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Pattern Reviews> Folkwear> 124 (Bolivian Milkmaid Jacket)

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Posted on:11/5/02 2:38 AM
Last Updated:11/6/02 3:01 AM
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Melinda Hull said... (11/20/02 12:34 PM) Reply
Thanks Margaret for the comments. I have cut out most of the body and have put the back together. Since the duppion is really quite lightweight, I decided to interface the entire jacket with the expection of the sleeves. Hopefully by this weekend I will start tackling the sleeves which as you noted are HUGE when laid out. Perhaps if I am successful I will post my own review, but given that it is my first run through with this pattern, I would say it is only a 50/50 chance. Thanks again!!
Margaret said... (11/19/02 0:02 AM) Reply
I've always followed their sizes, and they generally seem OK (not too big). RTW size probably would be much too small. I am talking about the older patterns, though (which includes this one). The newer ones may be different. In particular, the Greek Island Dress/ Afternoon Tea dress look like they could be big. GBACG has a couple of reviews of newer things. I think the duppion would be fine. One thing I forgot to mention is that the pattern does not tell you to use any interfacing (common for FW patterns). I cut some for the front/neck edges of the jacket (shaped the same way one would draw up a facing pattern) and for the cuffs and pocket flaps, and I think it helped. My fabric wasn't particularly stiff.
Melinda Hull said... (11/16/02 9:10 AM) Reply
Well as a result of reading this pattern review, I ordered four Folkwear patterns. Before I embark on cutting out my first attempt at this pattern, I thought I would ask a couple of questions. First, should I follow their sizes or RTW size?? I prefer to have things, particularly on top pretty fitted because I am short. Also I am thinking about using duppion with a charmeuse lining. Most of the materials that everyone has used seems to be heavier. I want to make one in velvet, but I have never worked in velvet. I do have all my settings working smoothly with duppion and feel comfortable working with it so I thought I would start with that. Any advice or comments would be greatly welcomed!!!
said... (11/8/02 7:21 PM) Reply
Margaret, one of the influences for the jacket I made with clasps is the "Delirium Jacket" offered at I found it one night when I was following endless links from sewing sites just to see where they'd lead. Using the Folkwear pattern (keeping the sleeves as is) I made a V-neck and lengthened the peplum. I used five clasps, covering the same distance as the gypsymoon picture. Mine overlaps slightly in the front so it isn't necessary to wear a blouse or camisole under it. It attracts a lot of attention whenever I wear it! P.S. I am way shorter and wider than the illustration!
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said... (11/8/02 2:39 AM) Reply
Thanks for all the nice comments! Karen Easter, your versions sound really pretty. I've wanted to make something with metal clasps but couldn't think of a pattern to use...
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said... (11/6/02 1:19 PM) Reply
Margaret, that is really stunning! I am very impressed by the detail on the sleeve.
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said... (11/6/02 11:28 AM) Reply
Margaret, I'm so glad you were able to post pictures! It's gorgeous! Karen Bowers, I'm trying to figure out how to put photos on the web... technology of that sort isn't one of my stronger suits! : )
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said... (11/6/02 11:07 AM) Reply
Wow! Now I want this one too! Beautiful jacket, Margaret.
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said... (11/6/02 10:28 AM) Reply
Margaret I never realised Folkwear has such pretty patterns. All your garments are lovely. Thanks for sharing.
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said... (11/6/02 3:17 AM) Reply
Karen Easter, could you share pictures of your work with us? please? very nice to see the pattern worked up. i have it in my stash, but haven't touched it yet.
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said... (11/5/02 8:16 PM) Reply
I love this pattern, and am currently making my third. Margaret, it's nice to know that there are other Folkwear enthusiasts out there! Your jacket sounds wonderfu. I actually do consider it a "wardrobe builder", but that's just the sort of person I am, I guess! I have one in black velvet with silver clasps for dress up, eggplant stretch velvet with more ordinary buttons to match a wool skirt (Folkwear walking skirt) which I wear to business meetings,and currently working on a black matte jersey version. I lengthened the peplum quite a lot to get a line that I liked, and have played with the necklines. In knits, the voluminous sleeves don't look huge, just graceful and interesting.
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said... (11/5/02 7:38 PM) Reply
It is a little snug. A thin, not too full blouse would fit under it. I would not recommend bell sleeves or big cuffs because the jacket cuffs are pretty close-fitting.
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said... (11/5/02 11:50 AM) Reply
Margaret - many thanks for reviewing this pattern; I've always wondered about it because I think it's really interesting. One question: how snug is the fit? I can't tell if one could fit a blouse under it.
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