Finally! cool weather and I get to layer jackets and shirts. And it’s delightful. After over 20 years of living in Deep South Florida, Orlando has seasons, the leaves turn and fall, and I get to wear sweaters and jackets and leggings…well, you get the idea.
The Republique du Chiffon Gerard Manteau is my very favorite loose jacket. I’ve made so many, the pattern just doesn’t disappoint.
I made this version in July, in Kaufman Santa Cruz Cotton Twill from Fabric.com. And this is my first opportunity to wear it!
Some notes on the ‘newer’ version of the pattern. I first sewed this lovely jacket in 2014, when the line drawings were by hand, sizing was sketchy, and there was no English version. Versions by Jolies Bobbines were my inspiration. I went looking for pics for my earliest makes, alas, I was not good at keeping them. But I’ve enjoyed them all.
From 2014 to now:
- The pattern and the PDF are very standardized and professional. Easy to use and understand. I bought the new version specifically because I really like this pattern.
- The sizing, height options, and pockets have changed.
- The jacket is more commodious – it just fits better, the design is more proportionate.
- It has a much better English translation, instructions, and illustrations.
- The instructions are separate PDF.
- The pattern has middle and long length markings.
My more recent versions from the updated pattern include:
This was fun. I’m wearing a cotton big shirt and stretch leggings, could not be happier. Bye for now – Coco