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|CNT: 2501 (A Little Somethin\' Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Reviewed by:||Judy Kski|
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|Posted on:||10/20/13 10:45 PM |
|Last Updated:||10/21/13 10:37 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Breeze into the season in this carefree layer of pure casual elegance! The jacket has a slightly flared 3/4 length sleeve or full length sleeve and is designed to move easily from work to weekend. Whether 22 1/2" or 25 1/2" finished length, this feminine silhouette is as comfortable as it is stylish!|
I made this jacket at a class at the Sew Chic Stitching Lounge in St. Augustine, FL.
Pattern Sizing: SIZES: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22-24. After measuring the pattern pieces, I chose Size 16 for my jacket.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat. It's not photographed on a human being. This may have been intentional so potential buyers wouldn't see the ill fit of the sleeves. More to follow....
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were sufficient to get the job done. However, some of the photos were misleading.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- The photo of the batik fabric (blues) CNT used to make the jacket.
- The overall look and draping of the jacket body when it's on.
- Sleeve cap is too shallow. This causes the sleeve to hang improperly when you have it on and "twist" around the top of the arm. I'll have to figure out how to fix this problem.
- Tricky shawl collar installation. Illustrations in the directions weren't very helpful because they didn't depict the actual appearance of the fabric at the critical pivot points.
- Misleading photo of hem at the bottom of pg. 2 of the instruction sheet. It looks like all you have to do is fold up the bottom hem, pin it and sew. There is a certain amount of easing necessary. I used the 1/4" basting stitches after I pressed the edge under. Using a seam ripper tip, pull up the stitching about every fifth stitch. This provided just the right amount of easing needed to create an even ratio of hem to jacket area.
- Shawl collar needs to be interfaced if using a cotton batik in order to enhance the stiffness of the collar area. It depends on your choice of fabric.
Fabric Used: Cotton batik that I purchased from The Olde Green Cupboard, a quilting store that went out of business in 2010. The fabric used for the Hong Kong finish and seam binding on the inside of the jacket is Symphony Broadcloth from Jo-Ann's.
This pattern would drape beautifully if a rayon fabric were used. It would also be perfect for the shawl collar. Even though a fleece fabric is recommended, I'm not so sure how well a bulky fabric like that would work in the collar area.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Added 2" to the length of the sleeves
- Clean finished the inside of the unlined jacket as follows:
1. Hong Kong finish on the front facing edges after removing the 1/4" seam allowance (SA).
2. Hong Kong finish on shoulder seams
3. Trimmed 1/8" from side seam SA edges. Enclosed both SA's in 3/4" bias binding. Stopped just beyond top of sleeve and bottom hem to reduce bulk in hem allowances.
4. Used 3-thread overlock to cover sleeve SA. Maxi-Lock Pastel Swirls was used in the upper and lower loopers to "wrap" the edge. It blended beautifully with the colors of the batik.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I can figure out how to fix the problem with the sleeve cap, I'd like to make it again. Until then, I wouldn't recommend it.
The shawl collar is definitely not for a beginner. It's tricky to manuever around the two pivot points at the shoulder seam and get it to look and lay right. Trust me here. I consider myself an experienced sewist and I had problems.
Conclusion: Overall, I like the way the jacket looks when I wear it. I'm not sure whether making the jacket with the looser fitting, 3/4 length sleeves would fix the problem or not. I guess I'll have to make a muslin to find out.
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