by Susan Goldie
A signature piece that can be super rebellious or femininely styled, the moto jacket has been a fashion constant since actors like James Dean and Marlon Brando made it cool on screen in the 50's. Originally designed in 1928 by the Schott company (still remarkably in business today!) it was the first time zippers were placed on a jacket pocket. The reason? So items would stay put when riding the motorcycle. And the diagonal zip closure was no accident either - it served to block the wind when riding and kept the jacket from bunching up when mounting the bike.
We just LOVE #fashionkitmotojacket pattern Style #12007. Inspired from a vintage Harley Davidson jacket, we hope you will craft the perfect one for your own wardrobe! It's cut close to the hip, has lots of xyz options for zippers, embellishment and personal style, and the shoulders and sleeve have plenty of room to accommodate movement and a sweater underneath. Fabric options for this piece abound. Try it in one of the fabulous faux leathers, a fine wool, selvedge denim, or a waxed canvas. Have a blast putting zippers in the back, the sleeve seams, or by adding a zip pocket. Embellishment goes without saying - classic or spiky studs, embroidery, hand painting - bring it on. The pattern comes with a removable fur collar option for even further variations.
The FK moto jacket is part of our Winter 2016 kit and we hope you will have a lot of sewing joy adapting this quintessential American classic to your own personal style.
Please share with us the fashions you create by tagging them #fashionkit, #fashionkitmotojacket.