Loose-fitting jacket has contrast reverse side, front extending into collar, collar, front, sleeve, and lower bands, side front seams, welt pockets, darted sleeve cap, no shoulder seams and topstitching. Bands cut on crosswise grain of fabric. I made the shorter view A.
Misses 4-26. I made the size M (12-14).
Recommended fabrics are wool jersey, sweatshirt fleece, and double knit. The pattern requires a non-raveling fabric, preferably one that does not curl excessively at the cut edges. I used a wool double knit with one side having a "boucle" type finish, and the other side having a smooth finish with visible stripes, extremely similar to the pattern envelope photo fabric. I'm pretty sure I picked up the double knit at Metro Textiles.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the sleeve by about an inch.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I was somewhat dubious of making the welt pocket in such a heavy spongy fabric, but I think they turned out well. The collar and bands all have raw edges, and the seams are finished by pressing to one side and topstitching. The sleeves are raglan in style and easy to attach. Even though there are a lot of different pieces and sections, this pattern was quick and easy to sew, the only fussy part being the welt pockets.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The sleeves are surprisingly tight for a jacket. Since my jacket is wool, I would like to wear it over a top with sleeves, and the tight sleeves make that a bit tricky. The collar is also quite broad, so I think this would work best with a turtleneck, at least for my wool version. While the pattern makes good use of double-sided knits, it is rare to come across a fabric that is non-raveling, double-sided, and has the correct amount of stretch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a distinctive pattern, and I don't need multiples. I would recommend it to others - beginners could omit the pockets if desired.