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Vogue Patterns: 2614 thumbsup - Type:Coat/Jacket
Review submitted in 2013 Lined Jacket Contest Contest    printable version
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Reviewed by:Nikki
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Posted on:10/30/13 11:06 PM
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Pattern Description:

Lined jacket has collar/length variations, shoulder pads, and long, two-piece effect sleeves. A: snap/exposed zipper closing, loose-fitting, front princess seams, carriers and belt.

I made view A.

Pattern Sizing:

Misses 6-22. I made a size 10 tapering out to a 14 at the lower hem.

Fabric Used:

Recommended fabrics include synthetic leather, gabardine, twill, and corduroy. I used a wool suiting from Fabric Mart similar in hand to a gabardine. The lining is Ambiance rayon from Joann.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I lengthened the sleeves (a standard alteration for me), and made a broad shoulder/back alteration, which is something that I need to do when using a size 10.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes and no. I've actually made all of the other views of this pattern before, most of them quite a while ago. The view B has the same cut but with different detailing, so I didn't need to make any new alterations to the pattern.

There is an error in a drawing for the zipper insertion, in one of the panels it shows the zipper inserted and topstitched facing the wrong way. There is also some confusion regarding whether or not two hidden buttons are used to close the front panel - the envelope calls for two buttons, but the pattern paper indicates that the buttons are only for view B, and the instructions are not clear as to whether the buttons are intended for both A and B, or just B. I omitted the buttons, and think the front closure works find since view A has the zipper closure. Since view B is open in the front, it needs the hidden buttons to prevent the jacket from gaping open.

The main difficulty that I had was in finding matching hardware for the jacket. View A requires a separating zipper, a 2" prong buckle, eyelets for the belt, and large size hammered-on snaps. I chose an antique brass YKK zip for the front, and wanted to match the rest of the hardware to that. I was able to find matching snaps at Joann, but could not find matching eyelets, and ended up with brighter brass grommets instead. The buckle was the hardest to find, I had trouble finding any 2" buckles with prongs online at all, much less in antique brass, and ended up getting a 1 3/4" buckle. This required making the belt less wide.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The overall pattern is great. There are several very different designs included in the pattern, and I have gotten a lot of use out of it. View A specifically is more problematic, mainly due to the hardware problem. I also think that it would be better in a slightly stiffer fabric, when I made view B a long time ago, I used a heavy hemp/cotton blend and prefer the stiffness of that jacket. Some of the views are designed such that they really do need shoulder pads - I tested out a smaller shoulder pad and had to go with a thicker version.

belt of ugh

I am not happy with the belt at all. Even though I used a smaller buckle, the weight of the buckle drags down the belt in front and the entire jacket front as well, causing it to pull up in the back. I do not like the mismatched hardware, which really contributes to that "homemade" look. I am thinking of making a new belt with some leftover fabric, using a stiffer belting to interface, and using a non-pronged buckle instead so that I can omit the eyelets. It is also easier to find non-prong buckles in larger sizes.

belt is droopy

I do like the zipper insertion a lot. I am not sure why the snaps are attached to the lower point and not to the collar, given how high up the other snap section is located - however both the pattern drawing and instructions all have the snaps attached lower down.

front details

lining view

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Well, I've already sewn this pattern at least half a dozen times, so the answer would have to be yes. I may want to sew up view C again soon… I'm sure this is OOP by now, but it could be worth tracking down a copy if you are looking for a versatile sporty jacket pattern with lots of different design possibilities.

