Saturday, April 14, 2007

Loes Hinse Kimono Jacket

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:11/6/02 4:33 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Photo:Loes Hinse Designs 5103
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Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
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The Loes Hinse jacket has been reviewed here several times and deserves its popularity. It is easy to sew and is elegantly stylish. The instuctions are clear. I used a very drapey wool/rayon semi-sheer fabric with a matte satin used for the collar. The only trouble I had in construction resulted from the instability of the fabric. It stretched alot at each seam. The back ended up quite a bit longer than the front but I decided I liked the look and hemmed it to a curve dipping at center back. The front pulled up because the satin collar kept it from stretching. The collar doesn't want to roll as it should according to the pattern photo. Perhaps this is because the fabric of the collar is so much firmer than the body of the jacket. Anyway, I think the collar looks good unrolled, as shown in my photo.

I cut size small which is closest to my measurements. I tapered the seam out at the hips to ensure plety of ease. After completion I decided the shoulders were unattractively wide so I just took in the shoulder/sleeve seam an extra 3/8 inch, tapering to nothing at the notches. I cut the sleeves at medium as I have been reading in reviewers comments that the sleeves are often too small on Loes Hinse patterns. However, I feel they are too big now so I will probably be taking them in.

The jacket is worn here with LaFred Daphne pants, made from extra fabric leftover after making the jacket and the Loes Hinse French Country dress.

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