Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Simplicity 3627 Jacket Review - aka the cropped graduate gown

I stopped at Joann's last week to pick up Simplicity 3631 - now don't pretend you don't know which one I'm talking about. It's that wonderful Sew Stylish pattern featured in the latest Sew Stylish magazine.

While there I spotted a display of Simplicity "Fall Fashion Trends" patterns. One just hopped right into my basket - Simplicity 0613 - or 3627 as it is goes by in the pattern catalog. (I'm pretty easily distracted so marketing techniques work well on me.)

So anyway, I get home and I have a decision to make. You see, I've got a piece of light pink wool crepe eagerly awaiting its turn to be sewn into a little cropped swing jacket. All I had to do was choose a pattern...3631 or 3627...3631 or 3627...3631 or 3627

Well, 3627 seduced me with the pretty picture of the yoked, cropped, three-button jacket made up in a brown plaid. Hmmm, I think that would look downright purty in pink wool worn with black this winter.

Being the cheap, I mean frugal, person that I am, I didn't want to cut into the wool crepe without knowing for sure if this would fit me properly. What to do, what to do. I really wanted to sew something quickly (which seems to be all that I ever have time for these days) yet wearable.

Aha! I can always use another black jacket, after all black jackets are like black shoes. They may all be black but each pair is different and each pair serves a unique purpose. You can *never* have too many pairs of black shoes, right? (Okay I just wrote that on the off chance that DH might be reading this, LOL)

So I dug out an yucky polyester black something that's been hiding in the back of the closet (for a good reason too, as you'll soon find out) and cut out view C.

The sewing was quick as there are few pattern pieces and the yucky fabric doesn't ravel so I didn't waste my time finishing the seam edges. A few hours of sewing, a few struggles with buttonholes and the jacket was done.

As soon as I put it on I realized what a horrible, horrible fabric choice I had made. Now you tell me - doesn't this look like a chopped off graduation gown?

What Was I Thinking?!?

The shiny, slightly stretchy, polyester black fabric would have been perfect for a Halloween costume - not this jacket. The thing is - this jacket has a funky little pleat at the center top of the sleeve. The pleat matches up with the shoulder seam at the bottom edge of the yoke. The yoke acts like a dropped shoulder and the funky little pleat sticks out when you wear the jacket! Honestly it's quite funny looking.

And because you keep asking me to model my garments here I am attempting to make the best out of a bad jacket. I even managed a fake smile - just for you. (And I'll have photos of me wearing the other items soon, very soon...)

Oh, one more thing. I'm not giving up on the jacket - I'm claiming this as a non-wearable muslin - yea, yea, that's right... I *meant* to use crappy shiny polyester fabric. Another version will be sewn in a softer, drapery fabric - maybe even a plaid to show off the bias cut of the yoke. Pin It


  1. I loved your title for this post - the cropped graduate gown! thanks for reviewing this one!

  2. Okay what is this? Some sort of sewing blog? What? You'd think you hung out with seamstresses and such--I know better, you're a roller coaster people! xoxo

  3. Hi Sharon!!! OMG... Um... isn't the neckline a bit "high" for you??? (LOL... JUST KIDDING!!!) I WANT TO SEE THE PRETTY RUSCHED DRESS MODELED... and NO FAKEY smiles... :o)

    Hmmmm... Not a fav really... I think maybe in a different fabric??? Yea... it does look a bit "graduationY"

    But thanks for sharing!!!

    Lala :o)

  4. Ummm you can save this jacket! Change the buttons to something with more pizazz and add some trim to the sleeves and neckline...gone is the graduation look...hello new designer gear!



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