|Pattern Description: From Jalie.com: "Front-zip hip-length fleece jacket with long raglan sleeve, self-fabric cuff, two zippered hand pockets at front and optional decorative stripe at sleeve."|
Pattern Sizing: 21" bust to 52" bust. I made an S, which is one size larger than I measure.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were the standard Jalie instructions. I thought that the pocket zipper installation was a little hard to understand, but looking at the pictures and thinking about what it was supposed to look like got me through. I made this as a wearable muslin before I make the final one, and I'm glad I did.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The collar piece should be cut twice on fold, but isn't marked as such on the piece. That was really annoying.
I love the gigantic pockets, the clever construction in modules, and the RTW look.
Fabric Used: The really cheap fleece from Jo-ann's (I think it was 3.99 a yard because of the sale, with another discount on top of that.) The lining of the pockets is a blue ripstop nylon from Jo-ann's as well, left over from the bag I sewed recently.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't interface the collar. I didn't quite do the bottom zipper as they said, choosing to topstitch the corner down. The sleeves are too long for my stubby little T. Rex arms, so I doubled the entire cuff in instead of hemming it up one inch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have the pattern and the fabric for the next one (a workout jacket) in my on-deck sewing bin. I love this pattern.
(Besides, the gray fleece jacket that I wanted but couldn't bring myself to buy was over $50. This, with pattern, zippers, and fabric, was around $20. Prorating the pattern brings it closer to $15. Of course, with the amount of topstitching (and the nicer fleece they use), I think that the commercial one is not overpriced.)
Conclusion: Go forth and sew this jacket right away!