Monday, January 12, 2009
First Project of the Year! - McCall 5527
This is one of two jackets that I cut out before the holidays. I was able to finish both of them on Saturday afternoon. I wore this one to church on Sunday with a skirt I made (2 years old) from another McCall's pattern. Here's my review.
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined jacket has front and back darts, single button closure and sleeve and collar variations.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 6 - 20. I made a 14 with modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. The jacket on the model appears to be a couple inches longer than my version. Could be that she is petite.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. Nothing difficult about them. I competely constructed the collar/lapel before attaching it to the shell. Then I attached the lining/facing. This is the process that I usually follow when making jackets/coats for a similar style.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the design of the this jacket. The wide collar and lapel are what sold me. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Wool Blend (loose basket weave pattern)purchased from JoAnn's Fabrics about two years ago.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made several alterations:
FBA - A picture is worth a thousand words. So here are the photos of the FBA.
Front Lining and Front Facing
Checking the modifications of the three front pattern pieces.
Making the FBA on this type a one piece front pattern was alittle tricky for me. I added bust darts instead of trying to rotate the add length at the side seam to the verticle dart below the bust line.
Broad Shoulder and Sway Back Adjustments
The drawing shows the collar resting about an inch beyond the top of the shoulder seam. I didn't think to increase the width of the lapel and collar to maintain the design.
On the Hanger
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to, but I have soooo many jacket patterns that I want to try. So not now; maybe later.
Conclusion: Cute little jacket that was easy to make and can be worn over dresses or other coordinating separates.