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Just another black jacket

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As I wrote a review on PatternReview (PR) for this jacket I realized that almost all of my recent sewing projects have been black. As in basic. As in dark. As in no color. Perhaps its an outer expression of the inner blah-ness ( is that a word? ) brought on by this never ending bitterly cold winter weather we've been experiencing. The temperature was -25 F when I ventured out this morning and, while it did warm up during the day, it didn't quite make it to zero. Then again, sewing all black items could be as simple as the fact that I have black thread in the machine and I've chosen my projects accordingly. So may I present to you just another black jacket. The latest black jacket to find a home in my closet is from McCall's 5756 . It's a simple cardigan jacket with bust darts and a curved shape. The jacket is brought to life by the addition of trim along the front edge. One of the great things about this pattern is that it is one of McCall's made-

Simplicity's Project Runway jacket pattern a surprise hit

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The jacket pattern - Simplicity 2728 - was purchased on a whim. 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 ti