Today I wanted to share with you a cropped jacket I made using Simplicity 1419, which is a Lisette pattern that includes a dress as well as the jacket. There is a Simplicity sale on in the UK at the moment and I picked this pattern up because I think the dress is cute, but this jacket is a hidden gem….this is the envelope front:
You hardly notice the jacket, right? Anyway, I specifically wanted a cropped jacket to wear over full skirts and dresses in the summer and this fit the bill perfectly. It was so simple to sew, virtually straight out of the envelope, but because I wanted to use the eyelet cotton and this jacket is unlined, I wanted to make sure it was beautifully finished on the inside.
So, I french seamed the darts. Yes, it is totally possible to french seam darts. I used this tutorial:
I french seamed the shoulder seams, the side seams, the sleeve seams and the centre back seam:
I french seamed the sleeves. Yes! Using Jenny’s tutorial on the Grainline blog:
And I used Beth’s tip on creating a nice, neat finish for the lapel facings:
Even with all these extra finishing details this jacket didn’t take that long to whiz up.
I did mine in eyelet cotton but honestly, there are so many great fabrics you could use to make this jacket work for you.
Lisette Sew Your Style Pattern. Misses’ dresses have full pleated skirt and can be made short sleeve with keyhole front or sleeveless with Peter Pan collar and keyhole front. Pattern also include gathered peplum jacket.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so, but I omitted the peplum.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although I chose to french seam everything so ensure a perfectly neat finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the cropped shape. It will be perfect to wear over full skirts and dresses once the weather warms up. Although I wore it out for a lunch date today and it was perfect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1 inch sway back adjustment, shortened sleeves and omitted peplum.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew this again. I will definitely get round to trying the dress sometime. YES! I definitely recommend. A more sophisticated alternative to a cardigan.
A hidden gem of a jacket sleeping in this pattern. Love it!
We are going to be moving towards the end of this month so I have a couple more weeks to cram in as much sewing as possible! I don’t honestly know how much sewing will be happening in these parts after we move for a little while.