|Still a WIP, but some how I lost that button, muslin pic soon!|
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined, partially interfaced, below waist jacket has princess seams, slightly extended shoulders, shoulder pads, in-seam pockets with pleats, side panels (no side seams), shaped hem, and long two-piece sleeves with buttoned vents. A: underlined and couture construction techniques.
Pattern Sizing:12-14 I made a 14, grading to a 12 in the lower side back.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions for the couture method are extremely educational, but did not follow them verbatim. i.e. thread tracing ALL the seam lines. However, when grading from one size to another, this is invaluable. Especially when one piece has a different size grading width compared to its adjoining piece.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?As others have said, this pattern is worth the $$$ for the couture instructions alone. The princess seams make fitting a jacket a dream for my body type. I could never buy a jacket like this off the rack and have it fit without costly alterations.
Fabric Used:100% wool woven, silk organza underlining, lightweight horse hair interfacing. Radiance silk/cotton lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:After making the bodice muslin, removed the pleats and pocket. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like the pleats, but tried it any way. This also made the front bodice fit much more to my liking.
During the muslin fitting, found that I needed a 12 in the arm circumference, found I didn't need any extra length in the sleeves.
Read in other reviews that the pocket was not very functional, so I omitted it. Added an inside welt pocket. Perfect for a CC, drivers licence, $50 and a tiny lipstick.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, probably view B, ready to wear construction in a more casual fabric.
Time line of sewing...
2/5/13 Finished muslin, started cutting out wool.
2/6/13 Finished cutting wool, lining, underlining & horse hair. Sewed some underlining pieces to wool pieces.
2/7/13 more underlining to wool sewing g. Getting my courage up for hand work needed for the fronts.
2/16 Been away from the sewing room. Attacked the fronts and the hand sewing required. Not nearly as tedious as I imagined.