Pattern Description: This review is for View B-- the 3/4 length sleeve unlined peplum jacket.
Pattern Sizing: 8-18. I made a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so on the outside... but I lined my jacket.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the directions are very easy to follow along. I used them almost completely.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I know peplums are probably a bit overdone these days but I've always found them to be flattering for a figure with a fuller rear or hips. This pattern is fairly simple to work with. I'd not sewn up a New Look pattern before. After reading multiple reviews for various New Look patterns, I saw their sizing was inconsistent so I made a muslin to work on detailing my fit. Of course, like all the other huge commercial pattern companies the sizing doesn't match up with their sizing suggestions on the envelope. No big surprise as it's a Simplicity company. According to the envelope I should have cut a 16/18. I made a (slightly altered) 14.
Fabric Used: I used a poly floral brocade for the outer fabric and lined it with a cotton/poly blend for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I fully lined my jacket. I did A LOT of hand sewing here. I rejected the machine for a hand-sewn blind hem along with hand-sewing the lining into the jacket itself almost in its entirety. I was sure to add that little overlap in the back of the lining to create comfort and ease in movement when I wear the jacket. I chose to not line the peplum as all those layers in the pleating was just too thick and sloppy looking. You can see photo details of my jacket and lining here on my blog.
The only major change outside of lining it was reducing the width of each shoulder by about 3/4" (1.9 cm) to get the shoulders on point. I have fairly broad shoulders, too, so I was a little surprised with this alteration.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I likely will not sew it again as it's a very specific style. I made this jacket for a sewing competition sponsored by Fabric Mart. I likely would have not chosen this fabric on my own but is was part of the challenge the competition had-- work with the fabric that Fabric Mart supplied me. I ended up really liking it!.
I do recommend this. It's not that hard to sew, especially if you are not making up a lining to put inside.