|Pattern Description: |
Double breasted fitted jacket with capelet, flat Peter Pan collar, back darts and one piece sleeve. Jacket is fully lined. Can be made as a sleeveless version.
My measurements were putting me in-between sizes M and L, I chose for size M based on the finished garment measurements, and it turned out perfect. Anecdote: when I first fell in love with this pattern, my measurements at the time would have been something like an XXXL. That would have meant a lot of adjustments, and a final product looking awkward. I remember looking at the body measurements of the biggest size, L, and thinking there's just no way I'd ever be that small. Ahem. I had to pinch myself when I was cutting the size M, just to make sure I wasn't dreaming it all...
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so.
Close-up of front collar, buttons
Were the instructions easy to follow?
In general, yes. Maybe it's a regional language thing (the pattern company is from New-Zealand) but some words and expressions were just ever-so-slightly different than what I'm used to, and I had to scratch my head a couple of times. Otherwise, the instructions are succint but clear, and illustrations were helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The packaging is cute as can be! The pattern comes in a kind of box/envelope with a removable card with finished garment picture and measurements instructions. Handy to carry around when shopping for fabric and notions. The pattern pieces are printed on a nice and sturdy brown paper, and you can cut the instructions out to keep them as a booklet. Really neat!
I love the capelet, that's the reason why I fell in love with this design in the first place. I love the soft rounded hem on the back, the addition of a facing makes it hold its shape neatly.
Back with hem facing
My only dislike is something that I didn't even notice until I was finished sewing the jacket: it doesn't have pockets. If I ever sew this jacket again, I'll find a way to add pockets somehow. I need pockets!
I used a wool/lycra blend for the main jacket, some mystery woven for the capelet lining, and a quilted poly lining for a bit of extra warmth.
Contrasting fabric under capelet
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't change anything. Maybe I'll make the sleeves a tad shorter next time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's a distinctive design and not the kind you want 3x in your wardrobe, but I hope I can make a spring/summer version in a few months.
This was my first sewing project since having gastric bypass surgery and losing a large amount of weight - I was a bit rusty, and it was quite a challenge, but I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's a cute jacket with a great design, and it comes together easier than you might think. The pattern company describes it as being at 'Expert' level, but an intermediate/advanced sewist who likes a challenge would enjoy making this jacket. There are a lot of pieces to cut and assemble, but all in all, it's not a very difficult pattern to sew.