Pattern Description: This wonderfully knit jacket is a must for all occasions. Easy to wear and easy to make. Enjoy the complimentary hook & eyes included with the pattern.
My size 8 pattern was about 21.5" from back of neck to hem.
Pattern Sizing:4-30, I made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I didn't know if I would be able to pull off this style or not so I took a chance when I bought this pattern. I can make it work when I wear it with my stretch bengaline Style Arc Barbs but I didn't like how it looked with the Allison skirt (which is one of the pattern envelope styling ideas).
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part. I didn't understand why they said to do a "french seam" for the center back neck seam - isn't this a technique usually reserved for lightweight fabrics such as voile and chiffon? I just sewed the seam as usual and pressed it open.
I had a really hard time sewing the patch on with my sewing machine due to the hook sticking up. I ended up sewing it on by hand.
The pattern comes with a complimentary set of hooks and eyes. You can also purchase a very similar set here: Dritz Coat Hook & Eyes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: very quick to make since there's no hemming involved. Uses ponte and low stretch, winter weight knits. The front wrap is useful for chilly fall mornings.
Dislikes: Be careful what you wear on the bottom, as this jacket has a lot of volume to it. The back also tends to swing out. I also didn't like how it looked on me when closed.
Recommended fabrics are "ponte and any stable knit with some weight and drape". They say you can even make it out of a silk. I made 3 different versions, all out of different fabrics. After experimenting with a bunch of fabrics I think the ideal fabrics have these properties:
A good drape
Does not roll at the edges after being cut
Some body to it - this is not a fitted jacket (I would consider it semi-fitted) and if the fabric doesn't have some heft to it the jacket won't have the proper structure
Both sides should be attractive - eliminates many, if not most prints
Personally I find this pattern is a good match for those knits that are too heavy for the average knit top.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:My fitting adjustments were doing a 3/8" broad back adjustment and taking in the center back seam (the amount differed on the blue version vs the purple due to the amount of fabric stretch). I think I took in the center back seam 1.5" for the purple version and 3" for the royal one. I also lengthened the sleeves 1", added 3/4" width to the sleeves, and added 1" to the front hips.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Even though I'm not 100% happy with how it looks on me I keep finding myself wearing it due to how practical (and warm!) it is. So I will probably find myself making it again at some point!