Unlined raglan sleeve jacket has collar, sleeve and length variations. A, B, C: button closure. C: double-breasted. D: hook and eye closure, belt. All versions have shoulder pads but I didn't insert any in mine. This pattern is now OOP but still available on the Butterick-McCall website. It's expensive. I bought mine in their 99c sale. Pattern Sizing:
Xsm - Med. Medium being a 12-14. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well not really, in fact not at all. I think you'd better take a look at the Alterations section below to understand why. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. The jacket is unlined so does require seam finishing but still a relatively straight forward jacket. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Raglan sleeves are so much easier to sew in than inset sleeves. Fabric Used:
A reversible showerproof twill. Taupe twill on one side and a black 'jersey' (?) on the reverse. It was a tough fabric and I had to use a jeans needle to get through. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Right, where to start?
1. Lengthened by 20" to make a coat, not a jacket.
2. Reversible coat meant flat felling all seams so there was no obvious right or wrong side.
3. Patch pockets on one side with welt pockets on the reverse. For a tutorial on how to do this please go http://sewruth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/rainy-day-welt-pockets.html
4. No interfacing or facing used.
5. Whole raw edge of coat was bias trimmed - sleeves, hem and centre fronts.
6. Collar was machine sewn on one side and slipstitched by hand on the other to hide the raw edges.
7. Added a single button and button hole at the front. The two buttons are sewn back to back and a patch was sewn over the button hole.
8. Hacked off 5" from the hem to make the coat knee length and made a black belt from the cut-off.
9. Added belt carriers on both sides of the coat.
10. If I think of anything else I'll edit this review later!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this pattern but OOPs are so expensive - even dearer than current styles that I'd feel guilty telling you to buy it. If there's another 99c sale then pick it up then. There are four style of jacket in the envelope so I might try another one. Conclusion:
When you look over the alterations I'm beginning to wonder what I actually used this pattern for! Only joking - great shape and wonderful sleeves that are loose enough to get the coat on over a jacket or thick jumper. It's part of my SWAP 13 and I'm glad to have finished what I thought would be a relatively straight forward and easy project. Be warned, unlined but reversible / double-faced fabrics require thinking ahead and planning.