|Pattern Description: |
Misses Jacket and Skirt: Loose-fitting, lined jacket A has yokes extended into three-quarter length sleeves, front princess seams, back pleats, bias collar and snap closures with button trim. Semi-fitted, tapered, above mid-knee skirt B has faced waistline, center back vent with pleat underlay and back zipper. Separate pattern pieces provided for A, B, C and D cup sizes.
Front Pattern Envelope
Back Pattern Envelope
Drawings of Pattern Pieces
Sizes 8 through 24.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yeah, I guess.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very good instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted something that would be quick and dirty, requiring minimal thought, and this fit the bill. All you do is make the jacket, make a lining exactly like it, sandwich the collar between the two layers, and stitch the lining and jacket right sides together, leaving an opening in the lining side seam so you can turn everything through.
I also liked that it came with separate pattern pieces for A, B, C and D cup sizes.
I HATE the jacket itself. How's THAT for blunt? :o)) They call it loose-fitting. It'd call it VERY loose fitting and EXCEEDINGLY irritating -- ha!
I used a red wool tricotine that I got from Fabric Mart Fabrics some time back. It's very lightweight, which I thought would be good for the pleating in the back.
Back of Jacket
For the lining, I used a silk charmeuse from Denver Fabrics. I've had it quite a while. I just checked, and they don't have it anymore. It's a dark taupe color, with the beige design printed on it.
For the interfacing used on the facings and on the undercollar, I used fusible Pro Weft, which you can find here:
Fusible Weft Interfacing
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Usually I shorten sleeves on Vogues (considerably). They make their sleeve length as long as the inseam on their pants. At any rate, these were three-quarter sleeves, but I thought, well, they may end up being not long and not 3/4 either, so I decided to shorten them about an inch and a quarter. I wouldn't have needed to and, were I to make it again, I wouldn't shorten the sleeves.
I made everything a size 22, with the exception of the side seams/sleeves. They were 24.
That's it. I liked the length of the jacket as is.
Oh, and, lest there be any doubt, yes, I used the D cup pattern pieces.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Several fellow PR-ers have made this jacket with great success. For me, though, I LOATHE everything about it: the FIT, or lack thereof; the FEEL, the LOOK, everything. When I tried to do up the collar like it's supposed to be, I couldn't even tell WHERE the jacket was supposed to be sitting, whether it was sitting too far BACK or too far FORWARD or WHAT. Finally I tried leaving the collar open more than is shown on the patten envelope, and at least that gave me a LITTLE bit better feel. Overall, though, it just feels very loose and sloppy, with no shape whatsoever, and that's even with me standing there like a statue trying to make it look good. :o) Maybe in a heavier fabric, it would feel better, but then I think the back pleating wouldn't hang right.
So ... I won't even put any closures on this one. Were I to make it again, I would make a smaller size all the way around, maybe a 20, I don't know. I won't be making it again, though.