Decades Everyday Three’s a Charm Jacket

Today I am talking about my Decades Everyday Three’s a Charm Jacket. After seeing Tanya’s and Meg’s versions of this pattern, I decided I needed to have it. I’ve been saying this is the year of blazers and pants so this jacket helps fulfill that. I will try other blazer patterns, but it’s nice to start with a simpler one with great details.

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The jacket is collarless and unlined. It has bust darts, fish eye darts on the front and back,  shoulder darts on the back, and elbow darts. All contribute to a great shape. There are facings to finish off the edge and an optional front button.

For my jacket, I chose a woven mid-weight black and pink polkadot fabric.

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I believe it’s cotton, but haven’t done a burn test. I got it from a dressmaker in the city who was giving away a bunch of fabric. There was *just* enough fabric to make this with a back seam instead of on the fold and my facings in a black fabric. For my button, I interfaced a small piece of magenta knit fabric from my Eva top and made a covered button. It matches perfectly with the pink in the polkadots.

I did a 1.5 inch FBA (for a total of 3 extra inches in the bust) and a 1.5 inch large bicep adjustment. My fit issues were not adding enough to the sleeves, not doing a narrow shoulder adjustment, and not lengthening the back to accommodate the length from the FBA (edit: D’oh! Length didn’t come from the FBA, but from readjusting a rather large dart to make it less pointy in fitting it. I made the dart a bit smaller and it corrected the pointiness, but added a bit of length to the front sides. This is what happens when you write when you are sleeeeeepy), but I will be remedying that by shortening the front a bit anyway. Short-waisted problems. For this version, I ended up making a back facing instead of hemming it because of the extra length in the front. Other than that, the fit is pretty good. I am thinking of adding gussets in the arms to this version because they are a bit tight, but I can still raise my arm.

Here it is!

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And to give you an idea of what it looks with a skirt:

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And a look at the inside:

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I wear skirts more so it’s definitely my preference this way.

My photos are inside, because Toronto hit a record all time low with negative 7 degrees celcius on the 10th of April and it snowed a bunch. I cleared my cutting table out of the way and took pictures in my sewing room/master bedroom. Makes for an okay backdrop, but was a pain to get everything out of the way. I hope I won’t have to do it very often. I also hope that was the last blast of winter. Today is supposed to be warmer…. Oh well, in a couple of weeks, I will be in a different country! I am getting way too excited for the trip!

TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: Decades Everyday Three’s a Charm Jacket
  • Pros: Great shaping for curves and looks great with dresses/skirts or pants. Love the elbow darts.
  • Cons: Lining would be a nice to have, but isn’t a huge con. Expanded sizing would also be great.
  • Make again?: Absolutely. I have so many plans including a white denim jacket now that I’ve seen Tanya’s.
  • Rating: pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdhalf-star-black-md4.5/5 stars
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23 thoughts on “Decades Everyday Three’s a Charm Jacket

  1. Very pretty fabric and the vee neck is lovely on you.

    I’m confused by this statement “not lengthening the back to accommodate the length from the FBA.” There shouldn’t be a need to adjust the back when doing an FBA. Maybe something else went awry? I’m really not being picky … just trying to help. 🙂

  2. Looks great for a first attempt! I can’t imagine trying to fit something woven like that on my top half, what a nightmare, haha! Can’t wait to see the next one after the adjustments, I think it will be perfect.

  3. It’s beautiful. The colour suits you and I like the lining you chose. I can’t really imagine that cold. I’ve never lived anywhere that has been colder than 12C at its lowest! Your coat will definitely come in handy!

    • Thanks so much, Kate. It’s supposed to be warmer this time of year (around 12C!). Living in a place where it’s never colder than 12C sounds like a dream. ❤

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