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ArtAttack said...
What an adorable jacket! I love the color and it looks great on you. Super entry for the contest and thanks again for participating!
10/30/13 11:30 PM
madbadger said...
Really nice job and excellent review! Thanks for all the detail!
10/30/13 11:43 PM
HawkeMorningStar7 said...
Really cute jacket. The hardware actually looks great from your pictures. But I know how hard it is to find eyelets/buckles/snaps all to match :(( Maybe another belt loop up front to avoid it drooping? I really think it looks very chic though. and very up to the minute .
10/31/13 0:02 AM
PattyE said...
Great jacket! I really like the brass hardware you chose.
10/31/13 0:10 AM
SewLibra said...
I love the style of this jacket, too bad it's OOP. You did a great job and the hardware looks fine to me.
10/31/13 0:40 AM
Quickie said...
I love this style of jacket
10/31/13 4:08 AM
mnitts said...
Fab looking jacket!
10/31/13 4:26 AM
jlg said...
10/31/13 5:09 AM
BillieJean said...
Gorgeous jacket!
10/31/13 6:24 AM
SquishSews said...
I love this, Nikki!! Looks great on you but I sympathize with the hardware difficulties.
10/31/13 7:36 AM
grays08 said...
I think this is just fantastic and really great review too! I don't get homemade at all out of this with the hardware but understand when you are working on it you have a critical eye of all details so don't blame you. Fantastic job, this is a great style and pattern so it's wonderful you have made it several times.
10/31/13 9:08 AM
JuliN said...
Lovely jacket with a great fit. Thanks for sharing.
10/31/13 9:18 AM
nicegirl said...
Seriously, this does not look in any way homemade. I am super jealous of this fly jacket, and I love the color.
10/31/13 9:19 AM
VivianZ said...
A wonderful, versatile jacket, great for office or play. I know what you mean about finding the right fittings. It is so impossible, especially when you get an idea of what you want. Yours turned out really well though.
10/31/13 9:41 AM
carolynw said...
Wonderful jacket - your sewing skills are to be envied. Great review
10/31/13 10:42 AM
carolynw said...
Wonderful jacket - your sewing skills are to be envied. Great review
10/31/13 10:44 AM
NEMDF said...
Super jacket! If you remake the belt, could reduce the weight by having fewer grommet holes, just maybe 2 or 3 and/or eliminate the hardware for the holes, do by hand or machine-bound holes. Just an idea. Overall, it looks great!
10/31/13 12:34 PM
Sue Parrott said...
This is very cute! I've seen many RTW jackets with droopy belts as well . Wear this with pride!
10/31/13 5:29 PM
chriseen said...
Stunning. Beautiful color and looks great on you.
10/31/13 8:40 PM
wexford said...
Swoon! Love this jacket.
10/31/13 9:20 PM
TJSEWS said...
Beautiful jacket. Love the color too!
10/31/13 9:28 PM
marec said...
Nikki, this is so cute! Love the tough hardware, and the fabric looks so luxe.
11/1/13 11:15 AM
petro said...
Nice job! I can see why you've sewn this pattern so many times, its a great style.
11/4/13 8:30 AM
MrsCharisma said...
WOW. Great work! You have outdone yourself here!
11/4/13 10:25 AM
SandraB said...
This is a beautifully made jacket.
11/4/13 6:33 PM
sweetviolets said...
What a great jacket. You need to wear this color more..............looks really wonderful on you! I see what you mean about the belt. I agree that a stiffer interfacing and less hardware weight would probably solve the problem. Thankfully you have a bit of extra fabric. (Yes, and I am very envious!!)
11/5/13 3:33 AM
waltzqueen said...
Super jacket I can hardly believe you made yourself!
11/5/13 3:23 PM
Mimsy Borogoves said...
How Stunning is this. Mad skills, thanks for sharing
11/6/13 8:05 PM
froggiegirl said...
I'm in a motorcycle jacket frenzy lately so I'm just loving this version. Great color choice and I really love the belt and studs.
11/7/13 7:57 PM
Margaret said...
Wonderful jacket! I totally hear you on the hardware problem... I know there were stores in NYC with huge selections of this kind of thing, but you often have to buy dozens or hundreds, and I'm not sure if they ship. I still think the jacket looks great, though.
11/8/13 11:22 AM
JEF said...
Wow, just wow.
11/9/13 8:36 AM
AnneM said...
What a fantastic jacket. That came out wonderfully. Homemade is definitely NOT what people are going to think when looking at it.
11/12/13 12:11 PM
Dellia45 said...
Classic biker jacket, WOW! This is a beautiful jacket.
11/13/13 8:28 PM
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