The Liberty Jane® Malibu Libby: Avila Aviator Jacket PDF Pattern designed to fit an 18 inch doll, such as American Girl® or Tonner My Imagination™, is definitely a statement piece!
Your doll will look chic and trendy with this classic bomber style jacket. All the details are spot on from the realistic zip placket to the knit bands trimming the edges. This jacket is fully lined and features raglan sleeves, and a fully functioning front separating zipper. *Zip placket is optional and jacket can be made with out it.
There are so many looks you can achieve with this jacket depending on your fabric choice. For an urban look, try a satin, nylon or faux leather/suede. For a contemporary, girly look, try a floral print in cotton or rayon. The raglan sleeves also make it fun to combine solid and print together. Have fun creating your fashionable aviator style jacket!
Bonus - Tips included to shorten any length separating zipper! Pattern is designed to use a 5" length, but you can easily use a 6" or longer length zipper too.
Suggested fabrics include satin, nylon, poly lining, rayon, print quilting cotton, swetshirt fleece, sequined knit, amd more. Ribbed knit is used for neck, cuffs, and waistband; and can be bought by the yard or upcycled from a variety of clothing items.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, You will need the basic understanding of how to use a sewing machine and be familiar with sewing straight seams. Jacket has a functional zipper, a zipper foot is needed. This is a great pattern to learn the zipper instalation technique!
What You Get: One 29 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. This pattern includes a 3 page Summary of Instructions section so you can print out just the text version if desired to save on printer ink! A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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I made this jacket out of a old work shirt of my grandsons. Put the front patch on the back so it says his work place a resort. The granddaughter loved it made up fast and fits well.
Well I made 1 and have 6 more to go. Always, always, read the inst. The picture could have been clearer about the jacket lining( a note to remember this is a little different from the other jackets by LibertyJane, in that you only sew the neck opening, the other follows much later, that is the bottom) Made big boo boo, tried to sew like boomer jacket! Well after much studying the pictures the light bulb finally came on!!!!!!Whew. Ripped out very carefully and proceeded. Decided not to use placket as it really wasn't necessary. So cute! Now on to make more!
The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. This little jacket was a joy to make.
I have created the Aviator jacket of pleather and cotton fabrics and it makes up beautifully. Choice of fabric means everything when sewing this pattern. It can really be a show-stopping fashion statement for your doll. Coordinating/contrasting linings also make the jacket unique. I will definitely use this pattern again. I want to try satin and see how that fabric choice turns out.
Pattern fits very well over long-sleeved shirts! Made one of a quilted knit, and another of cotton poplin. I did add pockets similar to the ones on the bomber jacket. I would suggest finishing the placket AFTER the zipper is first sewn in, so you can make the length of the placket exact. I also shortened my metal zipper by cutting off the metal teeth with a jewelry wire cutter and then replacing the zipper stops at the top. (You can re-use the same stops if you carefully pry them open...safer than just folding the zipper back...I have had the pull come off at the top in the past.) The only problem I had was in trying to use the Pixie Pack Ribbing that matched the zipper and fabric color. It is much too light weight and flimsy. After sewing the ribbing on, I ended up having to cut new ribbing pieces and then interlining them with 5/8" fold-over elastic for much better recovery after stretching. Love the look!