The Mole Jacket

Grey Cropped Jacket

Pattern: Butterick 5089
Fabric: Wool coating from Metro Textile in NYC
Size: 10

Grey Cropped Jacket

Pros: I like that it’s an express pattern (2 Hour Fashion), and I knew that it would go together fast. Of course, I opted to do some handwork, so it took longer than two hours to do. But still, pretty fast to whip up.

Fabric Used: A furry wool that I bought at Metro Textile in NYC. It seriously looks like I skinned a mole or something. But it’s got a wonderful soft feel to it.

Pattern Alterations: I added an extra snap along the lower edge because otherwise it would flip open if a breeze came by. I have no idea why they just included two snaps at the top and nothing at the bottom to keep it shut. I also hand stitched the neck facings down since they bunched up when trying to put the jacket on.

The collar, because of its bulky nature, has a tendency to roll out in the back. This should have been understitched before adding it to the jacket, but I didn’t know that beforehand. So, unfortunately, it rolls out and there’s not much I can do about it now.

It’s also a bit tricky to put on and to adjust the collar, again because of its bulky nature. I need a mirror to check it out to make sure everything is smooth and not bunchy.

All in all, a good and easy pattern.



  1. July 13, 2008 / 10:23 pm

    That is the cutest little jacket. You’ll be real stylish when the weather changes.

  2. July 14, 2008 / 2:55 am

    Hi, love the jacket! Very chic. To answer the question you left on my blog about 5/8″ seam allowances, my instructors were taking the big US pattern companies to task for making patterns with 5/8 SAs when the RTW standard is much less. They (my teachers) say the 5/8 SA makes us do so much more work, like when attaching collars and cuffs, and we end up trimming the SA down anyway. Hope this kind of answers your question.

  3. July 14, 2008 / 12:37 pm

    Ah ha! That makes so much more sense now. Thank you!

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