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|StyleArc: Coco Jacket (Coco Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket|
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|Posted on:||10/30/13 10:53 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Boucle [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Fully lined semi fitted jacket in the Chanel style. Features fray trimmed hems. StyleArc also provides a sample of the type of fabric one can use for the shell and the lining.|
Pattern Sizing: StyleArc patterns are not multisized. Sizes available are 6 to 30, but you get only one size in an envelope. I made a size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, yes. This pattern comes with written step by step instructions, and includes detailed illustrations on attaching the lining. I couldn't understand StyleArc's method for attaching the lining so I followed my own method. There is some unfamiliar jargon in the instructions, but StyleArc has a glossary of terms used on their website.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I found that this pattern fits very well. I did not have to make any adjustments. Although, the next time I make this pattern, I plan to play around with fitting the back bodice some more with princess seams. The yokes are well drafted. I have made the classic French jacket with Susan Khalje before this, and while that process is labor intensive (albeit thoroughly enjoyable) this jacket in comparison is a quick sew. I spent a couple of weeks to construct it (about 2 hours a day), but I went slow since I did not follow StyleArc's instructions exactly, and did my own thing with the lining and sleeves.
Fabric Used: A black and white cotton Chanel boucle for the shell. Solid black Italian linen for the trim. The lining is solid black silk crepe de chine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1-I serged all the shell pieces before assembling the jacket. This really helped keep the boucle in check.
2-I omitted the buttons on the front opening and the cuffs because I liked the simplistic look of the solid black outline for the jacket. I also omitted the frayed trim.
3-I also sewed on a chain to the inside of the jacket so that it hangs closer to the body. It does add a bit of luxury to the jacket.
4-The sleeves are hand sewed in. I also used “cigarette” to shape the sleeve heads.
5-The trim pieces are interfaced with a medium-weight fusible interfacing to give the linen added stability.
6-This is what I did different for attaching the lining. Accomplished in two stages:
a.The shell: I first attached the trim to each of the center fronts. Then I constructed the bottom trim by attaching both front bottom trims to the back trim piece. I had to make sure that the seaming of the bottom trim pieces matched the seaming of the shell before attaching the bottom trim to the body. Lastly I attached the neck trim pieces to the body.
b.The lining: The body of the lining was sewn according to the instructions provided. Then I attached the inner trim pieces to the lining just like I did with the shell, and I left an opening where the lining and the bottom back trim meet. I then lined up the lining and the shell RST and sewed up the edges in one fell swoop. The jacket was then turned right side out through the opening which was fell-stitched shut in the end. Make sure you clip and grade the seam allowance as needed before turning the jacket right side out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! It took me a bit longer because I mixed it up with some hand sewing, but end result was worth it.
Conclusion: I highly recommend the pattern. Although this is my first review on patternreview.com, I have made many a StyleArc patterns and I find them to be well drafted just as long as you are comfortable with the minimal sewing instructions.
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