Summer Sun Jacket


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We moved! Our new place is in Harlem, which means I can walk to work. This is wonderful, but as the season moves towards summer and the sun gets brighter, the half hour walk home turns me a bit pink. I’ve started reapplying sunscreen before I leave work, but I prefer to just cover up with wide brimmed hats. Unfortunately, a lot of my dresses don’t have sleeves and I need something to cover my shoulders. So I made this very lightweight summer sun jacket.



I’ve seen similar lightweight outer garments referred to as kimonos, but this really isn’t shaped like a kimono. It’s a trapazoid, with triangular sleeves that come to a point at the wrists. It is a simple thing to make, with two straight seams and a bit of finishing. I added pleats and little shell shirt buttons at the point of the sleeves, but without that decoration it would have taken about 15 minutes to sew. If you need something to cover your shoulders and have a nice airy piece of fabric, I highly recommend making one. To do so, you will need 2/3 of a yard (24″) of 60″ wide fabric.

  1. Finish all edges by folding over 1/4″, ironing flat, folding the edge again, ironing, and sewing down (as you would for a hem).
  2. Put the fabric on a flat surface, right side up, and fold a triangle at each side, so both short edges of the fabric lie along one of the long edges.
  3. Beginning 8″ from the point, sew the edges together on each side.
  4. (optional) Gather or pleat the outer two inches of arm seam on each side.



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11 Responses to Summer Sun Jacket

  1. Eileen says:

    Love the match with the dress. Nice combo of different patterns. I just purchased the same fabric from Craftsy. Not sure what to make yet. I also love the dress. Did you make that? Love the combo of the different stripes.

    • Naomi says:

      It’s great fabric! I’m sure anything you make out of it will be lovely. I had this left over from making my mom a skirt, and it’s wonderful for that too – light and twirly.

  2. Alex says:

    Such a splendid idea — I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else!

    Your sewing is wonderful and I’m glad to see you benefiting from what once was just a hobby.

    Keep Sewing!


  3. Georgina says:

    Love this! So simple but makes a statement! Will have to try this one. Would a cotton or jersey be right for it?

  4. Charlene says:

    I have 1 yard pieces of several fabrics that are 45″ width. Is there a way to use them to make this? I love the style.

    • Naomi says:

      Yes, it will have a seam down the middle and be slightly smaller, but it should work well. Cut your fabric in half width-wise so you have two 22.5″x36″ pieces. Sew them together along a short edge. Now you have a 22.5″x72″ rectangle. Trim 7″ off each side to make a 22.5″x58″ piece (if you use 60″ like in my original instructions you’ll end up with a very wide neck opening, due to the slightly shorter length). From here you can follow the instructions in the post above.

  5. Becky says:

    Great look! I’m excited to try make many. Do you have a pattern for the dress? I am looking for this type of dress pattern; it’s what brought me to this post :)

  6. Jane H. Lewis says:

    Loved this pattern. Just made one from a scraf I found on clearance at Walmart.

  7. Marge says:

    I wear size 18. Would this mean I would need more material than 2/3 yard?

    • Naomi says:

      You might want to make it wider. One way to do that would be by adding a seam in the center, in which case you’d want 1 1/3 yards of fabric (preferably 45″ wide, so there’s less waste), which you would cut into two 2/3 yard long pieces, join, and then cut down to size. I’m not sure how much wider you’d want it – the extra will be added to the neck opening.

      Alternatively, you could make a 60″x24″ piece of fabric a little wider by adding strips on either side. This would have the added advantages of finishing those edges and (depending on the fabric you use) adding some decoration.

      You might need to make other modifications to make it work – if you try, please let me know how it goes!

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