Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined princess-seamed jacket has shaped, faced hem, 2-piece sleeves w/buttoned vents, shoulder pads and front button closure.
Pattern Sizing: A(6 8 10) I made size 10. I think the pattern runs a little big. I would normally make a 12 when I plan to wear layers underneath but this size 10 jacket is plenty roomy.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it does.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy considering the jacket has 16 pieces and 4 lining pieces.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What initially drew me to this pattern...I bought it as soon as it came out...was the back detail. I love the look of topstitching and there is plenty. I also liked how it looked in suede. I think the pattern is very well drafted...all the pieces fit together perfectly. I love the collar and the darts in front, as well as the shaped hemline. There is really nothing I disliked about this pattern.
Fabric Used: After I had purchased the pattern I was on the lookout for the perfect suede and found it a couple years ago at the now-closed fabric store in my town. I call the color mushroom...sometimes it looks more brown, sometimes more gray and sometimes it seems to have a greenish tint. LOL It looks more gray in the pics but IRL it's more brownish. I think the nap of the suede greys it out a bit.
The buttons I found at Joann's. The lining is Bemberg Ambience which I always use and have on hand in many colors.
I used a size 14 leather needle. I changed the needle halfway through the project. I was concerned how my machine was going to handle seams with sometimes 4 layers of suede but it never wavered. I heart Babylock!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I topstitched both sides of every seam in this jacket...darts were topstitched on one side only. I liked it as a design element as well as necessary to make the seams lay flat.
The hems on the sleeves were done with Steam-A-Seam although I did not use steam. I probably could have glued them with a glue stick.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm sure I won't sew this again. It was a project doing it in the suede and although I love how it turned out I don't need another of the same style.
I would definately recommend this jacket pattern. I want to make the little top too.
Conclusion: I wore this today and I am so pleased with it! I've had this pattern and suede for a long time, planning to make it and it's great to finally have it finished and hanging in my closet.
Enjoy the pics...I've included quite a few so you can see the details.