Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jean Jacket Review

I've had this jean jacket in my UFO pile since late September. I had only cut it out and then set it aside because I was starting the Palmer/Pletsch fitting class at the beginning of October. Then came the pants class followed by Christmas sewing so there it sat patiently waiting for me to return to it. I think it would still be sitting there, but I decided to get busy so I could enter it into the Pattern Review UFO contest. I finally got enough motivation up yesterday to get it finished and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. It's your basic unlined jean jacket made with Kwik Sew 2895. I like that view A has a bit of waist shaping so it's not as boxy as your typical jean jacket.


Topstitching Details and SnapSource snaps


I received feedback from a reader that she would like it if I posted my reviews on my blog too, so here I go with my first review (yep, it's copied from my review on PR, but it's all the pertinent info).

Pattern Description: Misses jackets with front and back yokes, three panel front and back, pockets in the yoke seams with flaps, and topstitching details. View B is shorter and has a waistband and cuffs while view A is longer and has no waistband or cuffs.

Pattern Sizing: xsmall - xlarge, I used the xsmall and made version A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very straightforward and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really liked the styling. I've seen many great versions of this jacket on PR and purchased the pattern a long time ago. I know it has lots of positive reviews, but I couldn't help adding one more.

My only dislike is in myself and how long it took me to get this jacket made. I cut it out at the end of September when I was on a cutting spree and then never got around to sewing it. I guess my slacking allows me to enter this into the UFO contest that is currently running. There is really no reason this became a UFO, just the lack of time and other things got pushed ahead of this item. Unfortunately it's a little too cold for me to wear it now, but I am sure I'll be wearing this a lot once the weather warms up.

Fabric Used: Red stretch twill I had in my stash - I am sure I purchased it at Joann's. I also used size 16 SnapSource snaps for the closures instead of buttons. I might have opted for size 20 if I had them, but I didn't have any on hand so I went with the 16
s and am pleased with how they look.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made no pattern alterations and sewed a straight xsmall. It is actually pretty generously sized and am glad I didn't grade up in the hips like I contemplated doing.

Next time I make this jacket I will omit the chest pockets. I will put the flaps and just not sew on the pocket bag. I will never use the pockets, so what is the point in sewing them? I guess they might add a little more padding to bust! lol I also might lengthen the jacket a smidge too.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'm quite sure I will sew this again and I definitely recommend it. Just think of the multitude of fabrics that can be used for a variety of looks - denim, twill, linen, corduroy, etc. There is a fair bit of topstitching to do, but I don't mind all the topstitching and like those sort of details. I even got very nice approval from my family on this one. I have some pretty embroidered linen that I think I'll make another version with and also some velvet corduroy that would be great too.

Conclusion: Great basic jean-style jacket that is a classic wardrobe piece.

Hopefully this jacket is the start of my sewing mojo returning. I think I worked myself too hard at the end of the year and burnt myself out.

P.S. I really want to see your garment label, so please email me. I made it a clickable link in my last post, but maybe you didn't realize that. Email me at noboty at gmail.com ~ thank you! :-)

18 comments:

Birgitte said...

What a great jacket, well done, Melissa Anne :)) I could actually use one of of these since my fave faded black jacket is MIA...

Anonymous said...

Wow! No ideas about your labels, but this jacket is fabulous. Is there already a MelissaB? You came up with Posh Punkins' so I feel sure you'll figure it out. :-)

kbenco said...

Very cool jacket. I really like the shape and your excellent pockets.

Alviana said...

how awesome! you did an amazing job! love the details :)

Good luck in UFO contest!

a little sewing on the side said...

Your jacket looks awesome!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Cute jacket! Love the red!!

Lori said...

Melissa, wonderful jacket, red is your color. I hope this gets your sewing mojo back, I miss all your creations.

Bonnie D. said...

WOW! That is stunning Melissa. You will get many years out of that one.

Kim said...

That looks GREAT Melissa! Where did you do the Palmer/Pletsch fitting class?

Jeannine said...

I love it, and most importantly what a great color on you. Wow Melissa, great work.

Gwen said...

Gorgeous jean jacket! :)

I just emailed you a picture of my label - check your junk folder if it doesn't make it to your inbox... ;)

Christina said...

What a super cute jacket! You will be wearing that all year long.

Ruth said...

Your jacket is fabulous! I love the red, the pattern, the fit, everything about it. Great job!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Super cute! I love that bright true red color.

Lindsay T said...

Really, really swell jacket, Melissa! Gimme a red jacket any day...

Sheila said...

Now that is a fabulous jean jacket. The color looks great on you.

Nancy W. said...

Arent you glad you finished this? It looks great - super cute.

Atif said...

Very cool jacket i really like red color....

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