This review is for View C, the jacket with pockets. I left off the tab & buttons.
My daughter has a RTW cardigan which is similar to this but in a very thin knit so I decided to make this for her out of ponte which will be a bit warmer. This has turned out really well & I think ponte is pretty much the perfect fabric for this jacket!
I made a size 12 straight out of the envelope. Normally my DD would need an FBA but as this jacket doesn't do up, I didn't bother. Plus it would be tricky. It's a little big in the shoulders so I would adjust this if making it again.
I did find a mistake in the directions though. That floppy pocket (which is meant to be like that, BTW) is a pain. Simplicity tell you to turn the top of the pocket to the outside & sew the seam & then turn it right side out. Well, this is not necessary as the pocket is caught in the seams on both sides and just creates unneccessary bulk. Not to mention the diagrams don't match the instructions. So my advice would be to just skip step 2 completely. There is also a tuck in the top of the pocket that I would omit if using a bulky fabric like ponte.
The only other change I made was the side seams. They're supposed to be sewn first but I can't see any reason for that in this view. That then makes you ease the sleeve in the round. Erk. I sewed the side seams after doing the front band and sewed the sleeves in flat. Much happier with that. That also meant I had to change the order of the hemming too but that's no big deal.
Besides all that, the jacket is great and the front band sits beautifully. I have made the other version of this jacket (review still to come) & in a floppier fabric the band would need interfacing. But not in ponte. Love love love!
A really nice easy to sew jacket that looks stylish. I think my DD could wear this to job interviews as it looks quite professional. The advantage to making this jacket is once you have the pieces adjusted correctly, the same bits are used for View B. 2 jackets for the price of one. Thumbs up!