I hand-stitched this jacket in Alabama Chanin style.
MISSES' JACKET AND VEST: Semi-fitted, unlined jacket or vest has raised neckline, seam detail and shaped hemline. A: front-button closing. A and B: two-piece sleeves. B and C: raw edge finish, seams stitched on right side of fabric, and front snap closing.
Pattern Sizing: (4-12)
I cut the 10 of view B I used larger seam allowances on the sides when I realized it would not be a fitted as I would have liked. Next time I would cut an 8. I wear a 6 in RTW.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes with the exception of my changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy to follow. I believe the problem I had with the sleeves was due to operator error.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like: I love the seam lines in the back and the curved lines of the front. I also like that the back hem rises higher than the front.
Dislike: From the line drawings there does not appear to be gathers in the sleeves. There is gathering and they are bulky in front. Because they are two part sleeves I could not space them out the way I like. After fixing my problem with the sleeve, I still do not like the gathers there; it is not a deal breaker though.
Fabric Used: Double Layer of Slate Grey Jersey Cotton and stitched with Slate button and Craft thread.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made it to be fitted my body. I cut my size, to be safe, but ended up using an 1.5 seam allowance in the side seams (next time I will cut an 8).
I used a double layer of fabric throughout. I hand-sewed the entire jacket in Alabama Chanin style.
The seams are stitched once, then felled to the inside and top stitched.
I omitted the facing pieces and instead bound the front and neckline with a strip of jersey secured with a herringbone stitch.
I adjusted the snap positions to be sure the front would lay the way I wanted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I like this pattern. I may make it in wool in my regular size and on a machine. I would recommend it for those interested in sewing it in Alabama Chanin style.
Conclusion: I love the lines of this jacket. I am tremendously pleased with the way it turned out. I used my dress form continuously throughout the process of making of this jacket. The combination of making it fitted and in cotton jersey added a challenge I am not sure I would have overcome otherwise.