|Pattern Description: |
A casual blazer featuring 3/4 length sleeves, a turned-up French-seamed cuff, and side seam pockets, with cropped and sleeveless variations. Designed with a generous amount of ease for a laid-back style. I made the full-length version with sleeves.
Comes in US sizes 2-16 (UK sizes 6-20). I made the US 10, same as the UK 14, and it was just right (I didn't want it too oversized). For reference, I usually make a size 14 in Vogue patterns, and a size 42 in patterns from Burda magazine.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I did this as part of By Hand London's sew-along, so I had the benefit of extra online instructions, but the instructions in the pattern booklet are clear and complete. Beginners might want to keep in mind that you'll want to work carefully to ease in fullness at some stages, especially along the neckline seam and when setting in the sleeves. I found that the lack of ease stitching on the sleeve cap meant that I had to use a lot of pins there.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Lots of likes. I love the tidy and creative packaging of the pattern. The vertical darts that blend right into the neckline seam are a nice detail. The lapels and collar are clean and easy to make. The French-seamed cuff is great, and the lining is a breeze to attach and means no hemming is necessary.
A marine-blue printed rayon/linen blend with a somewhat crisp hand, and a pale blue cotton lawn for the lining, both from Mood Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None. The instructions mention that you can use either your outer fabric or the lining fabric for the pockets. I started with pockets made of the lining, but even though the pocket seams are set in from the side seams, I felt the pockets gapped open a little too easily and showed the pale lining material, so I ripped those pockets out and redid them with the outer fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I need more than one of these (more fitted jacket styles generally work better on me), but this jacket was a pleasure to make and I highly recommend it.
This is a great pattern: it's easy to sew, it has interesting details, and it's stylish and versatile.
back, with hands in pockets
You can see more details and photos on my blog.