I drafted this pattern in desperation. Our office is freezing and I just wanted something WARM and COMFORTABLE. I’ve had my eye on a biker jacket for ages (have a look at my lust collection on Pinterest) but they’re not really snuggly enough for my liking when it’s really cold. So this hybrid of a cardi and jacket fills the niche for me.
Please note: the Biker Jacket Cardi is no longer available as a free PDF download – you can now buy it as a multisize paper pattern. Sorry for any disappointment, but there are lots of other free patterns so please have a browse.
I have used a thick weave black cotton fabric here. And the edging is a really unusual wooly glitter knitted “ribbon”. As it has a bit of stretch to it, it works just like a bias binding and goes round all the corners easily. The contrasting edging gives it a bit of a Chanel couture look I think.
My second version is made in a loose weave yellow wool. The contrasting lining gives it a much more jacket-like look than than cardi look. The edging on this one is a standard khaki coloured bias binding. This jacket is so easy to make and I love how different it looks open or closed (or even half open). I used some really big feature poppers here to add to the biker look.
This jacket here is a very slight adaptation of the original Biker Jacket Cardi pattern. For anyone who wants to have this more traditional “biker lapel”, you just square off the rounded corners of the front panels – have a look at the diagram at the bottom to see how to do it. This pattern hacked version is lined in a fabulous faux shearling with matching trimmed cuffs and the body made in a grey-on-grey dogtooth wool.
And finally, for my most recent version I chose this beautiful brown velvet. It transforms it into more of an evening jacket. The inside is lined with a fabulous faux snakeskin which reveals itself on the lapels as the jacket falls open.