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Size 10 -- no alterations done, whatsoever!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made significant changes...so, KIND of.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions in the printed pattern are confusing, miss a couple points and are skimpy (even for someone who's done a lot of sewing). Among the couple things I found are, it indicates Collar "A," but doesn't say anything about the collar for view B. It says to sew the lining to the collar, but then is unclear about sewing the finish-fabric side of the collar. Going to the Sewaholic Web site and reading the sew-a-long notes and viewing photos was very helpful, although I didn't do that until AFTER I muddled my way through.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Very flattering!!! The fit is well designed and I didn't have to make any alterations (where I always have to do something to make the sleeve bigger over the bicep, or adjust length). Once you see the construction from the Web site, you can appreciate the clever construction and fit details. The placket and hemming is clean and interesting. I like the top-stitching. It is a darling pattern, very girlie in the gathered sleeve cap and the gathering at the neckline. There is a gap in the gathering at the back of the neck, which is a great idea that keeps it from adding unflattering bulk to the back of your neck. I am going to make a billion more of these.
The exterior is a quilt-weight cotton (with a one-way design and big repeat) I've had for over five years (bought for 75% off when the AWESOME Beverly Fabrics on Bascom in San Jose closed, truly a dark day). The lining is a poly lining from Hancock Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
(I hope you can follow along in my long notes!) I did view B, which has the collar-only. Against the recommendation on the pattern, I used a one-way design fabric that makes my knees weak to look at . But I was so starry-eyed, I didn't pay attention to the fact that I laid the back pattern piece upside-down, with the little geishas head-down! Fortunately, the top of the back piece and hemline of the back are not hugely different in width. To fix it, I turned the pattern piece upside-down on the cut fabric, re-drew the lines, then pieced together a wider bit (with the thank-God-I have JUST ENOUGH to do this piece and added it to the new hem.
I didn't do a cuff, since the "line" of the jacket seemed more dressy with the fabric I used.
I didn't do a zipper and need to still figure out what I want (maybe one single button at empire-height? No button, just belt it? Nothing, just leave it open? I'm going to wear this to work as a long-jacket kind of thing and don't need any closure). So, I used the placket, but made them extend past the collar, so the collar looks more like a traditional collar. I didn't extend the placket all the way up the collar.
Because I couldn't figure out the collar-lining-HOW-DOES-THIS-GO-TOGETHER-step, I ended up sewing the lining pieces together and trying to figure out HOW to attach it to the jacket, then adding a long strip to the neck edge of the lining, folding it under, then sewing the lining onto the jacket at the neck edge from the exterior, along where the fabric collar attaches to the jacket (YES. HORROR STORY. AND NO CLOSE-UPS OF THAT, I can tell you.). I did not do the elastic waist, so no waistline casing.
I tucked the lining into the hem allowance and sewing the hem by machine, catching the lining in it. Because I didn't use the cuff, I folded up the raw edge of the sleeve 1", folded it under again, tucked in the raw edge of the sleeve lining, then sewed through it all by machine == MAJORLY clean way of doing it.
And, I lucked out that the pattern repeats kind of line up across from sleeve to sleeve with the front and back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
EVERYbody should try one of these (with the warning to read the sew-a-long first). Also, it's so awesome, you'll want to keep it "good," so I suggest tracing it onto your fabric or copying it onto something else if you like to cut through a pattern and fabric simultaneously.
This is such a flattering fit and so attractive, it is an excellent deal in a pattern. The length is perfect, even for a shrimp like me. Sometimes I buy a $3.99 Vogue pattern and feel like I wasted money. I did a double-take when I paid full price for this pattern, but it's worth way more than that. My next one will be more quilt-weight fabric (koi on a black background!!).