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It’s been 90+ degF every day this week, so of course I decided I need to sew myself a fall jacket. I bought this pattern from Christine Jonson a couple of weeks back, after eyeing it for the last several years. I’m also trying to sew down some of my stash (I know, right?) so I pulled out some fabric that has been staring at me for the last 2 years, and here we go!
Pattern Description: From Christine Jonson’s website, Drape Front Jacket: Asymmetrical, semi-fitted jacket with slight bell sleeves. Jacket ties at the left side, forming soft folds. Multi-sized XS-XL.
Sizing: XS-XL. I made a Small. I think I could go down to halfway between a XS and a S with no ill effects. The shoulders run a bit wide on me, and I don’t have narrow shoulders.
Available as a PDF? No
Fabric Used: Heavy Doubleknit in black from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s long since sold out, sorry, but you can find Similar Here.
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Juki MO654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto, shoulder stand, tailor’s ham, sleeve board, silk organza press cloth.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, scraps of interfacing, thread. That’s all
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes. I think the asymmetry is more pronounced than on the drawing, but it’s not too far off.
How were the instructions? For the most part, very good. There’s one nit that annoyed me a bit. The first thing the instructions have you do is “Serge the horizontal dart in Right Front 11, barely shaving off the raw edge with the serger knife.”
I would prefer it if they just said “stitch or serge the dart using a ¼ inch seam.” It’s the same thing, and it is more precise. And they tell you to use ¼ inch seams for the mitred corners, so it would be more consistent. Other than that, they were fine.
Construction Notes: I stabilized the shoulders with scraps of fusible interfacing. As the instructions suggested, I finished all the raw edges with a 3-thread serger stitch before turning and hemming:
The fabric that I used is a really beautiful double knit. It’s heavier than many, and it’s probably right on the edge for this pattern, because of the tie front. The bell sleeve, IMO, is more pronounced than the description and the picture lead one to believe.
Likes/Dislikes: This is a very well drafted pattern. It went together quickly and it gives great results.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I think I’ll make this next in a drapey doubleknit.
Conclusion: Good bones, easy to sew, good instructions, what’s not to love? Here it is on Shelley. Once the weather cools off I’ll get a picture on me.