|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, unlined duster has optional shoulder pads, bias, two-piece sleeves with stitched hem, turn-back cuff, side slits, bias placket and snap closing. B: upper/lower pockets. Very loose-fitting, tapered pants have elasticized waist, stitched hems and back slits. A, B, C: topstitching.|
I made the duster.
Pattern Sizing: A - J. I made a combined C and D. I cut out a C everywhere, except I cut at D at the side seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close.
Front, on me
Back, on me
Got your back, Jack (back FACE-ing)
Closeup of double pockets
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did use the instructions, though I made quite a few changes to the order and to some of the techniques. But they were good.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like how the upper torso is fitted, though the pattern SAYS is it "very loose fitting". That is not true in the upper torso, though it is very loose fitted through the waist and hips. And then it flares out in a nice way. I like the side slits, which I raised by 3".
I did have a few problems with the pattern. The sleeve head is too small for the armscye. I widened it by 1", but that wasn't quite enough and I did have problems setting in the sleeve. I think it's strange that the front placket is cut on the bias - over time, this can distort with wear.
The 2pc sleeves are also cut on the bias. This garment requires a lot of fabric, partly because of the bias sleeves, but also because of the length.
Fabric Used: A 100% 2-color linen in natural and marine blue.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Besides the alterations I've already mentioned, I also narrowed the shoulder by 1". The pattern has a very small bust dart, but I added a 1" FBA, for an increase of 2" in width.
I also made the patch pockets larger. (There are two patch pockets, one on top of the other. The smaller one peeks out the top of the larger one.) I made the pockets larger so that I could capture more of the Geisha's face when I cut it out.
I finished most all of the seams with bias binding.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I really like this pattern.
Conclusion: A fun pattern. But if you do make it, measure the torso to make sure there is enough ease. Also check the fit of the sleeve into the armscye. More on the blog.