|Pattern Description: jean jacket with topstitiching and welt pockets, rounded hem.|
This pattern is included in the Craftsy class: Sew Better, Sew Faster so I made it along with the Craftsy class (sort of, I watched about half of it, then made the jacket, and then went back and watched the rest)
pattern is multi-sized, XS (bust 36") through 4X (bust 60")
if you are wearing anything below size 10 in Big 4 sizes it will be very roomy, but it would be ideal for the other sizes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes pretty much, their pattern photos are in very busy prints and make it difficult to see the jacket.
Their pattern styling is a bit frumpy? but if you can look past the fabrics I think it is a great little basic jacket.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were excellent. It is a booklet (rather than just an instruction sheet) and tells you exactly which steps to do, in what order, with very good illustrations. The instructions also include a lot of tips on how to sew, time-saving techniques etc.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern went together very quickly, all the pieces matched perfectly.
The style is a bit roomy and boxy for my taste but I have worn it lots since I finished it so maybe the style is growing on me. It really is a great jacket for a casual outfit and the pockets make it practical. I like collared jackets for summertime, for example air conditioning on a airplane or movie theater always make me cold - so a lightweight jacket with a collar is perfect. and since it is not in a fussy fabric you can just toss it in a tote bag.
Fabric Used: very soft denim, I bought it at a thrift store so not sure what weight, my guess is about 6 oz. denim. It had no lycra and that was perfect. I don't think they recommend fabrics with stretch but it could be done.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made the pattern exactly as it because I wanted to see how it worked out, with a view to making this for my mom. I think for her I would make the size medium however note that the sleeves are a bit long so check that before cutting out. I might take the side seams in a little bit if I make another version for myself.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am very likely to sew it again as it sews up very fast. The theory behind these Islander sewing patterns is speed and some industrial techniques, not pinning when you stitch and it works quite well (with these patterns).
A great easy jacket to make, and a nice way to learn how to do a welt pocket (instructions for that step are very good)
I did a couple of blog posts on this jacket,
First blog post, photos of completed jacket and a few details
Second blog post, review of the Craftsy class and more photos and jacket inside details