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Rad Patterns Luca Jacket

Latest release by Rad Patterns is one to watch out for. Luca Jacket comes with 3 views - crop, peplum, and swing. I like patterns like this which offer more ways to make the same pattern because once I do the adjustments and fitting, I want to use the pattern over and over again especially if it's a great pattern like this one.

Luca Jacket by Rad patterns


I made two views in different fabrics to come up with the looks. The swing coat was my first version with long collar and is made with fleece. I used some dots minky for the collar piece. This coat is like getting a big hug everytime I wear it. It's warm and looks stylish for getting kids from school or running errands.

Luca Jacket by Rad Patterns

I wanted another version made and initially I was thinking of going with sweatshirt fleece which is the recommended fabric. However, I started seeing crop versions others were making and inspiration to do a moto jacket stuck immediately. Some pinterest browsing solidified this jacket would work great as a moto jacket.  
Luca Jacket Rad Patterns

To make the jacket, I mainly followed the pattern directions for the body of the jacket. I added additional topstitching details wherever necessary. I also quilted the jacket sleeve and added an additional piece. 
Topstitching


To do so, I split the pattern vertically into thirds. Traced to a paper and added the seam allowance to the seams that will be sewn together. So the side panels got seam allowance added to one side and the center panel got it on both sides (not shown) 

Since I wanted quilting  I doubled up the fabric on the center panel. Quilting shows up better on thicker fabric but this did the job. I chose to quilt just under the elbow and stopped half way from the hemline. 

After this, I joined the side panel pieces and topstitched them into place. Since Rad patterns sleeves are NOT cut on a fold, there is an actual left side and right side so had to be careful while constructing that or I would end up with 2 identical sleeves instead of mirror images. 


From this point on, it was back to constructing the jacket per instructions with the addition of topstitching where needed. When it came to hemline, I decided to add a band like you see on most moto style jackets. I was originally going to add a belt with belt loops but ultimately thought against it. I like the simple elegance of this piece. 





There is a kids version of this jacket as well. It is also available in a Womens and Kids bundle.



Hope you give this jacket a try! I think it's very versatile and stylish one with the various collar and hem styles. You might find this jacket becomes one of your favorite things!


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