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|McCall's: 5538 - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Ripstop [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Recycled Spinnaker-cloth Windbreaker: Misses/Mens pullover unlined jacket with curved front yoke, zipper from yoke to top of stand-up collar, long two-piece sleeves, and possibilities for color blocking.|
Pattern Sizing: S-M-L and XL-XXL-XXXL. I made the Small with adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for difference in fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were OK. I made changes in construction for durability.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like: the color blocking, yoke & collar shape, and big pockets. Dislike: excessively large sleeves and amount of ease in sleeve cap.
Fabric Used: Ripstop nylon, recycled from a 30-year old torn orange and blue striped spinnaker that we had on our 505 racing dinghy. This had been growing old in our basement because we couldn't bear to throw it out. The plan is to make a windbreaker for myself and one for my husband to wear on our current sailboat as a reminder of old times.
I cut the back to include two of the racing numbers from the spinnaker, and used the binding tape from the sail to trim the sleeve hems: red for left (port), green for right (starboard).
Yoke and collar detail
[Why does my camera think it is 2014?]
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the sleeves 2 inches and should have reduced them even more. Also made a 1" petite alteration in the body length and tapered from a Small to Medium at the hip for extra ease.
To give better support to the collar, I drafted a back facing. The facings were all stabilized with a very lightweight non-woven sew-in interfacing. I used hem tape to reinforce the shoulder seams, zipper seam allowances, and in back of the Velcro area on the right sleeve, at the top of the pocket placement.
All of the seams were top-stitched, for durability and to control fraying. Instead of hand sewing the collar and yoke facing to the zipper, I machine-stitched it to the zipper tape right sides together before turning and top-stitching through all layers. I stitched the collar facing in the ditch at the neckline seam and then stitched the facings along their lower edges to the yoke and back, using a zig-zag stitch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, the captain's is up next!
Conclusion: This basic jacket pattern works as a lightweight windbreaker in addition to its illustration in fleece. The sleeve drafting needs some work.
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