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Posted on:3/14/14 6:43 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular Petite 
Project Photo:Islander Sewing Systems: 218 by Annette Wright

Islander Sewing Systems: 218 by Annette Wright  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $22.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Denim  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Jacket Express is a grown-up version of the blue jean jacket, but it's not just for denim!
Jacket Express is a grown-up version of the blue jean jacket, but it's not just for denim! The hemline has been dropped and rounded to flatter all figure types. Seams are finished with optional double topstitching for the classic sportswear look. Instructions for the Jacket Express are created for faster construction by using a unique, out of traditional sequence construction order and simple ready-to-wear techniques.

Pattern Sizing:XXs- 4X, I sewed an M

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?I took it as a Craftsy class and followed the video and the booklet. The pattern instructions are in a booklet (rather than a large sheet of paper like most instructions). The Craftsy class was really easy to follow as I could go back and review portions of it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It's not really an easy item to sew. The pattern isn't necessarily difficult, but all the top-stitching can drive a person bonkers. The seams were all prepared at a certain size, so there was no trimming down, but there was also no fitting possible while sewing it.

Luckily I picked the right size from the start.

Fabric Used:A Denim from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I used a straight size M based on my measurements, but I added 2" totally to the hips, so 1/2" at each side seam only. It was the perfect choice for me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, I will sew it again, but I still have to recuperate from the top-stitching. I would use a little lighterweight fabric and make the top-stitching not be so visible, just to take the stress off of the sewing. My stitching is almost as perfect as it can be....but that was a lot of hard work.

Conclusion: The Craftsy class was $19 on sale and the pattern was included. If you're interested in the jacket, definitely wait for a sale and buy it. I also looked at the finished class items and they all look awesome, so I think it was a great investment.
Available for sale on PR: $22.95 (See envelope)Click to Buy
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Chris Bryant said...
Your jacket looks great
3/14/14 8:30 PM
Judy Kski said...
Your jacket looks really nice. You did a great job on the topstitching.
3/14/14 8:30 PM
nothy lane said...
Fabulous jacket - love the fit.
3/14/14 8:48 PM
diane s said...
thanks for the review, I've signed for the CC but haven't watched it yet
3/14/14 8:56 PM
Sew Good said...
Really nice! I like the rounded edges on the collar and pocket flaps. Fits you perfectly too!
3/14/14 11:39 PM
Muggiesew said...
Fab jacket. Thanks for the review. I have this on my wish list but will work up strength for the tops stitching. Thanks for the tip,
3/15/14 3:29 AM
Dilliander said...
Lovely to see your version of this jacket and great job with the top stitching.
3/15/14 4:22 AM
JDpenelope said...
Your topstitching looks perfect. What a good deal you found on craftsy. Great jacket.
3/15/14 6:18 AM
JDpenelope said...
Oops. Duplicate. .
3/15/14 6:18 AM
sewtoogie said...
Your jacket looks great! What was the name of the class you took? Thanks!
3/15/14 11:05 AM
sewtoogie said...
Your jacket looks great! What was the name of the class you took? Thanks!
3/15/14 11:05 AM
Annette Wright said...
The class is "Garment Industry Secrets" with Janet Pray.
3/15/14 11:40 AM
wimmie said...
I bought this craftsy class when it was $19.00 also, but haven't used it yet. thanks for this review. can always use the inspiration.
3/15/14 12:22 PM
Hilary said...
Looks amazing!! Great job!
3/15/14 12:46 PM
Laima1956 said...
Great job!!! I made this jacket with the Craftsy classtoo, and like you, was amazed at how easily it cametogether and what a flattering fit. I think I'll make my next one in denim - love yours!
3/15/14 11:16 PM
Michele Lommasson said...
You did a fabulous job. I made this jacket too, with the class. I enjoyed it so much.
3/16/14 1:13 PM
busyozmum said...
Great jacket and great review. Thank you. I bought this class some time ago but still haven't made my jacket. Your finished jacket inspires me to go work on mine.
3/16/14 11:28 PM
sewtoogie said...
Thank you off to buy the class!
3/17/14 0:56 AM
ASiverson said...
I just received my pattern in the mail and am enrolled in the class. Your jacket looks great! TFS!
3/17/14 11:03 AM
Quickie said...
Beautiful jacket. You look great
3/20/14 1:46 AM
KCstl said...
I just completed watching the videos and received my pattern in the mail today. I've been reading the reviews online and many of them mention the sleeves are too long and that the jacket is a bit boxy. I'm considering making size L. Does the jacket curve in at the waist at all or is it a a straight line from bust to hem?
6/6/14 9:51 PM
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