Update I made another jacket for the Stash Contest. This time I made the jacket in XL instead of grading up. I probably could use a little more room thru the bust, but it does close.
I made the jacket out of a tapestry fabric that I bought online more than a year ago to make this pattern, and I lined it with a chamois that I purchased at a going-out-of-business sale at a Joann’s. This pattern is very simple, and that makes it a good one for beginners, but the tapestry fabric is very ravelly, and I’d reommend that a beginner choose a more stable fabric or a pattern with larger seams. I had to use fraycheck in a couple of places along the seams.
This time, I followed the instructions. I think they were very good. I’ve lined jackets before, but this time it was so easy. The words in the instructions were clear and the line drawings were wonderful. I wasn’t confused at all, and that is a first for lining a jacket.
I interfaced the entire jacket front and back instead of just alone the fronts and neckline. This helps stablize the tapestry fabric and will cut down on ironing in the future.
I edge stitched the jacket, except at the cuffs. I haven’t decided how I want to finish them. I ironed one so that the lining didn’t show. I hand pressed one so that the lining looks like big piping. I tried the jacket on with the cuffs rolled up like on the pattern. I’m leaning towards the big piping look, but if not, I will have to edge stitch the cuffs, too.
Dolman sleeves aren’t my favorite for appearance, but I think they pretty good on this jacket. Dolman sleeves are my favorite for ease of construction.
This pattern is a great showcase for a funky or unusual fabric.
I’m very happy with my new jacket. I even got to use a funky cat head button on it. I can’t wait for it to cool off.
If you want to whip out something cool in a very short time, this is a great pattern.
Pattern Description: This is a very simple dolman sleeved jacket. Without the interfacing pattern pieces, there are only 2 pattern pieces.
Pattern Sizing: The pattern is true to size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I made an unlined faux chenille jacket instead of a lined jacket, so I didn’t expect my jacket to look exactly like the pattern picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Since my jacket was unlined, and I didn’t use interfacing, I didn’t really follow the instructions. The ones that I did use were easy to follow (sew the back seam, sew the shoulders, sew the side seams).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Could a pattern be easier? Cut out the fabric, sew the back seams, sew the shoulders and sides, sew the 2 sides together, turn, and slip stitch shut. Viola! a jacket!
This pattern has so much potential for fashion fabrics and for wearable art.
Fabric Used: I used faux chenille that took frigging forever to make.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No lining. I made bias tape to bind the edges. And I made mine in an XXL (simple to grade up or down to XXS), which is one size bigger than the instructions call for, but my jacket is going to be substaintially heavier (base layer heavy denim, 5 layers of rayon for chenille) than a reversible jacket out of 2 light to medium layers.
Also, if I were making a reversible jacket out of a quilting cotton or rayon or something like that, I would fully interface one side instead of just interfacing portions. You have less ironing to do, and the jacket stays crisper. I didn’t do this because my jacket isn’t lined, and I don’t think denim needs interfacing.
I used snaps instead of buttons for the closure.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan on making this jacket out of tapestry fabric with chamois on the reverse in the near future.
I highly recommend this pattern. It would be a great pattern for a beginner, and I think it’s excellent for wearable art or for showing off really cool fabrics, like the afore mentionned tapestry.
Conclusion After wrestling with the chenille fabric for so long, this jacket was a joy to make. It’s so simple. It goes together quickly, and it looks great on.
You can see a picture of the back and a discussion of the faux chenille process at Chenille Jacket.