|Pattern Description: |
Retro jacket with Kimono Sleeves
I made pattern size 16 and it fit my size 12 retail body.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, though I took in the top sleeve seam, brought up the armscye, made the neckline more "bateau", added vents with buttons to the sleeves, and put on patch pockets instead of flaps.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Didn't really use them. I was following Susan Khalje's Threads article to make a quilted "Chanel" jacket, so I machine quilted the silk georgette lining to the wool tweed fashion fabric, machined the main seams and finished the rest by hand.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a very cute design. Finishing the sleeves under the armpit was difficult, but I liked the way the whole thing looked.
Chanel wool tweed, double silk georgette lining, trim with lurex, Chanel buttons from a blouse I got on eBay.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Made the neck more bateau shape, added vents, buttons and buttonholes to the sleeves, replaced the flaps with patch pockets, took in the top sleeve seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't make another jacket using this method of quilting the lining to the fabric. It's way too time consuming! But it was an interesting project. The jacket has a cute shape, though, so I'd recommend it to people.
I was glad I had the experience of making a Chanel Jacket this way, but it took too long to repeat the experience.