieces  on a directional print, be conscious of the pattern’s orientation.
– The template includes a 1/2” seam allowance. Unless otherwise noted, sew all seams with a 1/2” allowance.




1. Download and print the Cropped Jacket template PDF at 100% of actual size. Trim along the marked page borders, tape the pieces together as indicated by the numbered triangles and cut out the templates.

2. Trace the templates once onto a folded double layer of the Shell fabric and once onto a folded double layer of Lining fabric, with the center back against the fabric’s fold as noted on your template. Cut out the pieces in both fabrics.



1. Sew the Front Shell panels to the Back Shell piece along the sides (Seam A), Right Sides together. Sew the Front panels to the Back at the shoulders (Seam B), Right Sides together. Repeat this step with the Lining Front and Back pieces, and press all seams open.

2. Sew the Front Sleeve pieces to their corresponding Back Sleeve pieces along the outer arm (Seam C) as shown Right Sides together. Press the seam open. Sew the inner arm (Seam D) of each sleeve and press the seam open. Turn all four sleeves Right Sides out.


3. Fit the one sleeve of each layer into its corresponding bodice, Right Sides together, with the Back Sleeve pieces against the Bodice Backs and the Front Sleeve pieces against the Bodice Fronts. Pin these sleeves in place, with many pins inserted perpendicular to the fabric’s edge and the shoulder & side seams aligned. These seams should require little or no easing. Sew these sleeves, then pin & sew the second sleeve of each fabric.

4. Baste a 1/4” hem along the bottom edge of each bodice.


5. Fit the Lining into the Shell, Right Sides together, and sew the two layers together around the lapels & neck (Seam F) with the shoulder seams aligned. Press this seam open, turn the jacket Right Sides out and press once again, rolling the Lining slightly toward the inside as you go.

6. Topstitch the two layers of the jacket together along the bottom edge (Seam G) with an 1/8” seam following the line of stitching your made in Step 4.

7. You can press the lapels open as we did, or leave them to drape naturally. Either way, wear the jacket with great posture and a pair of fabulous shoes.




We hope you have enjoyed our How To’s Day today! If you decide to give this tutorial a try, we would love to see your fabulous look. You can email us at along with any other project you’ve created with our fabrics or from our DIY tutorials. Thanks for reading! :)




Happy Sewing!

34 Responses to “How To’s Day: Cropped Jacket Tutorial”

  1. May 29, 2014 at 5:32 am, Lelania said:

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! I was looking for something lightish to accompany my dresses for work,
    I love the pattern and versatility of it!

    • June 02, 2014 at 10:43 am, said:

      Oh yay!! We are so happy you love this pattern, Lelania!! :)

  2. May 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm, Niza said:

    Hi Vanessa, thank you for this beautiful pattern, I will try to do it.. by the way, may I know what size this jacket please. I just love the style of this jacket.

    • June 02, 2014 at 10:42 am, said:

      Hi Niza!! So happy you enjoyed this tutorial! It would fit a S/M :) If you decide to give it a try, let us know!! We’d love to see the finished jacket :)

      • June 04, 2014 at 7:04 am, Niza said:

        Hi Vanessa, thank you so much, I might need to add a bit of size since I am more M/L… will let u know the result, thanks again, have a lovely day !

  3. June 04, 2014 at 9:16 pm, Eryena said:

    Thanks for sharing :D

    • June 09, 2014 at 11:02 am, said:

      So happy you like our tutorial, Eryena!!

  4. June 08, 2014 at 12:42 am, Tally said:

    What a lovely pattern! I just used it to make myself a little jacket out of two old cotton scarves, and it turned out quite nicely.

    • June 09, 2014 at 11:03 am, said:

      Oh what a creative idea!! We’d love to see a finished picture of it if you don’t mind :)

  5. June 08, 2014 at 7:12 am, Anna said:

    Thank you for the lovely tutorial and pattern! I’d very much like to make this; what size bust and waist is the pattern for? Just so I can get an idea of what the fit would be like on me. Thanks!

  6. June 09, 2014 at 9:02 pm, Carmen said:

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern & tutorial. I have been looking for something like this. So classy.

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm, said:

      Yay, so happy you enjoy the tutorial Carmen! :)

  7. June 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm, Ashleigh Dewitt said:

    Very cool! I will have to give this a try, I’ve been avoiding shopping for summer jackets for work because I’ve convinced myself to make something. This pattern will be my first attempt ;) I assume it’s about a size Small, is that right?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm, said:

      Yes, it is!! So happy you enjoy our tutorial – if you decide to give it a try, we would love to see!! :)

  8. June 11, 2014 at 3:41 am, Kevser said:

    Great idea! I like it ,I will try this pattern. İt’s about a size s-m ? Thanks for idea and pattern!

    • June 11, 2014 at 9:27 am, said:

      Hi! Yes, S/M :) If you do, we would love to see the finished project! :)

  9. June 12, 2014 at 5:42 am, Nicoletta said:

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern!
    I’ll need a M/L so I think I’ll add some more fabric to fit me properly.
    Thank you again!!
    ps: lovely blog!!

    • June 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm, said:

      Hi Nicoletta! We are so happy you like our tutorial!! :) If you decide to give it a try, we would love to see! xoxo

  10. July 05, 2014 at 4:56 pm, rosa said:

    It`s just beautiful.Love it and hope to nice fabrics to sew it.Thanks for the pattern!

  11. August 01, 2014 at 3:11 pm, Viridiana said:

    I just made this a couple of days ago. It turned out great. I use it for dresses. Thank you so much for providing the pattern you have saved me from spending money on a jacket. :)

  12. September 01, 2014 at 4:52 pm, Ilz said:

    I adore this one! I am a novice sewer, and am wondering if you guys have some pointers on how to change the size to a L/XL? Somehow I feel just outlining it with a few extra inches isn’t enough..

  13. September 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm, Jackie said:

    This Cropped Jacket will be great over my sundress on a cool summer day. Thanks again for sharing.

  14. October 29, 2014 at 12:33 am, syira said:

    Thank you so much for the pattern. i have one question though, if i want to make a long sleeved one, i just have to lengthen the sleeves right?

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  16. March 10, 2015 at 8:49 am, daphnee said:

    thank you for a pattern it’s very beautiful. I would like knowledge to wiich size corresponds the pattern and it’s necessary to double all pièces of cloth or only the bodice front
    thank you daphnée

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    Is there any way you could give us the finished measurements of this jacket? I know you said sized to fit “small-to-medium” but as someone who is usually a medium I’m not sure whether I’d need to size up the pattern for myself at all! I’d love to make it but would like to know the finished measurements before I start so I can decide if I need to adjust it anywhere!

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    Hi !
    Great jacket ! I would love to sew this for me, but after 2 babies I have quite a bit more to fit in… Do you mind giving me an advice to sew your jacket in xl ? That would be great.
    Greetings from Germany

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    can I print this lovely pattern on A4?


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