|Pattern Description: Jumper with scoop neckline, back zipper, knee length|
Pattern Sizing: to 28 W
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The jumper is much longer on me, and I'm average height - 5'4"
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Like: Very few pieces, just the front, back and the "facings" for the armholes and neck seem to be bias strips of the fabric. Those bias strips account for a lot of the required yardage. I was able to squeeze in my size 24/28 on a little over 2 yards instead of the well over 3 that is shown on the pattern back.
Fabric Used:Polyester Gabardine that I've had in the stash for maybe 20 years. Basic Black
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Cut out 4" shorter than shown, put in a 4" hem, and it's still longer than I was planning. Started with size 24 at the shoulders and work up to size 28 at the hip. Reducing the bust darts for A cup.
Construction: the directions for adding the bias fabric facings call for folding the facing in half and sewing the raw edge to the right side of the raw edge of neck and arm openings. Then folding all to the inside and stitching the edge of the facing down. This puts 5 layers of fabric (minus what is trimmed off) thickness around the neck and arms. I'm not sure what to call what I did, but I sewed one edge of facing to the garment raw edge, right sides together. Then turned facing and seam allowance to the inside, folding the facing under the seam allowance, and top stitched from the right side along the fold edge of the facing. This gives 4 layers, and with the gabardine I used, that was bulky enough. It has real structure.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes
Conclusion: Cut shorter it will need lots less fabric than on the pattern envelope. It reminds me of "Teacher-wear" - what elementary school teachers wear that is durable and easy to wear with fun tops and jewelry. Kind of a blank canvas for showcasing other wardrobe pieces like an awesome jacket or scarf.
Finishing update: I'm waiting to take photos 'till I can get the wrinkles out of it. I think the long storage of the Gabardine, sometimes in a hot attic, may have permanently set some of the folds. So, it's hanging by the shower, getting steamed 2 or 3 times a day......