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|HotPatterns: 1031 (Riviera Boulevard Cardigan-Jacket) - Type:Outerwear |
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|Posted on:||3/15/13 4:20 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Bamboo Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Designed for heavy knits (I missed this seeing this - my knit was very lightweight). Unlined cropped single breast Jacket. It is actually boxy rather than A-line. Features front & back yokes, vertical seaming & optional topstitching. Two-pieced sleeves with a faux button vent, elbow length.|
Pattern Sizing: Pattern includes size 6 through 26. I copied size 16 onto pattern tissue. Note as in other reviews that sizes are mistakenly drawn ... except for the size 16.
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? No way!! This pattern calls for an intermediate skill level, and pattern instructions are minimal, if that. It assumes that you are up to speed with certain tailoring techniques such as attaching notched collars, forming miters and vents, because there are no useful instructions included for accomplishing those things.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What I like is the appearance on a well-tailored finished jacket. I liked the simplicity in the number of basic pieces that form the body and sleeves. However what I found difficult is having to refresh my very stale and seldom-used tailoring techniques, especially when it came to how to do the collar and sleeve vents because instructions aren't there. I did not find this pattern easy or quick to construct ... but I confess to being slower than most. I ripped the collar three times before I figured out how best to attach it. For the relatively high cost of this pattern I think HotPatterns could do better when it comes to making sure they don't publish patterns with so many errors; there could be a little more instruction - or at the least an on-line reference to detailed instruction would be much appreciated for areas that are repeatedly reported as problem areas in construction.
Fabric Used: The black fabric is a beautiful lightweight washable rayon knit of some sort - I don't recall exactly. And the red is something that felt like it was a similar weight that I got from Jo Ann's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As other reviewers recommended, I added a two inch hem to the body and sleeves, and mitered corners (after reviewing how to's). My sleeve vents are real vents, rather than faux, but I think I'll not do that on the next one. I used fusible interfacing on all pieces to give a little more body since my fabric was so light weight; I think it makes the interior of the jacket look nicer as well. I serged seams. I decided I like the look and utility of three buttons down the front, so I added an extra button and buttonhole.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'd like to sew this jacket again in fleece, and add long sleeves. I'd recommend it to those who are confident about construction after reviewing the actual pattern. I read all the reviews on this jacket, and then found a few excellent sites that demonstrated various techniques that I needed to brush-up on. Gigisews
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