Pattern catalogs offer all kinds of jackets you can make, from casual fleece jackets to hooded windbreakers to suit and dress jackets. Jacket patterns come in lots of lengths, from cropped above the waist to hip length or longer. Jackets can have collars, cuffs and belts, or be plain and simple. In general, loose-fitting jackets with few pieces are easier to sew than fitted jackets with many pieces. How the jacket looks depends on the pattern and the fabric you choose. Polar fleece is wonderful for soft, warm jackets, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Wool works well for suit jackets, and you may want to use a more waterproof fabric, such as nylon, for windbreakers and jackets with hoods. Evening jackets can be made from satin, or the same fabric as your dress.