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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> 2183 (Misses' Easy to Sew Vest or Jacket)

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Posted on:5/9/14 11:14 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2183 by Passion4Sewing

Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2183
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
See other patterns in this category: Vests    Coat/Jacket    
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Fabric:Linen Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:

Several short jacket styles.

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, except I didn't put any closure in the front, so it stays open.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

I didn't really use them, but I'm sure they were fine.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I wanted a short jacket to help cover my shoulders. I made a narrow-strapped dress and thought the jacket would look nice with it. I liked the end result.

I had read the reviews before starting mine and was aware there might be some fitting issues. I found the body of the jacket was fine, but when I did a paper fitting of the sleeve, I found it too small.

Fabric Used:

I found a linen on Ebay that I thought looked great with the batik fabric from the dress. My younger daughter was going to graduate Clemson (chemical engineer...yeah!), so I wanted to stay with the orange/purple color scheme.

I found the gorgeous trim on Etsy

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Since the sleeve was tight, I split the pattern pieceand spread in a "V", the bottom about 1-1/2" more and the top about 2-1/2" wider so I could create a little cap. I'm not sure I liked it that way, but it did give me a bit more room across my wide back.

I added the trim. Instead of sewing the trim on, (I'm not sure other than hand-tacking how that could happen) I had to trim the net backing and glue it back, then I used Fabri-Tak glue to attach to edge of jacket.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I think so. It went together pretty quickly and was easy to embellish. I would definitely recommend it to others with the disclaimer about the sleeve fitting.

My step-daughter and me
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kushami said...
You and your daughter share the same lovely smile! Your outfit is great with the school colours. Congratulations to your daughter :-)
5/10/14 5:23 AM
Pj3g said...
Wonderful photo of you both! Beautiful jacket--goes with your dress just perfect!
5/10/14 8:41 AM
annakeeton said...
Thanks for highlighting this pattern. This is a sweet mother-daughter pic.
5/10/14 8:44 AM
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