I have dithered over making this jacket since I received the pattern last Christmas: I wasn’t really sure I was into the pleated sleeves and the peplum shaping – or the zippered fastening for that matter. I had my mind and heart pretty much set on this pattern. But then the Indie Pattern challenge New To Me was announced. And so I got out the Sewaholic pattern again, had my first real proper look at the instructions and thought it might be do-able (especially since I already had some fabric and lining, both lengths found in the remnant bins at The Fabric Store, waiting in the wings). Not having used a Sewaholic pattern before it felt like a bit of a backward step to be using a thin, very thin tissue paper pattern (after PDF patterns and tracing paper. I see that Tasia is now offering a PDF print-at-home option for some of her patterns – way to go!).
I’d done a bit of googling on the Cordova pattern and had read there was some issue with one of the pattern pieces not being long enough: I can confirm this (please see my blog here and here for more details)! I cut a straight size 6 making no adjustments (but see below). Attaching the peplums, pleating the sleeve heads, inserting the sleeves, inserting the zipper (a bit of a worry this; I hadn’t used an open-ended zipper before) and attaching the lining all happened without too many hitches BUT I was longing for just a little bit more hand-holding. IMveryHO, the instructions are on the skimpy side and because of that I don’t think this is a pattern for beginners. But hey! I made a jacket.
Things I like: I like the just-about-hip length of the jacket, I like the zipper fastening and I’m really pleased with my lining – ta-da!
Things I’m on the fence about: those pleated sleeve heads (I’m not sure they’re really me plus I’m kicking myself that I didn’t shorten the length of the shoulder seams to make the pleats stand up a bit more) and those peplums.
Now that it’s winter here I’m hoping I’m going to wear this jacket
lots many times; time will tell. Would I make this pattern again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? – a hesitant yes; see my point above re. lack of detailed instructions. Would I use Sewaholic patterns again? Definitely but the PDF-available patterns only. Unless Father Christmas is kind enough again…