Look at this STONE COLD FOX! She’s my mom. Runner-up Miss Illinois 1974, y’all.
I knew as soon as Allie Olson of Indiesew released her pattern for the Lonetree Jacket and Vest that I wanted to make one for my mom. This pattern is so chic: it’s a utility jacket with a collar, facings, optional lined hood, and drawstring channel waist. It’s absolutely up-to-the-minute in terms of trends, but yet it’s minimalist enough that it will last as one of those wardrobe staples. I opted to make the full jacket with the hood, but I also loved the way the vest looks. My next project, perhaps!
Isn’t it cute? I used a J. Crew blue twill for the outside that’s a medium weight. I did end up applying interfacing on some of the pieces (as indicated in the pattern), but I probably didn’t need to since the fabric has enough structure of its own. Then I chose a remnant of Liberty lawn for the hood lining, which gives it a fun and modern pop. I love the military look of the jacket with the unexpected color combinations.
AND THE CONSTRUCTION. Holy cow. Every notch is in exactly the right spot and every seam matches perfectly. Only a few of my garments ever turn out completely professional and polished at the end, and this is definitely one of them (which was ideal since it was a gift). There were some new-to-me techniques in this pattern, like installing heavy-duty snaps and cord locks, working with zipper facings, and sewing a collar and a hood. The Lonetree Jacket is not a beginner pattern and you won’t make it in an afternoon, but the instructions include lots of helpful tips and tricks and the illustrations are clear and easy to follow. I had complete trust in Allie, even if the logic behind some of the steps wasn’t apparent at first. That’s how we learn to sew more difficult garments, right?
I am in complete awe of pattern designers anyway, but I copy edited this pattern and saw just how much time and effort went into it. And it totally paid off, because it’s a great pattern to have in your collection. If you’re interested in making your own Lonetree jacket or vest, Allie also just released a Lonetree sewalong with step-by-step photos and even more guidance! Plus, don’t forget to check out the other creations on the Indiesew community page for inspiration. It’s amazing how versatile this pattern is, and I love seeing all the different Lonetree versions.
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