• October 12, 2023

The Versatility of Varsity Jackets

How to Design Your Own Varsity Jacket

Originally trophy items that were awarded to athletes, this iconic piece of clothing has since gone beyond the world of sports and into high fashion. Brands like Ralph Lauren and streetwear giants Stussy have reinterpreted this jacket.

Typical embellishments include the student’s first name, last name, graduation year and symbols representing their achievements.

Choose Your Colors

A varsity jacket is the epitome of style and sophistication. This timeless classic was first awarded to students who excelled in sports, but has since become a fashion staple that transcends fleeting trends.

The most popular design of a varsity jacket features contrasting colors for the body and sleeves. For a more unique look, experiment with different color combinations that resonate with your personal style. You can also add a monogram or embroidered symbol for a more personal touch.

After completing the embroidery and patches, it’s time to sew the jacket together. Be sure to use a serger or zigzag stitch, as this will ensure that the fabric does not unravel during washing. Once the sewing is done, wash the jacket inside out to protect the embroidered or patched surface from friction and abrasion. Remember to use a cold water setting and to wash with other dark-colored items, as this will minimize the risk of color bleeding and fading.

Select Your Patterns

The classic varsity jacket is a timeless piece that will never go out of style. It’s a great way to show your school spirit, and it looks great when paired with a pair of jeans or a simple t-shirt. It’s also a good choice for any extracurricular activities you participate in, such as music, sports, or a club. You can even include a symbol above the pockets, like a mascot or a musical instrument patch.

The first step is to draft the pattern for your jacket body and sleeves, as well as the collar, cuffs, and waistband. Once the pattern is complete, cut the pieces out of your selected fabrics and sew them together. You’ll also need to add snaps or buttons for the front closure and, if you want, additional embellishments such as chenille letters and embroidered patches. After the sewing is completed, add the ribbed knit base and trim to your jacket body and sleeves.

Add Your Name

Traditionally, your name would be embroidered across from the second snap on the jacket front. The first snap holds an academic letter if your jacket already has one and is also where extracurricular pins can go, such as music, sports or other programs you participate in that earn you a patch.

We offer a wide selection of twill, felt and embroidery patches to choose from that can be applied in up to four locations on the jacket. These include a range of different flags, badges, mascots and athletic patches that represent your school’s sporting achievements.

We can also add a number patch to your jacket that represents your expected date of graduation or your player jersey number and a custom patch representing any other extracurricular activities you take part in. Adding these will make your personalized high school jacket truly unique and stand out from the crowd. For more information, please contact us or get a quote now.

Personalize Your Jacket

The varsity jacket is a classic, timeless fashion piece that embodies an all-cool attitude and always-young spirit. While it was originally a trophy item awarded to the winners of varsity competitions, today you don’t have to be a jock to get your hands on one. In fact, many extracurricular activities can earn you a letter (traditional sports aside). It’s possible for students who excel in marching bands, drama clubs or robotics to achieve a varsity jacket.

Regardless of their sporty origin, the jacket has earned the right to become part of the streetwear culture thanks to tastemakers like Virgil Abloh. Brands such as Opening Ceremony, Stadium Goods and a host of others have refreshed the style so it can fit seamlessly into the fashion conversation.

Coastal Reign offers a wide range of varsity jackets that can be personalized to your team’s specifications. Choose from a wide selection of colors, fabrics and sizes to find the perfect jacket for your group.

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  • October 12, 2023

Functional and Stylish Jacket Sewing Patterns for Every Occasion.

Jacket Sewing Patterns – Style and Function in One

When it comes to jacket sewing patterns, function takes precedence over form – so thick fabrics and practical features are the norm. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish too!

Discover our range of stunning jacket-dresses in a variety of styles. Take the workwear-inspired Wrap jacket, for example. It’s fitted with front pockets and a fabric tie for added security.


The Pilvi coat dress is a fitted and flattering dress sewing pattern that is designed to look like a coat with long sleeves, double breasted button closure and notch lapels. It has a belt at the waist and handy patch pockets sewn in the front seams. The dress is made for knit fabric and can be worn over a tank top or shirt.

This is one of the five basic garment patterns in Lotta’s Everyday Style book. The other pattern we love in this book is the Esme tunic. Both the Pilvi coat and the Esme tunic are modeled in the book by women over 50, which we really appreciate!

The Pilvi is easy to make, but it’s important to trace/cut all the pieces before you start sewing. When you cut the sleeve and back neck facing, don’t forget that they attach to the front jacket piece at the edge where it folds back. If you skip this step, the sleeve and neck facing will be 2 inches shorter and won’t line up with the front pieces.

Wrap jacket

The Wrap jacket is a simple, versatile pattern that can be sewn in woven or jersey fabric. The pattern includes separate front pattern pieces for woven or knit fabric options and two collar styles. It’s an easy sew that will look dressy in a brocade and casual in denim, depending on your choice of fabrics. It’s also great for beginners because it requires no hand sewing and no pattern marking.

It’s designed to be a comfy and cozy layer in the office or at home, with raglan sleeves and clean lines for a mix of comfort and put-togetherness. The pattern is available in sizes XS to XL adults, and includes a fully-lined, oversized wrap belt. It’s a climate-positive garment, made in Spain from fabrics sourced from European regenerative agriculture farms and fully circular.

This paper sewing pattern from The Assembly Line is slightly oversized, with a crossover front that features matching fabric ties and large front pockets. It’s a versatile pattern that can be styled with jeans or our Almost Long trousers. It’s recommended for medium to heavy weight fabrics such as denim, cotton twill, and lightweight canvas. Sizing is based on chest measurement. The pattern is carefully packaged in an envelope and includes step-by-step sewing instructions.

Ray Darten jacket-dresses

Ray Darten’s beautiful African print jacket-dresses are the perfect combination of style and versatility. Each outfit can be worn three different ways – as a dress, a skirt, or a tunic – giving you the freedom to create countless looks for any occasion. Made with the highest-quality materials, these stunning jacket-dresses are comfortable, breathable, and durable, making them the ultimate choice for any wardrobe. Choose the Fikayo African Print Maxi Jacket-Dress for a formal event, or the Purple and White Africa Print Jacket-Dress for a casual brunch with friends. The beautiful patterns and bold colors in these outfits will make you feel confident and beautiful, no matter how you wear it.

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