Suit, double breasted jacket with wide notched collar, optional belt or four buttons. Six gore flared skirt with side zip. Pattern Sizing:Young Collection. 36-40, 10-20. I sewed a size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I sewed view A with four buttons and no belt. As I hadn't decided whether or not to use a belt I ommitted the welt pockets. Jacket and skirt were made of same fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This pattern was sent from US to UK. It was printed on very heavy paper which I found difficult to pin on to the fabric. Seam and hem allowances were not included which I found very frustrating. The instructions were however clear. As well as using interfacing on the front facings and collar, interfacing was used on the side front and top and bottom of the sleeves and back.
Apart from having to be careful joining the upper collar to the neckline facings to get a neat notch, sewing was fairly straightforward. The sleeves are raglan which are easy to fit. I ommitted shoulder pads as I didn't want the jacket to look too wide but I may go back, unpick part of the lining and fit them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the fitted style of the jacket and the large notched collar which was a change from my usual. I also liked the shape of the flared skirt. It is very easy to wear.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No real pattern alterations made.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I'm not sure that I would make another suit like this (well not just yet) though I may use the pattern just for a skirt. I would however recommend it to others provided that you are not put off by having to add the seam and hem allownaces.
Conclusion: It is a pattern from the Young Collection but can equally be worn by someone more elderly!