Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Simplicity 2284

Description:  Misses' & Miss petite lined jacket in two lengths with trim variations… separate patterns included for A, B, C, D cup sizes.

Sizing: 6 to 24

Instructions:  They were really very good, even has instructions for sleeve heads.  I did follow most of their instructions but used this Ann R's tutorial at flickr for interfacing and sleeve heads

Here are my pictures from the inside

I stitched a basting line for the hem at the bottom


Likes/Distlikes:  I was trying to recreate this Cabi Jacket and I really thought this pattern was just the match.

I liked the construction, loved the cup sized pattern and the style.  the only thing I don't like (and it is my fault) is the narrow sleeves.  If I had looked at the pattern envelope I would have noticed the jacket is modeled with knit tops, probably sleeveless.    I wanted to be able to wear some blouses with my jacket, like the picture, but I will not be able to do this, not enough ease.  Other than that, I really like my jacket.

Changes:  I added 1" to the length of the jacket and the sleeves.  I also made my own fringe for this jacket.
I cut the fringe about 1-1/2" wide and unraveled on each side:
Then from the larger threads I unraveled, made a braid:


I used two layers of the fringe, then applied the braid to the fringe with a zigzag.  Then I applied the trim to the pockets and jacket with a zigzag.


Here you can see the two layers, makes the trim fluffier.

I found Threads article November 2005 #121, "Inside The Chanel Jacket", to be very helpful and the pictures of actual Chanel garment helped with trim placement.

The biggest news for me was I made a muslin of this pattern, something I don't do very often.  I knew the jacket would take some time to construct and I wanted to have the sizing correct. 

I also added hooks and eyes to close the jacket.

Fabric: Berry Tweed from Fashionista Fabrics

Conclusion:  I really like my jacket, it turned out even better than the picture in my head.  I do wish I could wear those blouses with it but I will just have to make another one.  After examining the Cabi picture, the sleeves on that jacket are much wider (or at least appear to be).  


 I lightened this photo a bit so you could see the details:




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We are at home, waiting for the snow plow, see no road:

It is in front of that barbed wire fence somewhere.  I am in now hurry, I know they will be by when they can, lots of roads in my county.

23 comments:

  1. Lori That's a great jacket. I too find that if I'd looked at the picture closer, I might have done things a little differently. It seems they do try to tell us some things, but subtly.

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  2. Lori, it looks GREAT! I'm so glad you got it done and gave me a heads up on the fit. I'm working on mine right now.
    But, hey, we need a glamorista shot of you in the jacket!

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  3. Fantastic job, Lori! Très chic!

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  4. The jacket looks great! I love the trim treatment. I noticed that the sleeves on the Cabi jacket look short-3/4? The model has her shirt cuff turned up and you can still see some of the blouse before the sleeve begins.

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  5. This is absolutely beautiful. Wow

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  6. Fabulous jacket! Love the detail! Your fringe is terrific and the whole look is just ideal!

    Enjoy your jacket!

    Lynda in LV

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  7. Looks gorgeous! I love it. I wish I had the patience for a chanel jacket project.

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  8. Oh, cute, cute, cute, Lori! I love the fringe. That jacket is one you can wear with jeans or a skirt equally well. That is some fine sewing, you did, lady.

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  9. I love it. The fringing is just the vest trim for a Chanel style jacket. Well done on a beautifully made garment.

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  10. I love the fringe on the jacket. The braiding is a great idea.

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  11. It's beautiful! The trim is just perfect!

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  12. What a gorgeous jacket! A bummer than you can't wear a blouse under it (I made something like that recently too). I hope you still get a lot of wear out of it - I love the trim!

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  13. Well done, beautiful jacket!

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  14. Gorgeous jacket. I really love the color and the way you did your trim... it came out looking very professional.

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  15. Great job.
    MAkes me want to try this brand of patterns

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  16. That ia a beautiful jacket. You did a great job.

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  17. That is a beautiful jacket and love the trim details.

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  18. You did an amazing job on it Lori! Love the fringe and it looks like a great replica of the CAbi jacket. I have bought a few of their jackets, and they are spendy (but well made). Glad you could make your own!

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  19. Fabulous jacket~!! Love the trim and the colors! Meanwhile hear in Texas we're worried about the couple of inches of "snow" we're supposed to get tonight. :)

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  20. Just beautiful. The fabric, the trim, just perfect.

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  21. Beautiful jacket! I love the trim. Perfect pattern too!

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  22. You did an amazing job! I love the colour,
    Angela

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  23. Outstanding, Lori. The jacket is beautiful and thanks for showing the details. I have this pattern too and one of the likes is the cup sizes (convenience).

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