Our weather has been teasing us with some above freezing temperatures and rain instead of snow for the last couple of weeks. In the hopes that we are looking at winter in the rear view mirror, I am turning my sewing attention to lighter weight layers. One thing in particular that I need to add are jackets for spring.
A few hours of this weekend were spent making a start on that goal with McCalls 7332. I bought the pattern a few weeks ago along with some lightweight navy wool from my local Fabricland. Here is the picture from the pattern envelope:
This is a very easy pattern with lots of options which is always something I lean toward. Have a look at the back of the pattern envelope and you’ll see what I mean:
I made View B and used solid navy throughout, however my brain is already planning a colour block green and navy combination. Another idea is to use this as part of a suit where it is paired with a pencil skirt in a printed fabric and a mostly black jacket with the skirt fabric echoed in the contrast areas. That last thought might be too much…I’ll play around with it some more and we’ll see where it goes.
The front and back pattern pieces for view B look like this:
As I stated before, this is a very simple pattern to make with little to no fitting. I added an inch to the sleeve length but otherwise made no pattern changes. You’ll note that for this view there are no facings.
Right now, there is no downside to this. My worry however is that as the jacket is worn and cleaned, the lining may stretch a little. I recall during my years of working part time for a drycleaner while I was in University, that every now and then we would get a complaint that a garment had shrunk. In fact, what had happened is that the lining had stretched and bagged out a little. Time will tell if I have that issue.
This is a solid pattern for a basic wardrobe staple and I am quite pleased with the end result and the ease in which it came together.
The jacket length is perfect for me as were the sleeves. I did choose to add an inch to them however as my intention is to wear them rolled up and wanted a little extra so that I could do so without having them halfway up my arms.
Bye for now,