I was hoping to finish this jacket in time for the pattern review lined jacket contest, but my daughters 8 hour volleyball tournament made that impossible (they got 2nd place 🙂 ). I really don’t mind that I didn’t get it done in time though because I am just not sure about this one. I had this pattern (butterick 5335) in my stash for over a year now.
I loved this jacket the first time I saw it so I bought the pattern right away planning to sew it up last spring. Then I looked at reviews on patternreview.com and I was undecided. I like the basic look of the jacket all made up, but I couldn’t get over the sleeves. They just looked a little court jesterish and since I don’t know how to juggle…. well I just didn’t think it would work. So I put it away but every time I went through my patterns I still really liked it so I decided to go for it and just try something different with the sleeves.
I found a purple poly blend that looks like linen and was actually pretty easy to work with. It for sure didn’t press like linen, but since the jacket doesn’t have a lot of structure it worked nicely. I lined it with a purple charmuese. Instead of spending a hefty sum on magnectic snaps like the pattern says I just put button holes of the inside of the jacket so you have the button free look when the jacket is closed. I think I spent about 10 dollars in all for this jacket. I also made a casing on the sleeve and made some cording to put in it so the sleeves are gathered and I do like that a lot better than the juggling look. Any way I am not sure if I like it. It is one of those things where if the collar lays right I love it, but it doesn’t always want to lay right.
Here is my newly gathered sleeve, I think I like this, but I am not sure if it makes it look homemadey.
Here is the back view, I like this view the best. Maybe I should just walk around backwards whenever I wear this. Another adjustment I made to this pattern was to make the back belt about two inches smaller so I have a bit of a gathered effect in the back.
So there she is in all her purple glory. What do you think? Is she a keeper? I just can’t decide.