Trend Watch: Short/Cropped Jackets
The short/cropped jacket, including cropped blazers, moto jackets, and classic Chanel-inspired looks, is an emerging trend in women’s ready to wear fashion. From just below the waist to cropped several inches above, these shorter jackets will be an even stronger trend in the spring season as they showed up frequently in spring RTW runway shows. Here are some examples of styles already available for the fall/winter season at retail, and some examples of currently available sewing patterns that can be used to make shorter jackets.
From left to right: Lane Bryant Aztec Jacquard Moto Jacket, $89.95, from lanebryant.com; Pedro del Hierro Madrid’s Fall Cropped Wool/Cotton Blend Double Breasted Jacket, $1510, from net-a-porter.com; Alice + Olivia Rutson Cropped Straight Blazer, $179.99 from ruelala.com
From left to right: Haute Hippie Tribal Jacquard Jacket, $402.75 at Bloomingdales.com, Akris Punta Cropped Dot Print Jacket, $1390, at neiman-marcus.com; Eileen Fisher Drape Front Silk Crepe Crop Jacket, $298 with select colors $199, at eileenfisher.com
And on to the patterns…
This unlined jacket features bracelet-length sleeves, an angled shawl collar, and vest-like hem detailing. The pattern is designed for Medium weight woven fabrics with a bit of stretch or medium weight stable knits. Think wool suitings or cotton twill with a bit of lycra, ponte knits, scuba. The site even suggests french terry!
Spit Up and Stiletto’s Gabrielle Blazer
This is a free pattern for a structured shorter length blazer. The site suggests cottons, but I think the stretch fabrics recommended for the Grainline Morris blazer would work well for this one too.
This just-released (as of the publish date of this post) pattern features two styles of a sleeveless dress and the coordinating cropped jacket, which has two sleeve variations: long sleeves, pictured here, and bracelet-length bell shaped sleeves. This pattern is sized up to a 24W (which, of course, is like a 20 in ready to wear and indie patterns).
The Lisette-designed moto jacket pattern (the pattern also includes a sleeveless dress) was released this last summer, but moto jacket designs are still going strong in the fall. This is a lined jacket, with shoulder pads, welt pockets, exposed zipper, and two-piece sleeves. Suggested fabrics are linen and twill, but I think ponte and perhaps faux suede would be nice fabric choices for cool weather.
This pattern has been around for awhile, but is fully on trend. The design features a boat neckline, fake vertical pockets, and an inverted pleat in the back. The pattern is designed with a full lining. Suggested fabrics include tweed, light boucle, and other wool or cotton blends.
BurdaStyle Jacket Patterns
BurdaStyle.com has a number of cropped and shorter jacket patterns, which are available as PDF downloads. I’ve highlighted two styles here.
At left is a plus-size Double Breasted Spencer Jacket. This pattern is intended for those with advanced sewing ability, and the jacket is lined.
On the right is a Cropped Jacket from the most recent issue of the European version of the magazine. This is a combination pattern, with three longer length variations on the same pattern. The jacket features a shawl collar running the length of the jacket.