Weekend jacket features a wide collar, raglan sleeves and a flattering elastic waistline. Jacket is fully lined. Interior patch pockets have optional velcro closures. View A has a hidden hood inside the collar.
I've already made View A before so I chose to make View A again. My family have tried my first version for size. Do you think they might be hinting to me?
Be prepared for the cutting and sewing steps to make this jacket. There are separate pieces for the jacket and the lining and this will take you time to cut out.
The topstitching is a must so buy more than 1 reel of thread for your jacket. Buy 3 and have two bobbins ready to use!
If you're a perfectionist, get your notions before you start or else you'll drag this jacket out longer than you need.
I have a short attention span so I get my notions together before I start so I can give myself less stress while I'm working my way through this pattern. Or any pattern for that matter.
Sizes 0 - 16. I made the 8 View A, eventhough I'm a 6. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it does. Here's the full write up with more pictures. Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy to follow but the best place to get step by step instructions is on the sewaholic website.
The pattern instructions don't show you the best way of finishing the hem. There's a fair bit of bulk at the bottom of the zip that needs carefully work. The sewaholic website does help you through this better than the paper instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a great jacket style. I love it. My family love it and want one too.
The raglan sleeve has a line running down the front that you can't see when it's long and has the elastic casing at the wrist so don't worry about it. Here are the pattern changes I made.
If you choose to not use the elastic wrist casing, then you need to adjust the raglan sleeve.
I love the clean style and this is a good weekend style, or wet weather jacket. I like how the elastic casing at the waist sits nicely on my sway back.
There's nothing to dislike about this pattern. Truly.
PUL fabric for the outer fabric ordered from Gree Beans Australia website. This fabric is marketing for home made nappies.
The lining is a polyester chiffon. I used chiffon for my first Minoru and it's been a fabulous discovery. It moves nicely and is so comfortable. I recommend poly chiffon for this type of jacket.
Working with PUL fabric
This fabric has a knit basis with a 'rubber' side that makes it showerproof.
Treat PUL like a double knit when you sew with it.
It's fairly stable but don't pull it to much if you want to avoid pull marks.
No finishing is needed but do topstitch if you like this detail. I've topstitched on my jacket.
If you top stitch, drop the feed dog on your sewing machine slightly so you can control the fabric.
Wonder clips work to hold the fabric but they temporarily mark the PUL side.
Sticky tape can be used instead of pins in some areas.
Use pins in the seam allowance.
Only iron the knit side with an ironing cloth. Remember the runner side will melt if you use an iron on this side.
Be aware this fabric does wrinkle.
This fabric does not 'breathe' so make a loose jacket if 'heat' is an issue you have to deal with on a daily basis.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
From the muslin version
1. Adjusted the raglan sleeve to remove the line at the front.
2. Added 1cm to the length of the chest. This was added on the front, back and sleeve pieces.
3. Shortened the length to suit my height. (he he).
4. Replaced the velcro on the inside pockets with zippers. That was my personal preference.
5. Added welt pockets at the front with a hidden zipper. You need at least 6"/15cm zip to do this. I've copied the pocket bag from another pattern.
6. Added self-made binding on the inside placket, around the inside pockets.
7. Added shiny bias tape to the jacket hood edge.
8. Sewed the hood to the base of the collar zipper, instead of the to base of the collar piece.
I have sewn 6 zippers in this jacket. 5 were sewn in before the main construction started. I put zips on the internal pockets and zips on the external welt pockets.
Get a front zipper that doesn't catch on your clothes. Plastic zip teeth that aren't sharp work the best for me.
This time I found my zips locally as I'd made the decision that my linings and zips would be purple and didn't stress about matching the colour of the jacket fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. The family have versions of this jacket dancing in their heads too.
I truly love this jacket. It feels like a hug because the hood tucked in the collar makes it stand up. It's very snuggly. Conclusion:
The family are putting in their orders!