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Posted on:1/8/08 9:41 AM
Last Updated:2/27/08 8:00 PM

Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 38 people   
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gatorgirl4325 said...
Your jacket is absolutely fabulous! You did a great job putting it all together.
1/8/08 9:47 AM
cindy-lou said...
Mmmmmmm, Mmmmm, what a great jacket! Love the fabric, love the look. And thanks for re-affirming my 2008 idea that I can cut into some good stuff, even if I was kinda sorta thinking of a different project-- and re-affirming my desire to do it slow, but do it right. Thanks for the review. And I just ordered this pattern--I'm lovin' life now!
1/8/08 10:34 AM
Jan B. said...
Fantastic jacket! You really worked it, and the results show it. It's interesting how your fabric photographed. I've looked at this pattern many times with it's unusual front darts. I enjoyed looking around your blog too.
1/8/08 11:15 AM
CarolynGM said...
What a clever way to put fabrics together to simulate leather for your muslin. The sleeves look like they went in beautifully with the reduced ease. Truly a great jacket.
1/8/08 11:16 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
Great looking jacket. Love how you fused the fabrics together to get what you want. Fabulous
1/8/08 11:31 AM
Peggy L said...
Great jacket - lovely lining. Thanks for the heads up on the sleeve instructions. I find that mind boggling, too but I have this pattern in my stash and will check out SB's instructions.
1/8/08 11:51 AM
nicegirl said...
I am so inspired by all your hard and patient work! You put a lot of effort into this and it really shows. And good for you for cutting into the silk. I really need to learn to do that.
1/8/08 12:01 PM
Sherril Miller said...
That is a georgous jacket. I went shopping for a jacket yesterday and the only thing I found that beautiful was $200. Thank you for reminding me of this great pattern which happens to be in my stash.
1/8/08 12:26 PM
Annette1 said...
Well, I must say this is the prettiest "muslin" I've ever seen! :o) I love looking at all of your pictures of this fantastic jacket! I've mulled over that pattern many a time, but until I saw your review here, it never really appealed to me -- ha! Your workmanship is impeccable, and your fabrics just divine! I like your resolution, too: ditto on that!
1/8/08 12:28 PM
Ronda Rae said...
Ditto, what Cindy-Lou said!
1/8/08 12:31 PM
Irene Q said...
Muslin??? Hah! That's one beautiful jacket! And this pattern is going to look really nice in the leather, too - looking forward to seeing that, whenever you get to it!
1/8/08 12:41 PM
AnneMarie60 said...
Looks fantastic! I love the fabric, the style and even the great lining!
1/8/08 1:30 PM
rivergum said...
Karen, what a great jacket! You did such a terrific job on that. I LOVE the lining especially.
1/8/08 1:49 PM
sideseams said...
karen, thank you for your detailed review. I learned a lot and want to try this pattern. Love your jacket.
1/8/08 3:30 PM
ButtonFaith said...
What a great jacket! I would have passed right over that pattern had I not seen your jacket! And that's a muslin??? Don't keep us waiting for the leather one too long!
1/8/08 3:39 PM
Oziroo said...
This jacket looks wonderful. Your very careful work really paid off.
1/8/08 4:42 PM
bluenines said...
Beautiful jacket,, you have done a beautiful job!
1/8/08 5:03 PM
JudiBee2 said...
It's outstanding. I think you can use it for a long time and enjoy those great fabrics. Thanks for letting us know about removing the sleeve ease. You did a great job with the zipper. I would love to know how you got it so even.
1/8/08 5:43 PM
Riordan said...
Beautiful jacket--the fabric is wonderful and it looks very professionally made!
1/8/08 5:55 PM
carolynw said...
Well Karen thsi is absolutely beautiful - I looked at it and went OMG I want this - but of course with the fabric fast not possible and anyway not much chance of finding material as beautiful as yours. I just love the finished product and yes - there are really benefits to sewing slowly again after madly dashing about before Christmas and making all sorts of really, really silly mistakes.
1/8/08 6:13 PM
nancy2001 said...
Beautiful jacket.
1/8/08 7:13 PM
jlg said...
Great job on this jacket. The fabric is perfect. Thanks for sharing.
1/8/08 7:30 PM
Kay Y said...
Very nice jacket, and your lining is truly special! A great example of slow sewing. I'm looking forward to reading about the leather one.
1/8/08 8:19 PM
Linda G said...
You did a great job, good review and I enjoyed your blog. I can't wait to see your leather version.
1/8/08 8:30 PM
CynthiaSue said...
yes this IS fantastic. so professional and the weight with your flannel turned out perfectly.
1/8/08 11:33 PM
PegL said...
Very pretty jacket! Nicest ''muslin'' I've seen!
1/9/08 5:35 AM
BillieJean said...
I don't know how I've missed this pattern. I love the collar and the darts down the side just add so much. Beautiful jacket.
1/9/08 6:31 AM
Debbie Cook said...
Beautiful jacket!! This pattern is on my short list too. I love your fabric choice, but muslin? Nah! It's too wonderful to call a muslin.
1/9/08 6:39 AM
Karen8320 said...
