|Front view with welt pockets|
|Side view with dog, anxiously awaiting her morning walk|
|Dress form view|
I also left the pocket flaps off the breast pockets. I toyed with the idea of omitting those pockets altogether, but a breast pocket sure is handy for carrying a phone along. Only, in order to fit my ginormous phone I had to deepen the pocket quite a bit. I also made up a pocket bag instead of topstitching the pocket to the jacket front (cleverly avoiding another chunk of topstitching).
|Breast pocket without pocket flap|
|Welt pockets, prior to removing placement marks|
Most of the techniques in the class were not totally new to me. The two that were are:
- sewing without pins
- the burrito method for sleeve cuffs
I'm not a total convert to pinless sewing, but I'm halfway there. I do believe that pinless sewing works best when you have a narrow seam allowance. The Jacket Express uses either 3/8 or 1/4 inch. That was, frankly, terrifying to me. Most especially when I was attaching the cuffs. Given the heft of my fabric and the 11 layers (7 fabric and 4 interfacing) at this juncture, there was a lot of bulk to work through, and not a lot of wiggle room to play with. Still, Ms. Pray's method gave me one of the cleanest finishes I've ever gotten.
|Far from perfect, but my finish is loads better using the burrito method!|
Janet Pray was organized and easy to follow, and she had a natural, engaging style. My Craftsy library includes Janet Pray's Sew Better Sew Faster, Shirtmaking class. The Man has been wanting a flannel shirt; I'm thinking Janet Pray may be my best bet for making him happy.
So, I like the jacket and I like the class. If you haven't played around with Craftsy, give them a look-see.
My pattern review is on PatternReview.com here.