|Pattern Description: Zipped jacket with close fitting hood and cuffed sleeves. Fully lined and finished with knit binding.|
Pattern Sizing: 62-92, but an identical pattern is available in the 98-128 size range as pattern #15. I sewed a 92.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were typical for Ottobre, which is to say that they were clear and concise, but there are no diagrams. This is a pretty simply constructed garment, except for the sleeve cuffs, which are fully enclosed within the lining. Don't let that stop you from making this jacket though! I found this tutorial by Amanda at Kitschy Coo to be very helpful in clarifying where the Ottobre instructions were a little unclear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I LOVE the simple, well thought out design. You can tell this pattern was designed for a cold weather climate. The cuffs are shaped to fit snugly around the wrist. The hood has a raised neckline that protects the neck and the binding around the hood and bottom hem finish the garment nicely, but also allow it to fit closely to the body, keeping your little one warm, but still able to freely move and play. My only dislike was that because of the way the binding is applied, the zipper tape is exposed within the jacket, rather than enclosed in the lining. I think that could be alleviated by adding an underlap extension, which wouldn't be difficult to do at all. It doesn't seem to bother my son though, so I wouldn't worry about it unless your child is sensitive.
Fabric Used: Corduroy I found at the thrift store for the outer shell, poly fleece from Hancock for the lining and rib knit from fabric.com for the ribbing and binding
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, although I did sew it a size larger than my son currently wears. I elected to do this for several reasons, primarily because of my thick lining fabric, but also because I wanted to leave him a little growing room, and he is right at the top edge of his current size. It worked quite well. The jacket fits him comfortably, but with a little room to grow.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? It is an excellent pattern! My son is at the upper size limit for the "baby" patterns, but since this one is drafted up to a 128, I will definitely use it in the future. I do recommend it.
Conclusion: The pattern is a fairly easy (for a lined jacket) sew, but turns out a very professional looking garment.