This is a uber-popular Cynthia Rowley dress and jacket. The only description on the back of the envelope is this: Misses dress with knit bodice and jacket or vest. Really? That's it?
I would describe it like this: Close-fitting bodice of knit dress has racer-back styling, waistline and gathered skirt. Loose-fitting jacket or vest has many patch pockets, some with flaps, ties and loops, and a placket on the elbow-length sleeves.
I made a size 14. It is just the right amount of boxiness: not too much nor too little.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think my jacket resembles the pattern photo. I made a few minor modifications that I will highlight below.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy, although it has been quite some time since I have done a straight up placket and it took more than one attempt to figure it out. I do have to say, it turned out really well and I have to give a lot of credit to steam-a-seam for that!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style! How adorable is this jacket?
Despite having so many pieces for the jacket (16 for the view I made), it went together easily. All the notches matched up well.
I do like the placket on the sleeve. It is a very nice touch.
I also love the fit.
Dislikes: None really.
I used a lovely linen from Treadle Yard Goods in Minneapolis. The buttons are coconut from the same shop. I used interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply and it worked so well, I will never buy another interfacing, ever.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I had these coconut buttons that I purchased to use with the linen. I simply left off the ties and kept the loops to go around the buttons.
2. I accidentally sewed the flaps with a 5/8" seam rather than a 3/8" so I they were too small for the bottom patch pockets. They fit the top ones, so I moved them up there.
3. This isn't a alteration or design change, but it worked so well for me, I had to share! On the placket edges, you have to press the edges under 1/4". In order to get this as close to perfect as I could, I used steam-a-seam on the edges. It worked beautifully!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes. I will keep this pattern close at hand, even though it is pretty distinct. I think it will look quite different in a variety of fabrics.
I do highly recommend it to others. This was a favorite pattern of 2011 and now I know why. Not sure why I waited so long to make this, as it is super cute.
I love this jacket. I feel like a million bucks wearing it!
Thanks for reading!