Karen, this is an amazing piece of work! Everything about it is impressive and it looks absolutely gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see it in leather.
1/9/08 7:51 AM
Marji said...
Karen, this looks great! Love the thought you put into creating a fabric that has the right drape and hand to emulate the leather, and still you created a garment that is much more than a 'wearable muslin', you created a beautiful jacket that stands on it's own. Love it!
1/9/08 8:17 AM
Jane S said...
Wow, wow , wow, what a stunning jacket. I've had a muslin of this one for 1 1/2 years and must do it in 2008! Thanks for your detailed and timely review, it's inspiring.
1/9/08 10:36 AM
Kellie R. said...
Holy Smokes Karen! Two things pop to mind: 1) a muslin?!?! 2) you make me feel better about being a slow sewist if this is the quality of work that it results in. This jacket is STUNNING in both workmanship and fabric selection.
1/9/08 2:49 PM
ryan's mom said...
Wow!! That jacket looks terrific, Karen. And I can't wait to see it in leather!!!
1/10/08 11:13 AM
NEDayNow said...
Karen, this is fabulous! Can you tell us more about how you dealt with the zipper? The instructions are a bit sparse.
1/12/08 9:54 AM
ryansmumAria said...
unbelievable! Would you tell us approximately what the cost of the leather was...thanks
2/27/08 7:51 PM
Karen6790 said...
Ryansmum, I got the 40 sq. feet for approximately $110. So taking my time into account, I probably didn't save a lot by making this myself, but sometimes it's not about the money, right?
2/27/08 8:04 PM
MarilynB said...
You are an inspiration to all of us, Karen. Your jacket is lovely. Next PR weekend, I'm sure more of us will be stocking up on large amounts of leather.
2/27/08 8:31 PM
Athene said...
Wow -what a gorgeous jacket. I had to add your review to my favorites - I have the pattern and after seeing this review I'm seriously thinking about cutting up a red suede swing coat I have that I never use.
2/27/08 8:46 PM
lilyofthevalley said...
Just a kickin' leather jacket, Karen. Looks perfect from all angles, including your zipper installation. Leather is one of my favorite 'fabrics' and shortly, will be one of yours, following your great success. This one would be equally at home on a bike and at a Broadway show, with fancy dinner afterwards. Brava! -Lily
2/27/08 8:50 PM
Olivia Sews said...
Wow! I can't believe I missed this review earlier. Did you sew this on a regular or industrial machine?
2/27/08 9:16 PM
SansSouci572 said...
What a great choice for your first leather pattern, I would have never thought of it! What a rush for you!!
2/27/08 9:17 PM
Em's Summer said...
WOW!!! That design is just simply TDF!!! I love the darts! It makes the jacket look so high end designer! And you did a great job putting it together. Your jacket is just beautiful!!! Waay better than anything in the stores! Great job and great review!!!
2/27/08 10:45 PM
Lori V said...
Gorgeous jacket, Karen. You did an incredible job.
2/27/08 11:56 PM
Shrazzy said...
Wonderful jacket. The darts in the leather are very striking .
2/28/08 6:35 AM
Robbie Jo said...
OMG!!! I am in awe of your skill and COURAGE!!!
2/28/08 7:57 AM
nancy2001 said...
Beautiful jacket.
2/28/08 8:57 AM
cindyann said...
Thank you so much for this review! I have some leather that wants to be a jacket too. Like you, I've never made a "garment" from leather. Glad to know that it's not a difficult as we believe. Your patience and care are well noted! Bookmarking your review for future reference. The jacket is AWESOME.
2/28/08 9:05 AM
carolynw said...
Karen I am speechless - what an absolutely fantastic job you have done with this leather - would swear you got it at some high end store!
2/28/08 9:20 AM
SexiSadi said...
GREAT job on the jacket!
2/28/08 12:10 PM
Sherril Miller said...
Your leather jacket is fabulous. I have jacket envy now. Thanks for all the tips working with leather. Your review was very inspirational.
2/28/08 12:22 PM
Sherril Miller said...
Went to your blog, but I couldn't find a pic of you wearing it. I'd love to see you with a great big smile wearing that wonderful jacket.
2/28/08 12:41 PM
Erica B. said...
This jacket is so fabulous! I love it.
2/28/08 2:08 PM
Luckylibbet said...
WOW. I'll say it again. WOW. You'll have to buy insurance on that jacket in case one of us steals it from you in a fit of leather envy. (kidding)
2/28/08 7:48 PM
cecelia said...
Both jackets are TDF--what a wonderful job you did--let's hear it for "slow sewing." You'll get lots of mileage out of these 2 winners.
3/1/08 2:41 PM
Mahogany Stylist said...
Great jackets!
3/22/08 9:00 PM
AngieC said...
WOW! What a beautiful jacket! Wonderful review and an inspirational project for sure! Thank you for sharing~
8/26/08 0:37 AM
LizzM26 said...
Very nice jacket. I am impress.
8/27/08 8:52 PM
Joanne624 said...
What an absolutely beautiful jacket! You do great work!!
1/6/10 6:40 PM
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