Monday, April 16, 2007

Loes Hinse 5109 Lugano Jacket

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:2/4/04 1:29 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
Project Photo:photo
Pattern Photo:Loes Hinse Designs 5109
Loes Hinse Designs Pattern Information

Pattern Information provided by Ann Smith

Pattern Rating:Easy to sew
See other patterns in this category:Coat/Jacket
Available for sale on PR: Yes

Pattern Description: A semi-fitted jacket, fingertip length with an insert on the front panel which continues around the neckline. View A has a tie front closure and View B a one button closure and cuffs shown with contrast panel and cuffs.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes XXS to XXL all included in the pattern.

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?Yes, instructions are clear and easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I guess I was attracted to the tie closure and thought from the description (semi-fitted) that it would be shapely. It is actually boxy and, looking at the pattern photo, you can see that it is. I felt it looked frumpy on me. first version.

Fabric Used:The fabric is a paisley pattern woven into
wool/rayon blend.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:When I first cut out the pieces and pinned them together to check fit, I thought it looked drab and boring. So I used the wrong side of the fabric as the right side because it had more intense coloring. And then I noticed that it was raveling into a nice fringe, so I sewed the princess seam with wrong sides together to create a fringed edge. I also did this with the tie to have the fringe there. I had shortened the jacket hem 1 inch before cutting it out but I felt the length was part of the frumpiness. So I took the hem apart and shortened it another 2 inches. Better. I also tapered in the sides seams to create a little more shape.

I shortened the sleeves only 1/2 inch which is less than I usually do so be aware if you have longer arms. I did not do my usual full bust alteration as I could see from the flat pattern measurements that there was plenty of ease in the small size that I used.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I won't sew it again but I think this might work for some. It is very easy to sew. But even with my design changes I still feel it is matronly looking on me. Maybe it is the princess seams. I decided to wear a large, funky pin with it to jazz it up a bit.

This jacket coordinates well with the Sewing Workshop Plaza pants that I reviewed earlier because the princess seams from the jacket line up nicely with the tucks down the front of the Plaza pants.

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