Pattern Description: Jackie has a very flattering A-line silhouette and wide 3/4 length raglan sleeves. It is fully lined and features single welt pockets, turn-up cuffs, contoured collar and asymmetric button closure with bound buttonholes. This pattern is for sale by Lena Merrin (link above) - I don't know why PR is saying it is not for sale. I changed the category from self-drafted (which is the category from Lena's original review of her pattern) to other so people didn't think I drafted it myself.
Pattern Sizing: RTW 6 - 16 in Australian Sizing. From a 32" bust to a 42" bust. I made a size 8, which equates to my 34" bust and it was a perfect fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yep. For some of the trickier steps there is a link to the website for detailed step by step tutorials. The instructions do assume a certain level of knowledge.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The shape is so flattering, it fit together like a dream. I really love the welt pockets and the bagged lining.
Fabric Used: A medium weight wool from fabric.com with nice drape.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Slightly tapered the sleeve shoulder darts to fit my small sloping shoulders. Otherwise, this fit me out of the packet, which is a first for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew it again and again. I absolutely would recommend this to others.
Conclusion: This jacket is amazingly comfortable but looks very classy and elegant despite its easy fit and looks great worn casually or dressed up. The instructions include how to sew a professionally fully bagged lining which looks amazing and so professional. The welt pockets and bound buttonholes are a little tricky but this could easily be sewn without them or with patch pockets making this an ideal beginners pattern as well as a fun challenge for intermediate sewers. I rate myself an advanced beginner and had no trouble with it at all and it is probably the most professionally finished garment I have made. Like many indi-pattern companies, Lena is passionate about her work and provided support while I was making it via twitter with helpful suggestions on fabric and interfacing choice - the kind of service you don't get with the Big4. I've blogged about it in more detail here...