|Pattern Description: "Loose fitting, unlined jacket has self-lined yoke, collar and front buttonhole and button closures; jacket A has short sleeves with stitched hem; jackets B, C, D have patch pockets; jacket B has below elbow sleeve with ruffle; jacket C has long sleeves and purchased flowers; jacket D has long sleeves with buttoned tab." |
I made View C.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 3 - 14. I made an 8 for my 9yr old DD#1, but cut the length for the size 9.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the jacket. Unfortunately, after all the time I spent embellishing it with the consensus of DD#1, she isn't so keen on it as it is a bit "big" in the front; ie. it is a bit "puffy" and not so fitted.
Fabric Used: A regular weave non-stretch cotton denim & a contrast "hearts" quilting cotton, both from Giroux's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I added a contrast fabric for the inside yoke, undercollar, & buttons.
- I added flat biais piping with the contrast fabric to many horizontal seams & the pocket edges.
- I added a band to the bottom of the sleeve, with contrast piping
- I added a fair amount of topstitching, I love it on denim.
- I added a hanging loop (always useful).
- I wanted to try hong kong seam finishes, since the garment is small, it was a good exercise. I'm happy with the result.
- I spent approx. 5hrs doing all the embellishments: embroidery, some simple beading, appliques. For the appliques, I cut out the heart shapes, interfaced them with some liteweight fusible, machine-stitched around the edges, then hand-sewed them to the garment using embroidery floss, along the machine-stitched line.
Inside yoke detail
Hong kong finish
Back yoke & collar detail
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, I like the sleeves on view B, I'll try it for DD#2 next spring.
Conclusion: This is a nice jacket. I'll find a way of convincing her to wear it in the spring.