|Pattern Description: |
Fitted, unlined, below hip jacket has shoulder pads, princess seams, no side seams, collar, long sleeves, and button front closing.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No, but I made a million changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a Very Easy Vogue and it lives up to its name.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the princess seams are far away from the center front so that you can easily add inseam pockets.
This is a fairly thin cotton velveteen in a smokey purple. It was my first time using cotton velveteen. I was surprised that it wasn’t too hard. The difficulty level was closer to cotton velour (pretty easy) than rayon velvet (hell on earth.)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made many, many changes. The most important was that I drafted a shawl collar using the instructions by Fred Bloebaum (may she rest in peace) from in the December/January 2004 Threads. Although the final results are hardly perfect, I was surprised how straightforward the process was.
In addition, I made the pattern shorter, eliminated the shoulder pads, widened the back, made a flat back adjustment, and added inseam pockets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern is now out of print, but I am planning to make it again with yet another kind of collar.
I love shawl collars, side-seam pockets, and cozy fabrics, so this jacket should get a lot of use. Since I am working on a jacket wardrobe that I can wash and wear, I left out the shoulder pads and the interfacing. Time will tell if it actually stands up to the washing machine.