|Reviewed by:||Ann Smith|
|Posted on:||5/8/03 4:10 AM|
|Last Updated:||5/9/03 4:42 PM|
|Pattern Photo:||Vogue Pattern Information|
|Pattern Rating:||I would definitely sew this pattern again|
|Pattern Description: Chanel type jacket which is semi-fitted and lined. I made view C which is collarless and shorter. The skirt is also lined with no waistband. I made view F which is cut on the bias and flared.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-10-12 and 14-16-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes except for the changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Quite good on this pattern. It calls for interfacing the entire jacket (excepting the sleeves) which I don't see very often in a pattern. It was just the right thing for this particular fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Simple, straight forward construction. The pockets are not real pockets, just flaps or welts. This was fine with me as I rarely use pockets on jacket fronts and with this fabric it was good to minimize extra bulk.
Fabric Used: Cotton boucle from Nancy Erickson, lined with ambiance. I braided dyed to match yarn to make the trim on the jacket and used the selvedge fringe for the fringe around the edge of the jacket and at the hem of the skirt.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The most visible change is the location of the welts. I lowered them about 2 inches. I realized that since I need to lower the bust apex 2 inches that the location of the welts needed to be dropped also. They really looked silly when I pinned them on as per the pattern. I did a full bust alteration on the jacket as well as lowering the darts. I shortened the sleeves the amount I usually do on Vogue and they are barely long enough. That was a surprise because I often have to shorten them even more than the 1 1/2 inch that I remove from the pattern. I eliminated the hook and eye closure as I will always wear the jacket open.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes definitely. This jacket has a very nice shape to it, curving in at the waist with a good fit at the arm and shoulder.
Conclusion I realized when I looked at the photos of the suit that I forgot to put in the shoulder pads. I think that will solve the problem of the slight droop of fabric at the upper chest. Otherwise this fits really well and is comfortable also.
Edit 5/9/03 Here's a close up of the fringe. Also, the improved look with shoulder pads.