|There is something about this jacket. I'm WILD for it. I've had the pattern for a while, and wasn't sure what fabric to use. Finally, I just grabbed some corduroy I received in a fabric bundle from Fabric Mart and some scrap cotton sateen and just started. It's so .... so ... so .... I don't know, it's so "something" - and whatever that thing is, I'm really a fan. |
Closures and lining
Misses' jacket and coat with bodice front and back darts, button and loop closure, collar and skirt variations. A: skirt with darts and side seam pockets. B/C have flared skirt in two lengths. I made version A.
6-12. I made the 8...and it fits well, with just enough ease for comfort. This will not be a jacket I wear over chunky sweaters, if you catch my drift.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is labeled "easy" as a pattern, and I think the instruction were okay. Way too much hand sewing, and a bit clunky. I think to get a full, functional jacket/coat there needs to be more RTW techniques on the interior of the coat to give is some real structure. So I might recommend this pattern more to someone whose already sewn a coat/jacket, and might be more comfortable with making those additions/changes. But really, it's drafted well and construction-wise it's pretty easy. Really just a lining and a shell that you assemble and then, with a gigantor collar sandwiched in between, bag the whole thing in one swoop.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
In my eyes, the shape is divine. It's so unique, and flattering. I'm broad shouldered, so I was a wee bit nervous I'l look football player-ish, but it really doesn't work that way. Since the bodice and skirt are darted it creates a great optical illusion of an hourglass shape.
A thin wale, no stretch corduroy from a FabricMart "free with purchase" bundle. FREE!!!!! (Okay, no reeeeeeeeally, because I had to purchase other stuff to get the free stuff). And the lining is an old scrap of cotton sateen.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only major change I made were the closures (see photo above). I didn't like the loops and buttons. This is a lot of "look" for a jacket, so I wanted everything else minimal to draw attention to the shape. I used on large snap on the interior and one button on the exterior at the waist to close. I'm going to wear in a few times to see if i might need a button/hook & eye sat that top interior corner.
*UPDATE* - after one wear a realized I did need some sort of closure at the top interior corner. See the picture above of "Closures and lining". It kept gaping open as a moved, which sort of ruining the lovely architecture of the oversized collar. What can I say, I'm half Italian. I make big gestures.
I ended up putting and button on that upper interior corner (almost directly above the waist snap) and a button hole on the collar. Once I wore it, I found where the collar wanted to break and made sure to put the buttonhole on the interior. I'm not sure if this is the 100% best solution, but it works for this coat. I'm thinking if that portion was super heavy duty interfaced, it might just need a hook & eye or snap. I also thought of possibly redrafting that bit to extend further over the opposite shoulder. Maybe on the next one I'll try that.
Oh, and I added my standard 3" addition to the sleeve length.
However, if I did it again, I would change some things. 1. There really needs to be a lot more interfacing on the interior of the jacket. I added more than they recommended, but I ended up going back in and adding more to help stabilize things a bit more before finishing the hem; 2. I would probably redraft the top of the lining to have a facing, or use a lining fabric that was a near match to the self. Since there is no collar stand - the collar just folds over, and the lining is clearly visible. It doesn't bother me a ton, but I'd probably change it next time; 3. Keeping in mind fabric selection, I'd consider doing the entire bottom of the interior as a facing rather than the facing on the front and full lining on the back. None of these are super major changes -
but those are my thoughts.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Sure. It quick to construct (I did it in an extended afternoon), and very unique. I love it.
There's something very Princess Leia meets Audrey Hepburn about this jacket to me. And that suits me just fine.