I’ve been working on this jacket for the past 3 weeks. It didn’t take that long to put together, it was just a matter of making all of the decisions about what adjustments to make regarding fit, length, number of buttons, etc… This is a Simplicity pattern by the designer Liesl Gibson of Oliver & S fame. Oliver & S in an independent pattern company that has the absolutely most adorable children’s patterns.
Jacket & dress pattern
The jacket was part of the online garment sewing class I’ve been taking. Sadly the class ended this week and I have not started the 4th and last piece which is a dress. I am very pleased to have the jacket done, and just in time for cooler weather.
I made the View C jacket which is unlined and has a straight collar. I added a little bit of embroidery to the collar and the pocket welts.
Embroidery to collar and pockets
This was very simple to do on the individual pieces before they were attached to anything. I did interface them before doing the embroidery. I used a variegated thread in a black/gray color that doesn’t show up too strongly – taking this picture was a challenge. It was my intention to add this little detail but not have it be too “in your face”.
Embroidery on finished collar
Alterations I made to the pattern:
I added 3″ to the length of the jacket and to the sleeves. This made my sleeves long instead of 3/4 length.
I put 3 buttons down the front instead of just the one at the top.
I made an adjustment to the center back to make it fit better on my shoulders.
What I like about the pattern:
It fits really nice and the black twill I chose to use is very soft and nice feeling.
It can be worn with a lot of different clothing.
The button loops are a lot easier to make than buttonholes!
What I don’t like about the pattern:
I’m not sure I love the asymmetry of the front closure or that the jacket is not lined. I’m pretty sure I will feel as though it has to be worn closed rather than open. What do you think?
Would I make this pattern again?
Maybe. If I did, I might try the ruffled collar, make it smaller and only put the top button loop on. I would also lower the pockets which are a bit high.