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Vogue Patterns: 1356 (Misses' Duster and Pants) - Type:Coat/Jacket    printable version
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Reviewed by:JillyBe
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Posted on:10/25/13 5:11 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 1356 by JillyBe

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Available for sale on PR: $27.50 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Pattern Description: (from pattern envelope) "Very loose-fitting, unlined duster has optional shoulder pads, bias, two-piece sleeves with stitched hem, turn-back cuff, side slits, bias placket and snap closing." My notes: Surprise! A pattern described as "very loose-fitting" by Vogue is actually more fitted than baggy! With fish-eye darts in the back & bust darts, there is some waist definition, and the bias sleeves give a more fitted sleeve than one might normally expect from Sandra Betzina (I actually widened the sleeves a bit)

Pattern Sizing: MANY sizes! A to J; Bust of 32" to 55", waist from 26.5" to 50.5" I cut a B at the shoulders (and still narrowed them by 1"), expanding to a C at waist & hips. I did NOT do my usual sloping shoulder adjustment - Betzina builds in a certain amount of narrow & sloping shoulder into her patterns, designing for the more "mature" figure

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The overall shape looks very much the same. I made a number of styling changes, in the pocket and with silk-screening. I admit that the pattern envelope did not appeal to me at all, but after seeing shams' 'Geisha Face' version I jumped on this pattern & couldn't wait to make my own. My version was, admittedly, heavily influenced by hers, especially since we had the same take on what we liked & didn't like about the finishing instructions.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is (surprising to me, since I have quite a few SB patterns) the first pattern I've actually made of hers. Her instructions are rather delightfully thorough (even though I chose not to use a number of her suggestions), and she gives a ton of hints that can be helpful for many levels of experience. Thumbs up on that!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the simplicity of the design - for a light-weight coat for cool summer or warm fall evenings, the collarless, barely closed design with side slits is perfect. The bias sleeves are also shaped nicely. I didn't understand why the plact is placed on the bias, so I didn't do it. I also didn't care for her instructions on the facing construction, which I also didn't follow.

Fabric Used: Linen, with silk-screening touches using Marcy Tilton's designs.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Narrowed the shoulders (starting with size B)
Expanded to size C at waist
Shortened the sleeves and the overall length by about 3"
Widened the sleeves (easy to do with the two-piece sleeves)
Extended the side slit
I like her pocket design, but I ended up using only one pocket, with a silk-screened piece stitched on to the pocket piece.
I finished the facing pieces with bias edging, and used Hong Kong finishes on the sleeve seams, for a finished look inside (since the coat is unlined)
Inside Front View

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will most likely sew this again! It's such a great warmish-weather cover-up; I think it would be great in the right cotton or even a loosely woven wool.

Conclusion: A simple but versatile pattern! For more pictures and construction details, please visit my blog post
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Sue Parrott said...
Oh, I love this! So pretty and your silk-screening is spot on!
10/25/13 6:45 PM
lamstu said...
Absolutely lovely! So much more appealing than the envelope photograph. The color palette and placement of the embellishments really enhances the overall design. The fit is also great.
10/25/13 9:08 PM
Barbara V said...
This is gorgeous, JillyBe! I love the simplicity of this style which you took full advantage of with your beautiful embellishments. Very creative! It looks lovely on you!
10/25/13 10:33 PM
marec said...
This is so cool looking-and a perfect piece for SF in the fall. Your work on this duster is so wonderful and I'm impressed with the embellishments. Really great!
10/25/13 11:33 PM
DorothyK said...
Soooo creative. Just gorgeous!
10/25/13 11:35 PM
Ann Smith said...
I love this on you.
10/25/13 11:45 PM
PattyE said...
I love this pattern...just waiting for the right fabric to come along. Your version is perfect!
10/26/13 10:37 AM
KarlaB said...
Great-looking duster! Love your silkscreening and fabric combo. Definitely a very versatile pattern and garment. I agree that your duster is way more appealing than the pattern photo! Great job!
10/26/13 2:01 PM
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