|Pattern Description: Fitted, unlined jacket has collar, collar band, yokes (no shoulder seams), seam detail with trim insertion, side front pockets, two-piece sleeves with slit, concealed front button closing with placket, and saddle stitching. Semi-fitted, tapered pants have contour waistband, carriers, side front pockets, fly front zipper, hem slit, and narrow hem. Topstitching. Jacket and pants waistband: Self bias binding finish.|
I made the jacket, though I made some changes.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22. It's fairly fitted and I used a size 14, then added an FBA.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Kind of sort of, but I made intentional changes. But I think it retained the vibe of the original design.
Closeup of back neck, with top stitching
Were the instructions easy to follow? Sure.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The seaming and the collar. There are lots of vertical seams, with lots of fitting opportunities. There is also a shoulder yoke. And the collar is fabulous. It folds back, but it has a separate pattern piece for the collar stand, but the stand doesn't come all the way to CF. It's very "RTW" in it's design and I like it.
Fabric Used: A novelty polyester fabric. It's very textured - both with a crinkle and with croco embossing. It ravels a lot. It wasn't hard to sew, but it had it's idiosyncrasies.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I converted the button closure to a zippered closure. I replaced the pockets with 3 angled zipper pockets. I added zippers and a zipper gusset to the sleeve hems. (The sleeves are 2-piece.) I added a 1" FBA. I narrowed the shoulders by 1". I drafted up a lining, as the jacket is intended to be unlined.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? You betcha! I think this is a great pattern with lots of potential. Grab it while it's in print!
Conclusion: This was a lot of fun. Margy (fool4fabric.blogspot.com) and I both sewed up the same fabric at the same time. The lining amuses me, both intentionally and unintentionally. More on the blog.