Saturday, June 5, 2010

McCalls 5815 -- the finale

I finally put the finishing touches on this jacket and if I must say so myself it turned out wonderfully. While I originally thought I would add pleats and buttons to the top of the pockets,  I decided to omit them. To get the pockets to drape like the pattern, I applied steam directly to the pockets while the jacket was hanging on my dressform. I used a unit called the Steam Fast. I'll upload photos of me with the jacket on in the near future. Today was not a hair and makeup day!

Pattern Description:
Missess' lined jacket: semi-fitted below waist have shawl collar variations, princess seams drapey patch pocket and shaped hemline
Pattern Sizing:
4-20 -- I cut a size 16 in the neck shoulder and armhole gradually going out to a 20. I'm glad I made this pattern because no plus-size sewers had sewn it to date.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think my jacket look exactly like the pattern. Although I initially couldn't get the pockets to drape like the pattern, after using a steamer, I think the pockets are pretty close to what they should be.



Pocket close up

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy except took a while for me to be able to wrap my mind around how to make the tuck in the center back neck.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like jackets just below the waist and the princess seams made it easier to adjust for my DD cup size. The lapel detail is what attracted me to the pattern and was not a disappointment.

Lapel close up

Fabric Used:
A linen and polyester blend. Although this fabric raveled like mad it was very easy to work with. I used some satin from my stash for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As always I started with a 1" wide back adjustment and followed that with a 1" FBA. I  had to take about 3/4 from the neck opening to prevent the neckline from gapping. I didn't adjust the collar pieces and it didn't present any problems during consruction. I usually add fleece sleeve heads to lined jackets and did the same on this one.
Sleeve heads

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I doubt that I will sew it again but will keep it in my stash just in case. I highly recomment it to others.
I intended to make this jacket last summer but never got around to it. Better late than never!

Up next is either Simplicity 2703 or Butterick 5469. I'm leaning more towards the Butterick pattern because it's lined and I'm in the mood to make lined garments!

On the weight loss front, I only lost 1lb this week! I stuck to the WeightWatchers program religiously and was somewhat disappoint that I only lost the 1lb--but 1lb is 1lb. I will say that early that day I exercised for about 1 hour and drank nearly a gallon of water! For some reason these days I cannot get enough to drink. I will continue to follow the program because it is very easy to stay on track and I really like it. I am going to focus more on losing inches than on a number on the scale.


  1. That is a wonderful jacket! I love that pattern. You make me want to take mine out and sew it!

  2. This is soooo Pretty!!! WOw, the collar is awesome, I can't wait to see this jacket on you. You are so talented!! :D

  3. What a fabulous jacket. I love that gorgeous collar and the colour is wonderful!

  4. Pretty Jacket and like the way you were able to make the pocket drape.

  5. Very pretty jacket, came out beautifully. You're right about the weight don't focus on the numbers.

  6. I love this jacket! And you made it in a color that you always look SO great in. Can't wait to see it on.

  7. Your last paragraph scares me. Have you been checked for diabetes? Two of my friends who had breast cancer developed diabetes from the cancer medications. Please get checked out soon if you haven't already.
    A gallon of water would definitely mask any more weight loss you probably had. I wouldn't worry about that.
    The jacket is absolutely wonderful. I love that lapel and the pockets.

  8. This turned out great! And great idea to steam the pockets to make them drape. I love the color, fantastic work as always!

  9. Cute jacket, I love the color. Would love to see it on you.

  10. You've done a great job and I know that red will look amazing on you.

  11. What a stunning jacket!! You did a fantastic job.

  12. Wonderful! You did a great job.

  13. I love this jacket! I bet the color looks beautiful on you!