Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Simplicity 2313

Another gray jacket, this time for Erin.  She is need of some lightweight spring coats/jackets.  I had another piece of gray (a bit lighter in color than my new military jacket) and thougth it would work for  Simplicity 2313, View A, the blue one on the pattern envelope

Pattern description:  Misses' jackets with detail and collar variations. Optional details include button tabs, ruffled fronts, pleated collar and cuffs, elasticized cuffs, drawstring collar, zipper front

Sizing: 6 to 24

Instructions:  They are very good.  Simplicity gives detailed written instructions plus illustrations for this pattern.  The instructions are very good for the pocket which is a bit unique in design.  It is built into the princess seaming of the jacket.  First step is to construct the pocket flap and attach it to the front panel:
Then you attach one of the pockets to this piece and then other pocket to the side front.  I did notice you need to make sure the pocket on the side piece is sewn in the correct place.  This seam needs to be below the pocket flap, or the seam will show:

You can see the seam here,

I had to unsew this seam and do some adjusting.  My adjustment was to use a 5/8" seam on the pocket and a 1/4" seam on the side front.  This helped to lower the pocket-side front seam and place it visually below the pocket flap.

This jacket is unlined and I really like how the front facing piece (same as the front piece) is shaped.  This hides all the seaming from the pockets and gives you a much cleaner finish.
I used the this tutorial (one I had posted earlier) for the interfacing and a clean edge on the facing. 

Likes/Dislkes:  I was digging through my pattern stash looking for a lightweight jacket pattern and discovered I really don't have too many.  This one won for a couple of reasons: 1.  I didn't need a zipper (mine have all disappeared since Meredith has been making zipper jewelry.  2.  the fabric requirements were close to my yardage 3. looked appropriate for a 21 year-old
The pattern had great structure and some stylish details

I also liked the back tab details, the belt look without having to deal with a belt

Changes:  The only one was to eliminate the wide elastic cuff on the sleeve.  The reason - I did not have enough fabric, short by 2", so I added 1" to the sleeve cut line on View C and that worked perfectly.  My daughter and I wear the same size.  She has a bit broader shoulders and is a couple inches shorter.  The sleeves are too short for my, so they will be just right for her :).  On my dressform and on me, the shoulders are a bit wider on this jacket, so I think the fit will be perfect for her.

Conclusion:  My daughter is thrilled to have another jacket besides her Columbia fleece jacket.  This will look stylish when she is going to work or great for a more casual weekend look.

I have fabric and a zipper (hidden from Meredith) for View B, which is for me.  That will wait a few days, I have a couple more gray pieces of fabric to sew up.   It must be the winter weather hanging around here making me want to sew gray fabric.

These pictures were taken with a flash and an overhead light, so a bit of light bouncing off the fabric. 


Collar detail:

 Close-up of collar:



  1. Lucky daughter! It's young looking, but also sharp. The perfect thing for someone in their 20s to throw and look suddenly pulled together.

  2. Love the details on this pattern, and your jacket looks great! Fun to sew for daughters, isn't it?!

  3. Love the jacket and its in my favorite color. Thanks for the review, I have that pattern.

  4. Beautiful jacket! The design details really make it special.

  5. Great jacket. Funny about your zippers "disappearing."

  6. Beautifully made jacket.

  7. Nice jacket. Thanks for a great review. I might pull this pattern out of my stash.

  8. Very nice jacket! Those are some interesting and fun details... very beautifully made!

  9. Anonymous5:23 PM

    I happen to be making this exact jacket right now. Using view A also, and insted of the elastic cuffs I'm using the ruffle cuff from one of the other views. I'm just up to putting in the side pockets so your tips will come in very handy. I hope my turns out as nice as yours!

  10. Another fabulous jacket Lori! I particularly love the collar and the unique front pockets.

  11. This is a great looking jacket. I love the pocket details and the collar.

  12. this is nice Lori, I like it alot and I have this pattern.

  13. That's a wonderful jacket. Details make all the difference, don't they? Makes it very upscale. Nice job, Lori.

  14. Wonderful jacket - I love the interesting style details, they make it look very expensive!

  15. I've recently bought this pattern. I'm planning to all the versions over time. I was particularly attracted the frilled version, but I love the detailing on yours.