I guess cleaning up my sewing room and coming across the two things together made me finally jump on this and wow, I am thrilled with the results!
I made a modified view A meaning I didn't include the epaulettes, but otherwise it is straight up as the pattern is written.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the directions are VERY well written and VERY well illustrated! Most Kwik Sew patterns are awesome, but this one is exceptional and I truly mean that!
I LOVE this fabric I choose which was made by P&B textiles and is listed as a faux leather.
It is made from Polyurethane, polyester and viscose. It's hand wash, you then roll the garment in a towel to squeeze out the excess water and let dry.
It was actually fairly easy to work with although a little heavy and I didn't really struggle with it until the two sections of the collar and the facing were sewn together--that's three layers! But I went slowly, used my walking foot and it all turned out pretty--if I do say so myself! This fabric has an embossed quality to it.
The directions for the zippered welt pockets and the sleeve zippers and gussets was just brilliant! If you follow those directions carefully and mark your fabric carefully, sew with precision, you will love your results! Having said this, this isn't a pattern for beginners. You need some experience before tackling this.
Another finishing detail that is very nice is how the top portion of the zipper is finished off. You most likely will have to cut it down and don't be afraid of it! If you use a metal zipper, there are so many tutorials on how to remove the extra teeth using a pair of needle nose pliers and pull. If you have a plastic zipper, you sew the fabric piece to the top, wrap it and cut off the excess. It looks professional, neat and tidy. I like metal snaps and attached one to the waistband using my dritz pliers.They worked great! No issues at all.
I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment and that's it! I was a little concerned I might have to make an FBA but it really wasn't necessary with the weight of the fabric and how this fit.
Next time, I will make a deeper swayback adjustment. I'm 5'7" and the sleeves were perfect!
I am very happy with how this turned out and I hope you'll try this too!
Thanks for reading and I so love your comments!