Monday, October 15, 2012

Purple Corduroy Jacket Finished! Simplicity 3628

The purple jacket is DONE!  I now present my version of Simplicity 3628 Project Runway design....Ta Da!

This was my first attempt at a lined jacket.  I got completely lost trying to read the pattern instructions for the lining.  I think they assumed I already knew how to do it.  Thankfully there are some pretty good tutorials like  this one or this one which helped me out.  One thing the pattern instructions told me to do that I missed was cutting the lining pieces 1" shorter than the fabric pieces.  I figured that out on my own, but it would have been easier to do that in the first place.  I wanted the jacket to stop at my high hip so I needed to shorten everything anyway.

Since I know you're dying to see more photos, here they are:

Here is a view of my purple lining and the corduroy interior pocket I added.  It should be noted that there are no pockets in this jacket (so silly), so I added one for my phone.  I located it under the bust so I wouldn't have any phone bulges where there should only be curves ;)
Side view
Back view
I'm hoping that the back wrinkles are only due to the fact that I have worn this jacket quite a lot since I finished it, not because it's really too tight anywhere.  It doesn't feel tight on, so let's call them travel wrinkles.

I am thrilled with my results!  I have been wearing this every chance I get and I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that someone somewhere will compliment me on it and I will get the chance to say "Thanks, I made it!"

Here's the official pattern review:

Simplicity 3628 (Project Runway)

Pattern Description: Misses jacket with front and sleeve variations.  I made view B without the cuffs or (fake) pocket flaps.

Pattern Sizing: 8-16.  I made a 14 at the chest, grading up to an 18 at the hip, and a 16 for the sleeve (but had to make it bigger)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did

Were the instructions easy to follow? The assembly of the jacket was straightforward.  I had trouble following the instructions for the lining, since I had never made a lined jacket before.  I found this online tutorial to be very helpful.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn't like that there are no real pockets!!

Fabric Used: fine wale corduroy

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I cut a size 16 for the sleeve, but found it to be too tight when I made up a muslin, so I slashed and spread it about an inch.  I also shortened the entire jacket (I'm not very tall) to fall at the high hip.  I omitted the pocket flaps for the fake pockets and added an interior slip in pocket for my phone.  I also did not make the cuffs so I extended the length of the sleeve piece prior to cutting.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely sew it again.  I am contemplating making a red one so yes, I would definitely recommend it.

Conclusion:  I'm thrilled with the results of my first lined jacket.  There's really nothing to be timid about and the results are great!


  1. Beautiful jacket. Great fit, and the color is perfect for you. Have fun wearing it and I am sure you will get compliments.

  2. Love this jacket on you! Great color and fabric. Very clever cell phone pocket!

  3. It looks marvelous! LOVE the color, and the lining is just gorgeous. Yay for adding pockets! The fit is perfect - you did a fantastic job! I agree, a red version would be great for you as well :)

  4. You did a great job and this color looks fabulous on you!


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