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Introducing the Monarch Jacket

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog. | Introducing the Monarch Jacket Sewing Pattern by Allie Olson

My fifth sewing pattern is finally here! The Monarch Jacket sewing pattern has been in the works for a very long time, and I am over the moon to finally see so many months of hard work materialize!

Monarch’s origin story is a bit funny. Last spring, I saw a woman walking on a Boulder sidewalk wearing a pair of wide-leg cropped pants and a knit raglan jacket with contrast sleeves (like the navy version you see below). I could only see the jacket from the back, but I could tell the wide waistband fell above her hips and the boxy jacket stood away from the body a bit. I couldn’t get the visual of this jacket out of my head for months; I was obsessed.

Over time, I started to fill in the blanks. I wanted the front of the jacket to be slightly bomber-inspired, but without super stretchy ribbing that gathers in the bottom of the jacket to the waist and makes it more of a bubble shape. I added a bomber collar, wide waistband and cuffs, all designed to be sewn in self fabric. The snaps complement the sporty vibe and make this a very beginner-friendly pattern.

The result is a design that I’m absolutely in love with. And I have been wearing it nonstop.

Monarch Jacket by Allie Olson | Available at Indiesew

Monarch Jacket Waistband | Indiesew Sewing Patterns

Monarch is slightly cropped and is intended to be worn with high-waisted pants, over bibs, or with a body hugging knit dress. The waistband seam is intended to hit just a few inches below your natural waist. The sleeves are slightly cropped as well, and look great when scrunched up the arm a bit.

While we designed Monarch to be worn open, like a cardigan, a three snap closure does offer the option to wear it closed, which looks just as great. 

Monarch Jacket Snaps | Sewing Pattern by Allie Olson

Monarch should be sewn in thick knit fabrics like ponte, French Terry, or scuba. This 12.5-ounce rib knit is also an excellent choice. We’ve found that rayon-based ponte fabrics have resulted in the nicest samples (see a few we have in stock below). They have excellent drape, can be worn several times without washing (yay for sleeves that don’t stretch out!) and the collars lay flat against the neckline.

The body of the Monarch Jacket should be sewn in a fabric with at least 20% stretch, while the collar should be sewn in a fabric with at least 40% stretch.  

Monarch Jacket in Ponte Fabric |

This design is a relatively simple sew; any adventurous beginner should be able to tackle it. The collar insertion is an intermediate skill, but with patience you’ll do great.

Monarch Jacket by Allie Olson | Sewing Patter at Indiesew

Monarch Jacket in One Color |

Besides thread, the only other supplies you’ll need are three 1/2" or 5/8" snaps and 1/2 yard of interfacing (non-stretch is fine). From cutting to finished garment, you can definitely complete the Monarch Jacket in an afternoon.


Monarch Jacket Fabrics

We've got three fabrics in the shop right now that are ideal for this design, and a few more on the way!

Monarch Jacket Fabrics | Indiesew.comBrick Red Rayon Ponte • Terra Cotta Rayon Ponte • Cotton Stripe Rib Knit 

For the next two weeks we’ll have lots more Monarch Jacket inspiration for you! Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to know when the new content drops.

Happy sewing!

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