Relaxed Dropped-Hem Fashion Jacket

Relaxed Dropped-Hem Fashion Jacket

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

I decided I wanted to draw up a pattern that mimics the newer fashions in the department stores. They are full of dropped hems, asymmetrical hems or some kind of addition to the hem or sweater body in some way – such as lace or organza hems or inserts, a peplum or maybe a self-fabric ruffle at the bottom hem. Anything other than the norm. So, I decided to make this pattern with a little shorter front than usual and a much longer shirt tail hem in the back. Then for a mixed media addition to it, I did the bias binding on the fronts and neck edge in a matching faux suede fabric. The top has self-lapels that lay back when worn. I did have to stretch my brain a bit, because the fronts get longer on the sides and the backs get shorter on the side to meet. πŸ™‚ Then I had to figure out the short rowing to get the angle I desired. So, inevitably that ended up in knitting one of the fronts a couple of times…back to get advice from my mathematician husband – my ever-handy knitting advisor. πŸ™‚ Then the other trend in the stores is much looser bottom hems like a Boho style jacket. With that in mind, this pattern is drawn up with a more fitted top edge and a more flowing, looser bottom edge – although this has dropped shoulder sleeves so that innately makes a looser fitting top, as well. Thus, this is a 1 size fits most pattern. I realize that does not mean it fits everyone, but a lot of folks. πŸ™‚ It was a fun, challenging pattern to design and I hope you will give it a try. See the pattern above for details about machine, yarn, etc. The knitting is actually very easy! πŸ™‚