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I feel like I don't have too much left to say about the jacket. I've been going on and on about it for awhile now.

The cap of the sleeve has some issues. I found there to be a lot of ease in these sleeve caps. Other reviewers didn't note this as a problem, so it might have just been me struggling to set them in properly.

I love the seams in the back. Nice details. I really like topstitching - the way it looks, not always doing it. It looks like I could have made the back smaller at the waist, but I like how it feels when wearing it.

The pockets are too small to be useful. This was obvious from the pattern piece, but I didn't bother to change them. Useful or not, they are a nice detail.

I used Connie Long's instructions in Easy Guide to Sewing Linings to draft a lining for the jacket. The front lining pieces consist of a yoke and a lower front piece. There is no vertical seam and no pleat as there is in the jacket. The back lining pieces are the same as the jacket pieces except there is no pleat in the lower back and there is a pleat in the main back piece. The lining hem is free hanging as seen here and is connected to the jacket at the front facing, side seams, and center back with French tacks.
The jacket fabric is a brushed cotton stretch twill that I purchased in NY. It is very soft with a nice weight for a jacket and has a good amount of stretch. However, I think it will always look a bit rumpled. The lining fabric (stretch cotton sateen) also came from NY, but wasn't really intended to be the lining. You can read about that dilemma here. I decided to use it because I had it, it was a perfect match and it had stretch just like the jacket fabric. So, while it is a bit boring, it does work well. I tried to reduce the yawn factor with the piping.
Okay, so I did have a bit left to say. Now I'm stuck on what to do next. I'd like to return to those Jalie pants, but the kiddos still need a lot more warm weather clothes. I should probably work on that again for a bit.
ETA: full review here.


  1. Very cute jacket, it looks great on you.

  2. Great jacket! I think the color is wonderful, and the style is a good mix of smart and casual. I just read your last post, too - the detailed information is very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just love the color...the jacket looks fabulous on you...great job!

  4. Very stylish jacket. I admire your patience in waiting for the right book to show up to help you finish it so beautifully.

  5. I love the piping details in the lining. Your jacket is beautiful and I know you'll enjoy the compliments you're bound to receive!

  6. I saw your review on Pattern Review and wanted to tell you I love this jacket!!! The color is so fun, but not too crazy. I think you've tempted me to make one like it... :-)

  7. I made this jacket in a pumpkin homedec suede. I love the pattern and the fit was perfect! I love the way it went together with the detailing. You did a great job!


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