It is something new for me to have a form-fitting jacket. Since in the past I would buy a size 38 tall in order to have the length in the arms and body. I did not realize how big size 38 was on me until comparing it to this one. I never have seen a 36 tall, which this jacket is.
|Vogue 8719 Jacket and Pants|
The bias-tape was a new skill for me. I made it myself because the instructions said so. I do not have a bias-tape maker, but I am glad I have a bias-tape foot for my sewing machine. Being an unlined jacket, the bias-tape finishes the seams nicely.
I decided not to line the arms. The pattern was supposed to have lined arms, but I put one lining in and thought it made the arm look wrinkly no matter what I did. I was going to bias-tape the arm holes, but after one attempt over three layers of fabric, I gave up and serged them. They came out looking nice.
I added two inches to the body and the arms. Next time I will add another inch(total 3) to the arms, the body seems the right length.
|A Little Longer Sleeve Next Time|
|A Wrinkle Under The Collar|
After my experience with this pattern for both pants and jacket I give it a thumbs up. I am not a fan of the instructions and illustrations for the jacket, but I was able to construct it with a little help from the internet and my sewing books. When a pattern fits and can be put together with minimum adjustments I am impressed. Even with the things I am pointing out, this is still a wearable jacket.
I don't think I am going to make this pattern again for a while. I think I am ready to change direction now and come back to making Vogue 8719 in the future. In fact, my new project is already being laid out. A t-shirt for Joe.
Thanks for stopping.