|I. can't. stop. making. coats. It's a problem. Or maybe it's a blessing. Who knows? But all I know that I love making them. This is my second jacket. I loved my first one so much, I read everything I could about jacket construction and now I'm on a coat making mission. |
Front view with zipper open
Back side...oh dear, needs a press
Lining...oh my, it looks like she's flashing someone
Semi-fitted, lined jacket with optional shoulder pads (which I didn't use), front variations, and topstitching.
6-14. I made the 6. It's fits well at the bust (I'm an A+/B- cup, and usually wear a RTW 2, if that helps) - it's a boxy coat, so the waist is loose.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Oh my squash. For the love of everything sacred in this world (like rainbows, and bunnies, and champagne) don't follow the instructions. Yikes man. I looked at them briefly, gasped in horror and then constructed the jacket like I normally do (I'm SUPER into jacket construction lately). There is so much unnecessary hand stitching for things that could easily be done by machine. I ended up only hand stitching about 3-inches in total at the bottom hem where I bagged the lining.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was looking for a princess seam jacket patten to use as a base to make a "moto"-like jacket.
This really lovely teal cotton brushed denim-like twill from FabricMart. It is so soft. Holy heck is it sOOoOOooooO soft. The lining is an nylon taffeta ikat. I had extra from a skirt I made and thought it popped with the teal.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I mentioned I didn't follow their directions. I have a method for jacket construction that is almost entirely by machine, clean, and can be pumped out relatively quickly. I think I clocked about 2-hours sewing time for this lil' sucker.
I also drafted a facing for the lining because I didn't want the lining fabric to butt up to the neckline.
I added 3-inches to the sleeve length. I'm glad I did - the sleeve ends nicely between my wrist and base knuckle of my thumb.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's a decent little pattern. Next time I'm planning on taking in the waist a little at the princess and side seams (it's a little boxy for me) and scooping out the front neckline a little bit. I also topstitched all the vertical seams on either side, which I liked a lot, but my thread was so close in color you can barely see it. I'd like to see it more next time.
Oh jackets, here I come. I'm just mad for statement coats/jackets.