Thursday, April 9, 2009

V8133 Pattern Review

Pattern Description: Unlined, long sleeve jacket with combined collar and lapel
Pattern Sizing:8-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like that it only had five pieces and was unlined. I also like jackets that I don't have to wear a blouse under. I didn't dislike anything about it.
Fabric Used: A polyester blend for Walmart that I only paid $1.50 a yard for! I also made matching slacks and skirt but used a different pattern. Total three piece outfit cost a little more than $10 including zippers and thread.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did my usual FBA, and wide and high-round back adjustment. For a high fashion twist I added an embroidered design that I downloaded from the Threads website a couple of years ago. The embroidery was added before construction. I also added the faux pocket flaps with embroidery that I mirror imaged to get the exact same look and therefore had a left and right pocket flap. Finally I added a back neck facing.
Would you sew it again? I love this jacket and am sure I will make it again!
Would you recommend it to others?I would highly recommend this patterns for others. It sews up in no time
Conclusion: I've had this pattern for a couple of years and can't believe I waited so long to use it.
It took me using four machines to get this jacket done but it was well worth it. I started out sewing with my backup machine for no particular reason. Next I used my serger to finish the seams. Then I used my 4x4 embroidery machine to embroider the back neck facing that I added. When I tried to use the same machine to embroider the lapel it kept jamming. After breaking 5 needles I finally gave up and took out my main machine which does sews and does embroidery. Was able to embroider the lapels and the pocket flaps! Now it's on to the next project.


  1. That jacket is fantastic!!!! Seams rippers, irons, and sewing machines come in that order of importance for me!!! Ha!1

  2. Gorgeous! Such a strong jacket.

  3. Great jacket. The embroidery is divine. Wear it in good health.