|My friend, Phylly, and I got together for the weekend, and we made this jacket pattern. I found that unlike the advice from Louise, that Phylly and I both had to make several alterations to get this jacket to fit us correctly. I have heard Louise say several times -- and she has posted the same comment at Stitcher's Guild -- that her patterns do NOT require the usual alterations. I have made three of her top patterns, and they ALL required the usual alterations that I make for myself. One required more round back, and this one required none. I suppose I could just have the world's oddest body, however. (-;|
I LOVE the style of this pattern. It would be quite simple if not for all the topstitching. You certainly would not have to do that, but it makes the jacket very classy. It was difficult to get the collar tips EXACTLY right, but if you fiddle with them, you can do it.
I don't have a real good photo of it yet, but I do have one that I took just before Phylly went home. Neither of them has the buttons. Mine might have a taped-on sample of a button, but it isn't what I used. I'll put a better picture here when I wear the jacket.
As in ALL of Louise's patterns (Cutting Line Designs), the instructions are plentiful and carefully written along with excellent illustrations by Louise. Louise's patterns allow for a lot of ease, and I don't like a lot of ease, so that may be part of the reason I have to make the usual adjustments which for me, are:
Full Bust Adjustment -- Shoulder Slope Adjustment -- Sway Back Adjustment -- Low Shoulder Adjustment
I did NOT have to do the 3/8" round back adjustment for myself, but Phylly definitely needed one as hers is usually 1 1/2". Her jacket hiked up quite a bit in the center back hem area. She had to lower the narrow hem allowance, so wasn't able to totally correct the problem.
Both garments required shoulder pads. Not sure if the pattern suggests them or not.
If you would like to see a video-blog of our weekend sewing spree on this jacket, you can go here: