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Posted on:2/21/05 8:22 PM
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SJ Kurtz said... (10/27/13 7:02 PM) Reply
I have this endless flirtation with this pattern, and I never make it up. Your comment on fabric choice (pattern vs designer original) is right on. Also disturbing is photo on pattern is a side view. This remains one of my "just bought it to read it" patterns. Thanks!
inkstain said... (1/23/08 3:21 AM) Reply
I too love the colour, and I've eyeballed this pattern for years, loving the elegance of the fabric and dramatic hemline. Funny, other posts are talking about too-low arm scythe on Vogue today, too. But this is an old pattern, relatively, speaking, a "classic" which should be pretty tried and tested by now! Thanks for a careful and useful review.
inkstain said... (1/23/08 3:21 AM) Reply
I too love the colour, and I've eyeballed this pattern for years, loving the elegance of the fabric and dramatic hemline. Funny, other posts are talking about too-low arm scythe on Vogue today, too. But this is an old pattern, relatively, speaking, a "classic" which should be pretty tried and tested by now! Thanks for a careful and useful review.
digs57 said... (12/1/07 2:20 PM) Reply
I like your result very much, even though it admittedly doesn't resemble the pattern photo as much as one would like. However, it's a beautiful jacket nevertheless. I also like the pattern photo - your review gives me an idea on how to re-draft the hems to make the result a better match to the photograph. I just got a lovely light cranberry wool and I think this jacket would make a great starting point for it. Thank you!
JaneH said... (7/10/07 12:39 PM) Reply
Aha, and I thought it was just me when trying to make those pockets!! Those instructions are weird. For a thin fabric, the stitching would show through. (I used a quilted light-weight knit - the fabric has body and drapes nicely.) So, I just attached the flaps and left the inside pockets off. Your jacket looks great!!
carnelian said... (5/29/05 5:09 PM) Reply
Your choice of color was wonderful! Once when I called the technical help line at Vogue about an obvious difference between the pattern and the photo, they confided to me that the model garment sent over to copy was not the same as the photograph provided. I was sorry to hear it, but it is a call to exercize some of our own judgement on designer patterns. It was a Calvin Klein.
mjrsew said... (2/23/05 6:17 PM) Reply
Kay, thank you for such a detailed review. I made the long version of this jacket for my daughter---6'1"---130 lbs. I lengthened the sleeves. She looks great in it and likes it. I used an ivory Matelassť---originally intended for a slipcover---I bought it at Britex a few years ago. It has texture but was not heavy. Matelassť can be an actual double cloth or just look like one. I did use the self binding--the fabric was quite stable---however, I cut much wider bias strips than the pattern called for. I agree that the guide sheet leaves something to be desired when explaining the mitering process---I used the technique that I learned from Roberta Carr's book and from Cynthia Guffey. I think one of rhe reasons that people have been frustrated with this pattern is because the photo and line drawings make it look deceptively easy. If I expect to make a garment in 3 hours and it takes seven---I usually blame the pattern, when I should have paid more attention. I did use a single large self covered button becuase I thought it looked funky with no closure. All in all---it turned out beautifully. I'm not sure it would work with a really drapey fabric--it would look limp and the design lines would be lost. Isn't sewing great? Thanks again for the review. Marijo
Mai S said... (2/23/05 11:16 AM) Reply
I will keep your review in mind if I make this jacket again. Luckily my first attempt at this pattern worked. I avoided the pockets and use a fairly substantial, but drapy, microfiber. Rather than consider it a jacket I see it more as 'top' for a dress. A couple of things I found important. A solid fabric will work better particularly when the jacket starts to swing around as you walk. I also cut on each 'big' piece separately.
annsew65 said... (2/23/05 8:11 AM) Reply
Kay, a very good review of this pattern. We can all learn something about this pattern from your comments! I've had recent misgivings about Vogue's construction details, so I really know where you are coming from on this one. I watched a Sew Much More show with Susan Khalje a couple of years ago using this pattern. She used a matellase bedspread to cut hers from and I must say, I wasn't too impressed with it then. It seemed much too bulky as the fabric had little drape to it. On the pattern envelope, it looks so attractive - such a shame we have to work so hard to come up with something workable after all the time and effort spent on the original design! Your workmanship really shines on this, though! Many would have turned it into a wadder before finally coming up with the winner you have made.
Jill Giard said... (2/23/05 7:11 AM) Reply
Thanks for a great review. The jacket looks great - despite the problematic pattern.
amadoofus said... (2/23/05 6:42 AM) Reply
Kay, your review is a work of art! It shows people who are just starting to sew that the Pattern and it's directions are not God! It shows how thoughtful changes translate to improvements, and how we must sometimes modify to fit our own common sense. It also proves that the more we learn, the more thoughtful changes we can make with our projects. I both enjoyed and learned from your sophisticated review.
kellyt said... (2/22/05 11:29 PM) Reply
Kay, I made the long version of this jacket and I agree with everything you said about the pattern and instructions. Thanks for the detail review!
Celeste said... (2/22/05 10:58 PM) Reply
I think it's absolutely knockout!
touran said... (2/22/05 9:18 PM) Reply
Thanks for the review. I've loved this design for a long time now and your info will be so useful in choosing the right fabric.
hongkongshopper said... (2/22/05 8:02 PM) Reply
Kay, the jacket looks really really good! IMHO, I think a really big self covered button would look better? Your work is beautiful!
MaryBeth said... (2/22/05 6:24 PM) Reply
Oooh, I can finally, nice job. Sorry the outcome of all your work doesn't just make you wild with joy but I appreciate you sharing your impressions...I had looked at the pattern intensely, too, probably because of the designer's name. Glad now that I passed it up.
minieme said... (2/22/05 6:23 PM) Reply
I bought this pattern not long ago as I fell in love with the hem from side view. Yours look very good. I had doubts about the recommended fabrics, now I know better. I seriously have to think carefully about what to use before I begin. Thanks for the informative review.
Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said... (2/22/05 6:22 PM) Reply
Kay, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this pattern. Your finished product really does look good.
Lisa Laree said... (2/22/05 7:33 AM) Reply
What great observations about the difference between real couture sewing and the pattern guide! I'll bet you're why does it take a special pattern editor (i.e. Claire Shaeffer) to get the *real* directions to the home sewist, I wonder....
CarolynGM said... (2/22/05 5:43 AM) Reply
Great review Kay. I have this pattern and really wanted to make it. I now know not to mess with it unless I'm prepared to make serious modifications. Yours turned out well, but what a hassle to get there!
Danvillegirl said... (2/22/05 5:39 AM) Reply
Great review. Your jacket looks good in the photo. A lot of wearable art sewist have used this pattern for wearable art and the results look good. However one is focusing on the art not the jacket. I love the color of your fabric also.
Tailypo said... (2/22/05 1:01 AM) Reply
Your review makes for fascinating reading. Do enlarge the images when you get a chance -- I would love to take a closer look. The color is knockout.
Lilibet said... (2/21/05 9:38 PM) Reply
Thank you for a very helpful and informative review. I have been looking for a pattern for an interesting, unstructured jacket and did consider this one but I'll keep looking. BTW the pictures are very tiny but what I could see of the colour was lovely, crushed strawberry?
CarrieA said... (2/21/05 9:23 PM) Reply
Kay, I love your reviews with all your detailed comments on fit, style and construction. I think your jacket looks beautiful (even though your pics are itty-bitty) and I agree that it's a style that has that artistic flair rather that needs the right attitude to pull off. You pulled yours off with panache! Great review.
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