|Pattern Description: |
DKNY Jacket and gored skirt. I sewed the jacket. This version is my muslin and when I saw that it was sewing up so nicely, I decided to finish it all the way.
I sewed size 16, I'm US 14/16, UK 14/16, DE 44
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but I didn't follow them because of my changes and because I don't like to spend 50 hours hand-stitching something that easily can be machine sewn and look just as great.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Love the curved front seams and the general style. I really like chinese collars, since I'm not a big fan of notched type on me.
- Just a few minor standard changes and this fit perfectly first time!
- Everything matched up beautifully, no problems whatsoever sewing this.
- There is a slight flounce in the back peplum part, but it's too small to make a real statement. It kind of looks like a half-hearted attempt to add a design detail. Next time I'll draft it out.
- The 3/4 arm length looks unfortunate on me. (not the pattern's fault). It more looks like I sewed my jacket arms too short. I'll fix that next time to be either truly 3/4 length, or full length.
- Dude, the word "slip-stitch" appeared more in this pattern than just normal "stitch". I despise hand sewing and it would have been nice to follow directions that show you how to do this by machine. I bagged it and finished off the sleeves by leaving a gap in the sleeve lining and pulled it through.
Sweater knit. I didn't interface it because otherwise it would have been too thick and I didnt want to change the stretchiness and hand of the fabric. I lined in a stretchy fabric with some body. I did use non-stretch interfacing along the button holes center front however.
I've had the fabric for over two years. I'm slowly working through my stash to cut it down.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Standard stuff for me: sway back, short waist.
Next time I would add the length I took out in the waist and add it to the bottom hem. This jacket kind of hits me right at my widest point.
I didn't add the zippers because this was planned as a muslin. I will def. do that next time though.
I extended the weird semi-flounce in the peplum to a full circle. The photos don't show it that well, but it's really cute the way the folds lay.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I want this in a standard black to bring with me in the evenings when we got out to dinner.
Great jacket, I'm surprised not more people have sewn this up. It's OOP, but if you still have it, take a crack at it! The pattern drafting is impeccable. I wouldn't recommend it to beginner's though, or even anyone who is sewing their first jacket. There are quite a few very curved seams to sew around which take a bit of experience.