So how did I finish it? After sewing the side seams onto the front pieces, I put together the sleeve pieces. The jacket has dolman sleeve look. The sleeve is made from four different pieces, which are top-stitched.
I sewed the front shoulder to the top of the sleeve, then the back shoulder to the other side of the sleeve. This will allow you to sew the jacket together at the side seams. I ended up using about a 1" seam allowance because it was a little bigger than I wanted. I tapered the seam allowance at the hip and just before the cuff of the sleeve.
|The sleeve is the middle piece in this photo.|
After the side seams were sewn, I attached the waistband, collar and sewed the zipper in. That's it! Like I mentioned in my first post, I think this jacket could take an afternoon to sew up. It was so easy. It might have been easy because it is not something that is form fitting, but it feels like it should be harder than it was.
I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone. The fabric itself went together really well. One suggestion I have would be to not stretch the fabric too much. It will stretch a little bit while sewing, but don't pull at it. You may get a puckered look when you top-stitch over your seams. The pattern was easy for me to understand, but I'm not sure if it would be good for a beginner. I felt like you should know something about garment construction because of the terms they used and having to flip back and forth between the written instructions and visual instructions on separate papers.
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