|Pattern Description: These jeans-style jackets have a front and back yoke along with a three panel front and back. They feature pockets in the yoke seams with flaps, two-part sleeves, and topstitching details. View B has a waistband and cuffs. Suggested fabrics include cotton, twill, denim, gabardine, and linen. |
I sewed View B, the classic jeans jacket look, in size Medium.
Pattern Sizing: XS - XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes - exactly!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very. They are well-written and are, IMHO, in the right order of construction!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really only have likes: View B has all the elements of a traditional short jeans jacket. It is 'easy' to sew, particularly as it uses faux flat-felled seams, instead of the real thing (in the faux approach, double top-stitching simulates a flat-felled seam). The pattern pieces fit together really nicely, all the notches lined up, and no mystery challenges appeared - gosh, it was fun to sew!
Not a dislike, but a sizing note: I don't plan to close my jacket, which is a good thing - the bottom width is fairly narrow. Worth checking before you cut! An adjustment would be straight forward.
Fabric Used: I used a cotton denim, actually the leftover panel from my new Merete curtains from IKEA! At 57" wide and 93" long, it was perfect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made only a few changes, mostly just to suit me.
- Left off the pocket bag - the pocket is not going to be used, so why bother!
- Did away with the buttoned cuff approach and used a closed cuff. I used the original cuff pattern, but shortened it's circumference by 3/4" and took some soft gathers in the base of the sleeve to fit.
- Since the right facing is always turned back just below the collar, I sewed the top buttonhole on the 'wrong' side. This way, the 'pretty' side of that buttonhole is on top.
- And I also cut the undercollar on the bias instead of on the grainline. It's amazing how much easier it is to work with, when there's no collar stand.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm sure I'll sew this again, probably in a colored denim. I would like to bind all the inside seams in a ditsy cotton print, I think it would be so cute. And I definitely recommend it.
Conclusion: Great little jacket, perfect over just about anything. More on my blog!