Pattern Description: Misses' jacket, top, dress, skirt and pants. Loose-fitting, unlined jacket A has collar, elastic back, and two-piece sleeves with elastic forming ruching effect and slit, topstitching. Fitted top A or B has seam detail and back zipper. Dress C back slit. Semi-fitted skirt D or straight-legged pants E has self-lined yokes. D, pleated lower back. A, B, C, D: Lined. B, C, D, E: Stitched hems.
Well, I already see a problem, did you notice it to? Jacket A is described as unlined early in the description but at the end of the description it states that A, B, C, D is lined. Someone needs to proof read better! The jacket is most definitely lined.
Sizing: this is a multi-sized envelope with sizes 6 to 14 or 14 to 22 . I started with a 16 based on other reviewers comments regarding the shoulder area but ended up grading it down to a 14 in most areas.
Fabric used: Cotton Stretch Sateen. It was from my stash. The lining fabric was also from my stash.
Did the finished garment look like the pattern envelope? Yes! I do believe it does!
Directions: they are fine, not easy as the envelope states, but okay. I varied from the directions as I'll state below. I think the only way the construction is easy is because there are no button holes or zippers.
- The ruching on the sleeves is fun.
- I like there are no closures.
- I like the stand collar.
- The princess-type seams are also cute.
- The elastic back waistline is also fun.
- The edge to edge lining.
- How the elastic is inserted into the back waist.
- How the elastic is inserted into the sleeves.
- How the elastic is inserted. I modified that step.
The directions have you line the body of the jacket and reach through to sew a waistline casing. I waited to sew the bottom hem and then sewed the casing. Next, I used steam-a-seam and pressed the hemline up on the jacket body and lining and topstitched. It took a few minutes but I like how it turned out.
I also altered the back by my typical 1/2" swayback adjustment. Totally worth it.
As I mentioned earlier, I started with a size bigger than typical simply because it seemed to other reviewers to be a little snug in the shoulders. Everywhere else I graded down to a 14 and like how it fit.
This is a fun little jacket. I enjoyed making it but think the easy rating is inappropriate. It's cumbersome to say the least. While I made the sleeve casing as stated in the directions, it was very fiddly to say the least.
I can't wait to try the top or dress. The lines intrigue me.
Thanks for reading!