The pattern is Vogue 8333, one of the Claire Shaeffer couture patterns. While I did follow along the couture instructions, I didn't use all of the techniques. My biggest departure was using fusible interfacing. This was partly because I knew I wouldn't finish the jacket in time for the contests, but really, I doubt I would have finished it at all, ever. I just don't have the patience at this point to make a tailored, couture jacket. Hopefully I will soon, but not right now.
I added a back vent.
and I added welt pockets. With the pattern's inseam pleated pockets, it was looking a bit too horseback-riding jacket for me. I wanted a versatile jacket to keep a long time. I also made pocket flaps, but I couldn't find one when I was racing to finish this yesterday, so they will have to wait for a later date.
Here's a peek at a pocket.
Here is my review:
Pattern Sizing: 6-22. I made a 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the pockets I changed.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Ok. I followed along the couture directions, but I have to admit I didn't use all of them. The biggest change was I used fusible interfacings. I would love to do a couture jacket someday, but I just don't have the patience yet. The directions seemed easy to follow. Nothing really crazy difficult; just time consuming.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fitted shape of this pattern. It really nips in at the waist, which is flattering. Boxy jackets just make me look, well, like a box.
Fabric Used: wool with 15% cashmere. It's navy and marled a bit. It almost looks like a herringbone a bit. The fabric is a little bit felted, so it hardy frayed at all, which was super helpful. It also responded really well to steam and pressing.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the sleeves 2 inches for my monkey arms. I also got a little too much of an equestrian vibe early on, so I added some welt pockets from Vogue 8087 (another Claire Shaeffer jacket pattern, now out of print) to make it appear a little more blazer-like. I just sewed shut where the pleated in seam pockets are supposed to go. I have the flaps, too... somewhere. I went to sew them on this morning and can only find one. I decided I like the look as is. Maybe I'll sew the flaps on if I find the other one, or I can always make a new one.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew this again with the intended pocket style if I find a fabric I don't think will look too riding-jacket-like. Maybe in a fun colored light flannel coating. I do recommend this. The directions are great, and the style is flattering.
Conclusion: A very nice jacket pattern, even if you're not ready to commit to the couture methods.