Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Christine Jonson - Travel Trio 1204

This is the very first time I've tried a Christine Jonson pattern. I picked up a few at the PR pattern swap last year, but hadn't thought about trying them until the Haute Couture Club challenge. I think I'm so use to the big 4 pattern companies; it's hard to break out of the routine.  

Back in October 2011, the Christine Jonson Travel Trio challenge was announced. We could mix and match the pieces from the three travel trio patterns (1204, 226 and 331). I chose to make all three pieces from 1204.   The deadline for the challenge was the April HCC meeting.  This was the same meeting to Christine was the program guest speaker. In her talk she gave some helpful tips on how to sew knits. She also gave us her back story along with information about her company.

It wasn't until after the meeting that I decided to go ahead with completing a travel outfit in time for the fashion show.  CJ1204 sews up very quickly which is a plus. I decided to test this pattern without making all of my standard adjustments.  Time was short, the outfit was semi-fitted, and using knit fabrics gave me an extra level of forgiveness in the fitting area. Granted I had to do a little tweaking as I sewed, my first outfit turned out pretty good.  Next time, I'll make a few more adjustments before cutting the fabric.

That being said let me start the formal review.  

Christine Jonson Travel Trio 1204

Pattern Description: 
Banded Neck Tee - Long sleeved, semi-fitted tee with self-banded neckline.
Center Seam Pants - Semi-fitted, front and back seamed pants with waistline yoke.
Drape Front Jacket - Asymmetrical, semi-fitted jacket with slight bell sleeves.  Jacket ties at the left side, forming soft folds.

In each pattern a helpful perfect sizing worksheet is included with the contraction guide sheet. (I didn't look at it until I noticed the tee was too large.)

Pattern Sizing:  Sizing for the Tee and jacket are XS to XL.  The pants are sizes 4 - 22.  For the tee and jacket I cut slightly larger than M from the bust down to the hem; pants 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, the finished garments look like the "technical drawing" on the back of the envelope.  I wanted the jacket and pants to look more like the drawing on the front.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow.  No problems.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Likes -
The drape of the jacket.
Simplicity of the tee.
The center seams of the pant leg.

Dislikes -
The inside tie of the jacket is too wide.  I prefer a narrower tie. (easy fix)
Loose fit of the tee.  I prefer a little more shaping (easy fix)

Fabric Used:  Pant weight rpl British tan stretch woven from Gorgeous Fabrics; ITY Feather Print; and Black Ponte knit from JoAnn's.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
Tee -
It was too large for my arms and from under my bust area through the hip area.  To resolve that issue I sewed larger seam allowances.  For the type of knit (60% crosswise) I could have gone down a half size and made FBA, which I will do the next time.  Also, I think it would fit better if I made a center back seam to address the sway back issue. Added some length to the sleeves and body of the top.

Jacket -
Here again it was too large from under the bust to the hem.  The description says semi-fitted, but it was closer to loose fitting pass the bust area.  That could be due to my narrow hips.  So I increase the seam allowance from the base of the bust area down.  The rest of the jacket was okay.  Added some length to the sleeves.

Pants -
I decided to use a stretch woven for the pants.  I wanted them to look more like slacks.  So instead of  an elasticized yoke, I adopted the yoke for a waistband, trimming off an inch (width, from the top).  There was quite a bit of ease in the pants.  I trimmed about 3/4" from the side and center (front and back) seams for a close fit. Installed a zipper on the left side.

To stabilize the zipper area, I added interfacing to the seam allowance.  I also interfaced and added twill tape to stay the top of the now "contour waistband". I shorten the crotch and added length to the pant leg.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes and I do recommend it to others.  But before sewing, read all of the construction information and determine how you want to use the pattern before you cut into your fashion fabric.

Conclusion:  The is a great travel trio.  It's easy to make and to wear.  You can easily adopt the pattern to your style preference.


  1. Nice outfit and can see several more in your future.

  2. Your trio turned out lovely, and I really love the pants. Also, congratulations on your win in the Palmer/Pletsch contest.

  3. I really love your entire outfit. I cannot make pants to save my life like I want them to fit. You did an excellent job.

  4. You look ready for some good traveling. I like this on you quite a bit. I have to say that after one bad experience with her sizing I have tried another of her patterns but now, knowing more about fitting knits I may try one again.

  5. You look terrific! I've just now begun sewing CJ patterns - own 2 right now, and so far I really like them. Your outfit is so "put together." Wonderful work!

  6. Lovely, Cennetta--and it looked fantastic on the runway! Love the picture of Christine from our meeting, too!

  7. Wow, georgous outfit! Congrats on the Palmer Plesch win. You so deserve it. Please contine to inspire! Thanks for sharing this.

  8. Wonderful outfit! Must be extremely comfortable, being all stretch fabrics.

  9. Very nice! I made up a few of her patterns years ago and really should consider them again.

  10. Great outfit. Those pants fit fabulously!

  11. Love the outfit! I'm also glad the fashion show went well- I missed it but looking forward to your update!

  12. Love the easy styling of this outfit. The jacket/cardigan is particularly nice. My only comment is the neckline on the tshirt seems high under the cardigan. Matter of personal preference I guess.

  13. I didn't realize that all three pieces were from Christine Jonson's pattern! I thought it was just the top...very kewl!

  14. That's a great outfit. I really like Christine. She lives within an hours drive from me, and I've seen her trunk shows many times.

  15. What a great outfit! This is one of those times I wish I could sew clothes well!

    Best, Kyra

  16. Your article is amazing! Keep up the good job. Congrats!

  17. Chic and classy! A great travel trio for sure.

  18. Gosh, that is a SUPER flattering jacket! What a great pattern!



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