Pattern Sizing 8-24 Terrific size range.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? My version is a combination of the short jacket sketch with the long sleeves of the photo.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Relatively easy directions although the collar edge sewn tot he sleeve and back might present a challenge to new sewers. Don't worry, those messy inside edges will be hidden by the facing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love these open collars that can be worn up or folded down. I like the slightly asymmetrical design although I didn't button my jacket up so high so the asymmetry is not as obvious.
Fabric Used A very lightweight silk tweed from Fabric Mart that wrinkled when I looked at it....but did press very nicely for sharp edges. I underlined it with a very soft silk organza and that slightly improved the hand. I used medium weight fusible interfacing for the facings and collar which saved the jacket structure and added an ambiance lining. Next time I will select fabric with slightly more body and firmness. I like the structured version of the green jacket sketch more than the drapey color photo which looks a little messy and worn to me.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a muslin and made several major changes to make this look better on my body. I raised the back neck1 1/2 inches total and added back darts to keep the center back on the fold. I did a FBA but also folded out 1/2 in the front panel. I cut a size 12 at the neck, shoulders and underarm and then worked out to about a size 16 by my high hip. I'm quite narrow on the front of my body but have a quick tummy and high hip to account for circumference. I added 1 inch length to the jacket and sleeve hems.
I used oversized snaps for closures with a hand embroidery starburst design on the front where the closures are. I also tacked the neckline and lining facings together at the very back to maintain their stability together.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'll be making at least one or more versions of this jacket. I like the idea of a short sleeve summer unlined version to throw over a sleeveless dress or top. I'd also like to do a fringed version but would make sure to pre fuse all my fabric beforehand to give it some weight.
Conclusion: Once again, an OOP pattern that is new to me. Seems to be my sewing pace....let the patterns and fabric age nicely until they are eventually destined to meet.
Two more styling versions:
|Back collar folded down|