Pattern: Simplicity 3538
Fabric: Off-white suiting and printed charmeuse from Joann with white cotton underlining.
I really like the versatility of this pattern. I do want to make this for myself with ruffles like many others did based on the JCrew Fiona jacket.
Some modifications and/or tips:
- I needed to underline the off-white suiting because the lining was visible from the outside.
- Don't line the jacket based on the pattern instructions! After reading many reviews, I should've bagged the lining as many suggested. However, since it was my first lining I thought I should proceed with the pattern instructions. This was no good... I had a hard time with the sleeves and did NOT like how it turned out on the inside.
- The sleeves are a little too skinny for my mom's (and my) arms, but we both have full arms.
I did reduce the seam allowance because the arms were a little tight and trimmed it evenly down, which made finishing with bias tape every difficult. I had to hand stitch the bias tape down, which I didn't mind, but it just looked homemade. (The poly charmeuse unravels like crazy!)
I also don't like how the sleeve vents turned out... there's all fabric bunching going there.
I also finished the buttonholes a little too small. The buttons do fit but it's not easy... oops! The procrastinator that I am didn't have time to fix it. :P Sorry, mommy... I love you! My first lined jacket complete! I will definitely give this pattern another go, but just with some mods.