Jacket with princess seams and a stand up collar click here Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, other than the slight changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow?I really didn't use them since I was lining and underlining the jacket.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the style. No dislikes.
Fabric Used:Silk brocade by Carolina Herrara from Mood Fabrics; silk organza for the underlining; silk crepe de chine for the lining. The frog closure was from M and J Trims.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I shortened the sleeve and added a cuff. click here
I also added a flannel sleeve head to keep the sleeve from collapsing. I love the way that just this little bit of flannel rounds out the sleevehead. When prickstitching the understitching on the collar, I used silk buttonhole twist, doubled so that you could see it a little bit better. The thickness of this thread gives the effect of little french knots. No one will see it -- but I know it's there!click here
I spent what seemed like forever deciding on the length. I guess it is a matter of preference and what you see yourself wearing this with. Since I knew it would probably be pants most of the time, I went with a 3/4 length -- it hits where my hand cups if I'm holding my arms down by my sides.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Can't see needing another coat like this but I do recommend the pattern.
Conclusion: Nice, well-drafted pattern. I can see this being a pretty fast project, unless you underline and line it. Those couture techniques add a lot of time -- but I find the process relaxing