|Pattern Description: |
MISSES' JACKET AND VEST: Semi-fitted, unlined jacket or vest has raised neckline, seam detail and shaped hemline. A: front-button closing. A and B: two-piece sleeves. B and C: raw edge finish, seams stitched on right side of fabric, and front snap closing.
WARNING: The back hem is much higher than the front. If you don't like your butt on display, you should modify the pattern, or pick another! I modified by adding a couple inches to the back pieces, grading into the side seams.
I made 14 as usual, but leather doesn't drape... It hugs. So be prepared to muslin in a thick fabric and add extra length.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Kind of. The contrasting sleeve and metal closures are different, but the style lines are the same.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I cut a second set of pieces for the lining and just constructed it the same way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Dislike: no lining?! Too short in the back and the drafting was off in a couple of back pieces.
Like: perfect pattern for leather, with all the piecing. I still went through 4 skins, though! Unique seam lines and exactly the look I was after to combine the leather with a sweater knit sleeve.
Leather Deer skins (4) from my brother in law (avid hunter). He was saving the hides to have a jacket made for himself, but changed his mind. Lucky me! The sleeves are cut from a yard of sweater knit, and I used about 2 yards of lining fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
-Added a couple inches of length to the back
-Added a full lining
-Created my own toggle/chain closures.
-I used small squares of fusible interfacing to reinforce the corners where the stitching lines pivot.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, it's got great style lines and I'd like to make the vest version still. For less advanced sewers, take your time, sew slowly, and follow the instructions. Muslin for to perfect the size.
Conclusion: I love the finished product, it is a great jacket for the cooler temps. The combo of leather and sweater knit is on trend, and the metal closures give it a real light edgy feel.
Pics at my blog