Pattern Description: An A-line jacket with puffed sleeve-edge panels, peter pan collar and three large fabric covered buttons.
Pattern Sizing: 110-146cm. I made the biggest size for my friend's eleven year old daughter.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. There are some beautiful pictures of the jacket in the magazine and my finished jacket looked very similar. Unfortunately, I didn't have the cute little girls to model my finished item. jacket on dress form
Were the instructions easy to follow? Most of the time.... The instructions are very full - especially for Ottobre - and I like the way the instructions written with separate steps clearly identified under separate subheadings. However, I was not sure how much wool fleece I was meant to "stitch pieces of wool fleece to armhole seam allowances on sleeve caps in order to give shape to sleeve caps" and ended up searching through a pile of books for an answer. I think they turned out OK but I'm still not sure I did it correctly! And I wasn't entirely sure what wool fleece was: I used wool batting.
The instructions for attaching the elastic to the sleeves were also a little confusing (and on first reading I was uncertain how they would look) but by following each step they turned out looking like the photos
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the styling of this jacket and, although the pattern dates back to 2007, I think it still works in 2013. The little puffed sleeves are a big feature of what could otherwise be a plain A-line jacket. puffed sleeves
There is also some wool fleece in the collar that gives the collar a bit of volume and makes it look cosy and luxurious. collar
There isn't anything I dislike about this pattern. I realise space constraints mean that Ottobre can't write wordy instructions and add multiple pictures to their magazine but perhaps they could put something on their website to help clarify difficult or confusing steps.
Fabric Used: I used a cotton velveteen. The lining is a Bemberg fabric
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only alteration I made was to use fabric covered Prym snaps rather than sew buttonholes. The buttons are merely decorative. covered snaps front edge with snaps
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely. I made a smaller version of this jacket when this magazine first came out and I always intended to make another. I love this pattern!
Conclusion: A cute jacket with special features that elevate it from just another simple A-line jacket.