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Reviewed by:BlueSkysAhead
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Posted on:6/26/14 12:31 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2208 by BlueSkysAhead

Simplicity: 2208 by BlueSkysAhead  Simplicity: 2208 by BlueSkysAhead  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2208
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $3.99 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Polyester Woven  [See other projects in this fabric]
Fabric: Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
This pattern is for a jacket. It has three styles. Each style is very unique from each other. I am using the C version as a starting point for my rain jacket.

Pattern Sizing:
This pattern comes in sizes XS though XL in one envelope.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really from the front because of design changes I made. The back is similar. I didn't change too much there.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very easy for this jacket. I'm sure someone who is following this pattern could finish in less then a week end, if they use suggested fabric and design. I used a fabric I'm not familiar with and changed the design.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that this pattern has three different jackets. Each jacket IS not just a variation of one pattern. The pattern calls for fleece fabric. I have never used fleece but I hear it's easy to sew. I like all the steps and pictures this pattern has to help with the instructions.

Fabric Used:
I am using what fashion fabrics club calls rainwear fabric. It is 100% polyester and has a satin side and a side that looks like windbreaker jacket.


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed the seams on the inside and not using the bias tape trim detail. Instead I sewed the seams with 1/2 inch seam allowances and then top stitched with a double needle. Then I sealed all the seams with a seam sealer from a store on Amazon. The seam sealer is for tents and outdoor gear. I added side seam pockets, I think coats need pockets. I extended the front to make the coat a double breasted jacket, to help keep out the rain. I omitted the zipper and opted for a hook and eye closure. I guess I chickened out on making button holes. I worked so hard on this and wanted to keep it water proof. I just didn't know how to seal the button holes without it looking messy. I added a button to the neck line to close the top flap of the front of the jacket. I wanted a lining to cover the seam sealer and had to design that. This pattern doesn't have a lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan on sewing it again as the pattern suggests. I think its a nice pattern and would suggest it to others. I like all three styles and may some day try all of them. Bonus for multiple use patterns!!

Conclusion:
Finally done with my rain jacket. I was going to add a belt, but I think they get in the way so no belt. I like the princess lines and needed a hood, so I went with this pattern as a starting point. I'm not sure I am at the stage of sewing to change the design of patterns. I found it frustrating. I really like the finished project and have learned a lot!! I really enjoyed this contest because I would never have ventured into this project without the push of stating to the world, (or at least everyone on PR) I am going to make a rain jacket. LOL. Thanks PR!
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caper81 said...
Nice rain jacket!:) I just finished my rain jacket too, and I agree that this contest was a good way to push us out of our comfort zone!:)
6/26/14 6:29 PM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Thank you caper81. Looking forward to seeing your jacket.
6/26/14 8:17 PM
Pj3g said...
Looks great!
6/27/14 0:00 AM
PattyE said...
This looks like a great rain jacket.
6/27/14 5:25 PM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Thank you pj3g and PattyE
6/27/14 7:25 PM
Aroura said...
I have this pattern, and I love your take on it! Great job. :)
7/1/14 5:26 PM
Danmar said...
Very nice job! Congratulations on undertaking the contest. I've yet to be that motivated or brave!
7/9/14 11:32 AM
 
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