Francine Jacket PDF Sewing Pattern

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Inspired by the timeless glamour of the 1940s, the Francine Jacket is an elegant, single-breasted tailored jacket with two stunning options.

Version 1 is our classic Francine Jacket, originally inspired by a gorgeous vintage suit one of our customers was wearing. With a shawl collar, pretty curved front hem and high-hip length, version 1 is utterly 1940s in style and is the perfect jacket to make any look that bit more chic.

Influenced by the genius of Christian Dior, version 2 features a notched collar and longline, hip-length hem, with slanted pockets inserted into the front panels. The back of the jacket gently flares with a classic vent. The longer length means it’ll keep you that little bit warmer, which means sewn in a high wool content fabric it can be worn as an Autumn/Winter coat.

Both versions feature a slim silhouette and waisted fit which offers that quintessential 1940’s shape we love. The long two-piece set-in sleeve is gently tailored at the sleevehead for definition, and the jacket is finished with delicate handstitching for an exquisite finish. Both jackets are shaped with princess seams and close at the front with three buttons. Though designed with two variations in mind, elements such as the collar, front hem shaping and length of version 1 and version 2 can be interchanged with relative ease by more experienced sewers.

Perfect for the office as well as for smartening up a casual look, wear your Francine Jacket with everything from smart tailored trousers and pencil skirts to jeans and a simple breton top.

See what other people have been making in the Francine Jacket Gallery and on Instagram with hashtag #soifrancinejacket

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Sewing Level
The Francine Jacket sewing pattern is suitable for experienced sewists.

Fancy a helping hand?
The Francine Jacket pattern is also available as part of our Advanced Guide to Sewing a Tailored Jacket online class on Stitch School, our online learning platform. The class includes the PDF pattern and video tutorials as well as print-at-home illustrated instructions. You can purchase the class individually for £50, or get it for free as part of a Premium Stitch School subscription.

Find out more about Stitch School here.

Fabric Suggestions
The Francine Jacket works best in medium weight fabrics, such as boiled wool, melton, boucle and wool blend coatings and suitings. You can also use heavyweight linens for a more summery style, but be aware that as linen is not as malleable as wool,  you may find setting in the sleeve and stitching the princess seams more tricky. The Francine Jacket is not designed to be sewn in stretch fabrics such as jersey or ponte di Roma.

Francine is fully lined, and we recommend using something with a slippery touch to make getting the jacket on and off easier. We recommend fabrics such as acetate, satin and even silks if you want an extra luxurious feel.

You will also need tailoring interfacing, as well as strips of ice wool and optional shoulder pads to shape the sleeveheads. Both variations of the Francine Jacket close with three buttons.

Fabric Requirements
The Francine Jacket is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. 

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
  • fully-illustrated printable instruction booklet
  • copyshop permission letter

The print-at-home Francine Jacket sewing pattern is 67 A4 pages long for variation 1, and 77 A4 pages for variation 2.

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.

So what is a print-at-home PDF pattern? A print-at-home pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on your home printer. Simply download, print, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, make sure you print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, and check that the square measures 10cm x 10cm. If you have never used a print-at-home sewing pattern before and would like some help, check out our Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns

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