Butterick 5087 "Easy" jacket and belt. I sewed view A, the one with the three-quarter length sleeve with ruffle, to test the fit and style.
Isn't that collar great? I used a plaid to showcase the bias cut of the collar, but I think the collar also lends itself well to some embellishment opportunities.
This simple little wrap jacket requires 3-1/2 yards of 45" fabric (almost 3 yards of 60" fabric) for a size 12! That's because of the huge collar. I couldn't believe how large the pattern pieces were when I pulled them out of the envelope!
This princess-seamed jacket is held closed with a snap sewn to the right side of the jacket. I think it also needs a snap on the left side to keep the front edge from slipping down. In theory the belt should cover the snap closure, but it doesn't when I wear it.
While I did my usual FBA (full bust adjustment) I didn't lengthen the front enough. Because my bust is large and I'm short-waisted, if I wear the belt as shown on the pattern cover (covering the snap closure), it appears as if I'm wearing an empire waist belt!
The fabric was a pain-in-the-rear polyester plaid purchased last year from Fabric Mart. It was difficult to work with - it raveled like crazy and was a bit slippery. It's not possible to wear the self-fabric belt without additional adjustments as it would slip out of the belt buckle. I may just wear the jacket with a black belt. While it's not my favorite jacket style, I do plan on sewing another one - this time out of some good quality fabric! The style would be cute paired with jeans for the weekend and a pencil skirt for work weekdays.
The entire pattern review can be read at Patternreview.