Pattern Description: Great easy versatile jacket featuring a soft peplum with tucks falling from the princess line. The 3/4 sleeve has a slit cuff that can be worn up or down. Wear it with or without a waisted belt - or dress it up with an interesting stud closure.
Pattern Sizing: I used a size 10 but I should have gotten a size 8...it's a little big on me everywhere.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Beginners might have some trouble deciphering some of the instructions. I have included a lot of pics to illustrate.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how well everything goes together. Be careful to mark all the notches...they are important. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: I used a St. John wool blend ponte in rosey pink from EOS. The pattern called for 1 3/4 yd. of 58". Thread is from Superior Thread. The interfacing is from Palmer/Pletsch...I used light in white. The button is from Joanns.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I topstitched the entire collar/facing. It made it look neater.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would really like this in a woven and I have something in mind in my stash.
I would recommend this pattern to others who want a casual jacket using a knit, or it could be dressed up using any number of nice wovens.
Conclusion: This is a very comfortable jacket in the ponte. I like it alot.
To clarify some of the instructions:
#4: says to sew the center back seam of the front body collar extension...you also should sew the center back seam of the front facing at this time.
#5: anyone who has done a shawl collar before is familiar with how to sew the shoulder seam to the neck, then pivot and sew across the neck. I find it helpful to fuse small squares of interfacing at the pivot points. Also if you mark x's where your seam allowances meet you will know exactly where to pivot. finished neck shoulder seam You also might want to finish the inside edge of the facing.
#7: says to turn the facing at the shoulder and back neckline inward and stitch in place. Here you are sewing the inside facing to the neck seam allowance and to the should seam allowances. I did a little decorative stitch just for fun. finished seam
#8: tells you to stitch the knife pleats in the front peplum. You will need to mark the little x which shows you where to end your pleat stitching.
#9: says to sew the side seams of the peplums...you should also sew the side seams of the bodice.
#13: the cuffs...says to fold the cuff in half, right sides together, and sew 1/4" seams on both ends. Hopefully you have marked/snipped all the notches on the cuff. Then it says to join the opposite ends of the cuff together. You will grab one end and bring it over to the opposite side...sew a 3/8" seam. Then grab the remaining two ends, which are kind of hanging below the seam you just sewed, and sew them in a 3/8" seam. Then just flip that last seam up and there's your cuff. I used a smaller stitch for the cuff seams...1.8 on my machine.
#14: says to sew the cuff to the sleeve...the seam in cuff lines up with the notch on the sleeve. Not mentioned: the notch in the cuff lines up with the seam in the sleeve.