REVIEWS and P.U.’s
By Caryl Gaubatz
The raglan sleeves need some coaxing in order to ensure a smooth fit.
When sewing the shoulder seam , stop at the small dot and do not sew into the seam line at the armscye. This is pictured on the pattern but not mentioned in the instructions. When sewing in the sleeves, break the thread and pivot at the shoulder dart.
This will save a lot of time and heart break. I wasted an afternoon wrestling with the sleeves before I figured it out.
In the original pattern, the wrong side of the collar shows, and the jacket collar is not interfaced. The edges are bound.
As my jacket was made of cotton and printed using the deconstructed screen printing method, the wrong side was not very attractive.
I did not want the seams to show. Therefore, I lined it with silk habutai. This allows the jacket to keep its summer lightness ; plus it is easier to slip off and on and less likely to wrinkle.
The jacket also called for a long sash. I omitted the sash and used snaps and a button loop closure.
The massive collar is a good camouflage for the smaller woman but might not be as flattering for the generously endowed.