Fitted, unlined jacket has collar, pockets and stitched hems. A and C: purchased trim
Misses 8-16 (and 16-24); I cut a size straight 16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! Well, I made the shorter blazer with long sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Everything was fine until it was time to get to the collar. I was VERY confused. It is not clear what you're supposed to do with the pieces. And they treated the two collar pieces separately when it was pretty much like a collar and facing.
Then the area where the front facing/collar/shoulder seam is just odd. You can see where it's not perfectly set there...I have some rippling or something.
This being my first jacket I was pretty much relying on their directions. I want to try to different blazer pattern so I can get the construction part down.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shaping and the sizing seems to be done well. I matched pretty well to the bust/waist/hip measurement of the size 16 and it fits nicely in those areas.
I love the patch pockets because well...I love pockets AND my iPhone fits perfectly in them. I think the elbow darts are interesting on the sleeve.
You can clearly see it on the pattern envelope...the pockets are set back a bit, closer to the side seams than I'd like. If I had paid attention I could have moved them forward a bit but now that they're on...I'm not detaching them!
I was also glad that the sleeves didn't need a ton of easing to set.
Ponte knit in charcoal grey from FabricMart ($4.80 for 2 yards - jacket used less than that).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Thus far, no pattern changes. I SHOULD have done a narrow shoulder adjustment.
Otherwise, I topstitched about 1" down from the top of the pocket. I wished I'd used double thread to make it stand out a bit more.
I also had a hard time sewing the button holes. Oy!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I want to find a navy/white striped knit to make another version and possibly a black one.
I would recommend it for a quick project. It did not take long at all to cut or sew. If you have jacket construction experience then the collar might not faze you. If you're a beginner, holy cow. Get some help on the collar.
I wore it out all day yesterday and it was comfy. I didn't even slip stitch the facings in place yet and didn't have to deal with them flipping out on me. I will slip stitch it in place though. I ended up wearing it with the sleeves rolled up to help with some of that excess shoulder fabric. It makes it more casual so the slight bagginess isn't an issue.