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Vogue Patterns: 8931 (Misses' Jacket) - Type:Coat/Jacket    printable version
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Posted on:12/25/13 1:44 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8931 by velosewer

Vogue Patterns: 8931 by velosewer  Vogue Patterns: 8931 by velosewer  
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Pattern Description:
Loose-fitting, lined jacket has collar variations, peplum, and two-piece sleeves. A and B: flaps and concealed, fly button closing.
I've made view C in one solid colour fabric.
Pattern Sizing:
6-14. This jacket is size 8 at the shoulders and size 10 at the waist and hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did and I love how it fits.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions opened my eyes to another way to finish a fully lined jacket. The whole jacket is enclosed but the downside is having to slip stitich on the lining sleeves.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the colour blocking ability of this pattern. The collar and opening versions in this pattern are handy to have in your pattern stash.
I have a sway back so I need shaping at the centre back, therefore, I cut the centre back as a seam and not on the fold. This gave me the shaping I needed.
Take a closer look at the fit changes.
The sleeve shaping seemed a bit high under the arm so I graded it to a 10.
The shoulder line is longer than my shoulders so I have taken off 1.5 cm fron the shoulder point to mid way down the front of the arm shape.
The two piece sleeve uses easing instead of a dart at the elbow. I prefer a dart at the elbow but I stuck to using the easing in this pattern.
Fabric Used:
Cotton linen-like woven from Minerva Crafts UK. This fabric washes well, irons nicely, has strong colour fastness and is great for summer especially if you work in an air-con office. I had my jacket professionally pressed and it looks RTW.

As shocking as it sounds, I actually did test this pattern using calico. I avoid using calico when testing new patterns but for a jacket like this, I felt it needed to be tested for fit and to practice the construction techniques. This made all the difference when I made up the real jacket.
The test version.
I suggest using the test jacket to practice the bound button hole suggested by Vogue. I didn't do this and ended up making a normal machine buttonhole, but I'll go back and master this because bound buttonholes are really impressive.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did the usual for me: roll shoulder adjustment, sway back adjustment, sleeve shortened.

On testing I checked my alignment of the darts. My test sewing was a bit too slack so I marked the real fabric properly. The sharpness of this pattern depends on aligning the darts. Well it does to me
I shortened the bust darts on testing the pattern.

You know the pocket detailing on views A and B, well, these aren't real pockets. And I love pockets on jackets so I added a pocket at the waist seam with an invisible zip. This is a work jacket so I wanted some where to put some spare change or phone, so now I have a spot for these built into this jacket.
Here's a pocket close up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think so, especially now that I can wear it and it feels so nice to wear with the matching trousers. But I think I need to make it up in a print like Sew Luva did. Her jacket looks very refreshing and fun.
In a future version, I can see myself using metal zippers on the pockets a cooler, biker chic feel.
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Twinset said...
12/25/13 4:24 PM
Jrhee said...
Awesome job!
12/25/13 5:25 PM
Skye said...
great looking jacket
12/25/13 6:00 PM
carolynw said...
Looks very, very nice. Your blog certainly is very helpful for anyone making this jacket. Must get this pattern
12/25/13 6:20 PM
bigalsgal said...
Love it! And it's in the Pantone 2014 color radiant orchid-FABULOUS!
12/25/13 6:28 PM
SewLibra said...
Wonderful jacket and review! I like the way you did the padded collar and the zippers are a great idea.
12/25/13 7:22 PM
MrsCharisma said...
This is really nice! Love the whole suit but great fit in that jacket. The inside is pretty too!
12/25/13 7:22 PM
Re Becca said...
Great job! The fit looks perfect, that waistline is so slimming and those pockets are very chic.
12/27/13 5:59 PM
Lenarciak said...
I am speachless! gorgeaous!
1/31/14 3:56 AM
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