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Posted on:7/5/14 5:02 PM
Project Photo:Green Pepper: 502 by Darkvil

Green Pepper: 502 by Darkvil  Green Pepper: 502 by Darkvil  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 4 people   
Fabric:Ripstop  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
An outer jacket to be worn on top of a light coat.
Used for Fishing, Cargo or Photography
A total of 17 pockets, outer and liner both with pockets, zips, velcro, clasps.

Pattern Sizing:
The pattern is for chest sizes from 30" to 48"

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it looked exactly like the images on the pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I am a beginner this is my first ever project. I wanted something that was challenging and would have many techniques in so I can practice them, this was perfect for that. The pattern has very detailed information for every step, you do not have to assume anything it shows your step by step.
There is a lot of cutting out to do and many many pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the fact that it looks like a shop bought fishing jacket, if not better than some. Very high quality design, a good ample fit.

Fabric Used:
It was for fishing so I wanted a totally water proof garment.
I used
Breathable Coated Ripstop Hexagon Nylon 4oz
Sawitex Waterproof & Windproof Lining
Seam Grip (Seam sealer)
x3 rolls of polyester thread.
Total cost of materials was about £25 GBP

Cutting of the ripstop had to be done very precisely with a scalpel adding 2mm all around, as the edge of the fabric has to be melted on a candle to prevent fraying, which shrinks it about 2mm.

You can cut it with a soldering iron to cut and seal in one go but very difficult for multiple layers or curves.

Also I didnt use any pins at all as it would not have been water proof, instead I used a sewing glue pen to hold it together before sewing, this worked a treat.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This is my first pattern so I didn't make any alterations, and it turned out nice.
The only thing I did change is the central zip, they take you through on taking the zip apart to size it precisely to the jacket, but the zip I had was heat moulded. So I just hid the top of the zipper in the seam and trimmed it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would highly recommend it to others.
But it is a lot of work, it took me about 1 month to make as a first project, on and off at weekends and some evenings.
Would I sew it again, well no I have done it to learn sewing but for me the challenge is now done, so move on to the next project.

A great pattern, easy to follow, makes a professional looking jacket and very functional.
If you use ripstop nylon be prepared to have a lot of patience and precise cutting. Would be great in medium weight cotton drill if you didn't need it waterproof.
A lot of pockets and I mean a lot, pockets on pockets on pockets in some places
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becca a said...
Congratulations on your first project! This fishing jacket is pretty complicated with lots of steps and pieces. It looks great!
7/8/14 1:04 AM
CKsewist said...
I don't think you're a beginner any more! Well done!
7/7/14 9:11 PM
nanneke said...
Very well done! How do you like the 17 pockets? Can you find everything back? I don't see myself using a jacket like this, but I might apply some of it for the inside of my next bag! Thank you.
7/7/14 5:00 AM
Darkvil said...
Thanks for the comments, i used a 1950s machine, think i will have a rest and make a tshirt next lol
7/6/14 5:10 PM
goosegreen said...
Absolutely fantastic job for your first garment. Your review is great and I'm impressed by the whole thing.
7/6/14 6:59 AM
supizoo said...
I found your review really interesting. Your patience and attention to detail certainly paid off, it's quite magnificent.
7/5/14 6:46 PM
Sharonspils said...
Very impressive vest and a great outcome for your first garment.
7/5/14 6:43 PM
JeanieR said...
I'm a novice too. I have been eying the Frenchglen barn jacket from Green Pepper but worry that it is too difficult. You have inspired me to (maybe) give it a go.
7/5/14 5:59 PM
CruiseEnvy said...
Impressive! Nice job and thanks for sharing. I've considered this pattern for my sons GF (in pink or purple) but don't know if I'm up to the challenge. I'm certainly inspired though :)
7/5/14 5:35 PM
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