Did I need it? Absolutely not.
So why did it come home with me? Curiosity.
It's one of Simplicity's "inspired by Project Runway" patterns and I wanted to see if there was anything that set them apart from Simplicity's other patterns.
I was pleasantly surprised by the pattern:
- Many options included to customize the jacket. Notched or shawl collar, with or without pleated detail, or no collar at all; short or three-quarter sleeves, with or without band or ruffle, plain patch or pleated pockets, or no pockets at all, one or three button closing, trim or not trim.
- A "Sketch & Stitch" sheet complete with a croquis for you to mix-and-match the elements of this jacket to create exactly what you want - before you begin randomly cutting pattern pieces.
- Clearly written instructions. Written in chunks - meaning when it's time to add pockets all pocket options are listed. When its time to add sleeves, all sleeve options are listed. When its time for the collar, all collar options are listed. You get the point.
- Fully lined with instructions on bagging the lining. And the neck, front and bottom are faced so the jacket is not lined to edge, meaning no risk for the lining to peek out.
- The jacket is designed for small (1/4") shoulder pads and includes instructions for adding sleeve heads.
- The pattern piece for the under collar is slightly smaller than the upper collar, allowing for turn of cloth, meaning the end product is a collar that rolls slightly to the bottom when completed...just like it should.T
- The instructions are written in chunks, so you follow along for the design elements that you've chosen. Meaning, after sewing darts you add pockets and the instructions for all of the pocket options are included. When you get to the sleeves, the instructions for all of the sleeves are included.
That only means there's another of these in my near future, as well as more "inspired by Project Runway" patterns.
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