Pattern Review: StyleArc Gabby Woven Jacket

Pattern Description: GABBY WOVEN JACKET: The stylish sleeve head and reverse revere of this jacket gives the look of now. Wear it with jeans for a casual look or with a skirt for the office or special occasion
This jacket meets at the front therefore no buttons required also the jetted pockets are optional.

Sizing: 6-30. I made a size 10.

Fabric Used: “Ottoman” Brocade – Golds/Grays on Black, Calamo Silk Habotai in Black, both from Gorgeous Fabrics.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 65/9 needle, Contoured Set-in Shoulder Pads, Pro-Tricot Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by the Pressinatrix, Welt Pockets, Make the Lining First
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes!

How were the instructions? They were typical StyleArc, which means that while the directions were somewhat cryptic and dialectical (“jetted pockets” is Aussiespeak for “welt pockets”), they were fine if you have some experience, and…

Construction Notes: …This pattern is SO well drafted that you practically don’t need instructions if you have any experience! It’s rated Challenging to Experienced, but honestly, if you have intermediate skills you can definitely put this together easily. They have you bag the lining, and it went better than any other pattern I’ve bagged before (Big Four? Better look over your shoulders). Sizing-wise, I didn’t make any changes. When I tried on the muslin, it fit fine over my bust, so I left it as-is. I thought about adding a frog closure, but decided against it once I finished the jacket.

Likes/Dislikes: LOVE: the lines of this pattern; how well it is drafted; the fit through the upper chest and shoulders; the cool double-seamed shoulder; the way the lining fits perfectly in the garment. There is nothing that I dislike.

That’s a thing of beauty!

I also have to say, I LOVE this fabric! It’s lightweight, so you can wear it all year round. And it is so comfortable!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely to both questions! This is a fabulous pattern. It fits me better than it fits Shelley, but here are some pictures on her. I’m bringing it with me when I go on a business trip next week, so hopefully I’ll get pictures of me in it then.


Detail of the Double-Seamed Shoulder


Conclusion: This is a great pattern. Even if you’re not an experienced sewing type, it gives great results!

Happy sewing!

19 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Gabby Woven Jacket”

  1. Mary says:

    This is just beautiful and the fabric IS just gorgeous! I have had my eye on this pattern and you have convinced me to go for it! Thanks!

  2. Mary Beth says:

    Beautiful! No special shoulder pads needed, either. It’s sharp

  3. Far says:

    Gorgeous!!! I Bet It Looks Smart On You! 🙂

  4. Sewellen says:

    well, you have me convinced. You’ve been going to town on the style arc patterns. I’m going to have to order some! Gorgeous jacket!

  5. patsijean says:

    Beautiful jacket; beautiful pattern.

  6. Mrs K says:

    Beautiful – love the fabric.

  7. Susan B says:

    That is a fabulous jacket!

  8. BeaJay says:

    Beautiful. I may have to try this jacket.

  9. Shams says:

    That is a very good-looking jacket, Ann!

  10. Sandra says:

    Ann, this is a lovely jacket. I am going to put this Style Arc pattern on my “When I Advance in Sewing Skills to Intermediate” list! 🙂

  11. Gail says:

    This is a beautiful jacket! I have been wanting to try Stye Arc patterns and now you have me convinced. One question though, what is “bag the lining”? I don’t know that term – maybe I’m not advanced enough to take on this pattern.

  12. STUNNING! …this will be my next pattern buy from Style Arc 🙂

  13. sdBev says:

    Oh Gawd that is beautiful.

  14. Amy says:

    That is so beautiful! It’s exquisitely sewn and that fabric is drool-worthy.

  15. JustGail says:

    That’s a lovely jacket and fabric, and it does have very interesting sleeve heads. But what’s “reverse revere”??? Google was no help on that. Is it an Australian term for the collar detail in front?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Shoot Gail, I was hoping someone would know. 🙂 Seriously, I think it’s the lapel treatment – kind of a reverse peaked lapel, but that’s just my wild guess.

  16. Phyllis says:

    I saw this in person yesterday and it’s a 1,000 times more gorgeous in person than this photo! I also tried it on and it looks just as good on me as it does Ann despite our upper body proportions being about as different as they could possibly be even though we’re basically the same RTW size. The shoulder pads really add to the design but don’t promote that 80’s linebacker look even though Ann has broad shoulders and mine are just the opposite. Plus where else will you find a jacket pattern that looks like Stella McCartney designed it? I need to make this up for myself!

  17. Kathryn says:

    Beautiful jacket, Ann. Now I’m sorry I did not include that pattern in my last Style Arc order! The fabric you chose highlights the shoulder detail so nicely–subtle yet eye-catching.

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