The top featured in the image to left is the second effort that I’ve made with this pattern. I modified the pattern considerably by shortening the sleeves, taking in the sides, shortening the tail, and lengthening the front. I’m still not happy with the results, and I think I’m going to give up on this one. There are too many patterns to try and too little time to spend so much on one unsatisfactory pattern.
I made the monks cord, shown to the right, used for the “buttonhole”. It’s really quite easy to wind the cord using the bobbin winder on your sewing machine.
After much consideration, I’ve decided to change my rating of this pattern to “Would NOT recommend”. There’s only one size in the pattern, and that size is enormous and ill-fitting. The instructions are poor. The results do not look like the garment on the pattern envelope.
This pattern is not for beginners. While construction is very, very easy, the instructions are patchy. They assume a certain level of skill and knowledge. For example, no button markings are given, andthe instructions tell you put in the buttons and buttonholes with no additional information. In addition, only one size is given in the pattern.
I am 5′ 7″ (164 cm) tall, mostly leg, but I was weighing about 195 pounds (89 kg), before I got pregnant. I’ve gained about 40 pounds (18 kg). When I got the pattern, I was concerned that it wouldn’t be big enough to go around my DD bust. It’s plenty big.
I usually sew an 18 for my shoulders and a 20 or 22 for my bust in New Look patterns. Oh, and I wore the jacket the other day, it fits my very pregnant body.
I really like the fit on my neck. I don’t know if it’s the way the
neckband is put on or the pattern or what. I made my mother try it on. She’s my height, but she weighs 120 pounds, and wears a RTW 8 or 10 with a barely A cup bust. It fit her really well in the neck, too. I was testing Mary Lou Rankins assertion that this pattern could fit many sizes at once.
In the unaltered pattern, the sleeves are too short and the front is too short. I’m not sure if the front is short because I’m so big busted or because of my height. I had my mother try on an altered pattern, where I’d shortened the sleeves and lengthened the front, so I couldn’t make any conclusions about the effect of a large bust. I think the sleeves are supposed to be short.
You definitely need shoulder pads.
This is a pattern for drapey fabric. I made the first jacket out of flannel and chamois. And while those aren’t stiff fabrics, they aren’t as drapey as a soft rayon, for example, would be. In the flannel/chamois, the jacket stands away from my body, making me look bigger.
I made the 2nd shirt out of a very drapey, sheer, cheap polyester. This is a test garment. I’d made a couple of alterations, so I wanted to see how it came out without breaking the bank or using a fabric that I like. It made a huge difference. The shirt fell in attractive, drapey folds over my pregnant body, and it looked nice on my mother, too.
I made the first jacket exactly as the pattern called it out.
After seeing MLR at PIQF and going thru the samples she brought, I decided to try this pattern in a short sleeve version I also lengthened the front and shortened the back. I was concerned, at first, about making the alterations to the facings, but it was easy to copy the curves from the front and back pieces. And in the end, I used a rolled edge on the lower hem, so I didn’t need the facings.
So now, I’m very pleased with the neck and lower hem. I didn’t like the front being above my belly button and the back came down to my knees. The back is still longer than the front, just not as extreme.
After attempting the short sleeves, I’m convinced that the jacket is too big for me in the bust. It could just be that I don’t like all the fullness there. I wanted to have cap sleeves on the short sleeve version, and that’s what I got, but they came down to my elbow. If I want to make them shorter, I’m going to have to bring the armpit in some.
This pattern is for the adventurous. I’m not sure why I like it so much, but I REALLY like it. I think it has great potential, if I can get the fit I want.
Maybe what I like is that MLR is a wonderful inspiration. She’s very approachable at PIQF. She will take time and talk to you. If you e-mail her, she will reply. She encourages you to make the pattern your own.
I also like that the results from the pattern can look so unique.