Look at that sexy side-eye this guy is giving! I want the pattern for the expression on his face alone. Sadly, Butterick 2656 was going for $18 not including shipping (and still is) which is pretty steep for this cheapskate. Then I remembered that box of vintage patterns that I picked up off of Craig's List years ago, and how I shoved the children's and men's patterns aside as being totally uninteresting at the time. After rooting around a little I found them, and low and behold...
Simplicity 7744 - you are not as sexy as Butterick 2656. I don't know why, since your style lines are almost exactly the same, minus the elastic waist which makes 2656 somewhat questionable. Maybe it's because there is a little boy in the illustration. Thankfully, I know how to see past cover art. Josh does not, and even looking at the style lines he was dubious. Then I compared it to his existing Woolrich jacket (the one I am trying to replace) and discovered that it is almost the EXACT SAME, right down to the snaps at the hips.
|Headless shot because it's Sunday, and we don't comb our hair or really try to to look presentable at all on Sundays.|
The only differences I can see are that the original jacket has a regular collar and set-in sleeves, while Simplicity 7744 has a stand up collar and raglan sleeves. Oh, and S7744 has one-piece sleeves, while Josh's jacket has two-piece, but that's easy enough to change. So I painstakingly traced all the pattern pieces (to preserve the old pattern) and then whipped up a muslin.
So I'm feeling pretty lucky! This might actually be a fairly simple project. Except that I plan to complicate it by underlining it with old cut up sweaters... the ladies at Sewing.PatternReview said I could!
Anyone want this pattern when I'm done with it?