The Caramel Bog Jacket has been one of my more intriguing designs. It was inspired by a class I had taken in 2006 at the CGOA Conference. Nancy Nehring had taught a design class called Just Rectangles that featured modular designs and how to combine squares and rectangles to make clothing. This was right up my alley! I love modular designs and decided to try my hand at the bog jacket. If you look up bog jacket on the web, you’ll find many historical references to this garment.
In years past, fabric was dear and hard-won. Each piece of cloth had to be woven or knitted by hand. The cheapest and easiest way to make a coat was to make a square piece of fabric and simply fold it and sew it in strategic places. There was no extra time or money to make fitted sleeves or to do fancy shaping. In the photo below you will see a paper example of how the bog jacket is folded. This will help you when you assemble your completed project.
The bog jacket pattern I made in 2007 is on Scribd. At the time, I was having a problem converting all my patterns from my old website to my blog. The bog jacket pattern would not format properly to be included on WordPress so I placed it on Scribd. Unfortunately, over the years Scribd has changed their policy and no longer allows downloads unless you contribute something yourself. So this week I got busy and re-wrote the pattern for pdf. The new link for the Caramel Bog Jacket is below.