InstructionsPattern (which I've had for a long time . . . may be out of print) goes together very well. Pieces fit together easily. I did attach the collar before sewing up the side seams. This is just a personal preference.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Traditional, Classic, Casual
This beautiful fabric is an Italian silk/cotton blend, purchased from A Common Thread in Austin, TX. Interfacing is Pro Weft Medium Weight from Pam Erny.
What was your inspiration?
I had made this jacket before and knew it was a good reliable pattern. I wanted to make my mother a Christmas gift that would be both beautiful and easy to put together. I found this gorgeous fabric at A Common Thread, a delightful fabric store in Austin, TX, and knew I had a winner.
What are you most proud of?
The speed and accuracy with which I made it. This does have a lot of top-stitching ( so purchase extra thread), and this is a great pattern to practice that skill. Lots of straight lines to be edge-stitched and top-stitched.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Find a good, simple pattern and then go on the hunt for really beautiful fabric. You can't go wrong. A jean jacket is a basic that will always be stylish. Take the time to finish all the seams. And finish it off with beautiful buttons. I did use a smaller than usual size for this pattern . . . it runs a little large.