I picked up a few Style Arc patterns over the blackfriday-smallbusinesssaturday-shopmoresunday-cybermonday-palooza weekend, and the one I was most excited to try was the Violet knit jacket. I hadn’t sewn any Style Arc patterns before, but I’d heard a lot about them, so I made sure to get the pdf version so I could get a few different sizes and seam allowances marked (too lazy to add them in myself). (ETA: Thanks, Siobhan, for pointing out that I was mistaken, and that Style Arc always includes seam allowances. I mixed them up with Named patterns, oops!)
I wanted to make this in a cozy wool double knit, but I had a hard time finding fabric I liked. Fortunately, Thornberry had already shown that this could be made in a woven, so made mine with a pretty blue wool blend and underlined most of it so the slightly scratchy wool wouldn’t touch my skin. The underlining is one yard of woven plaid cotton I got in a destash, and it might be from Paris, so my new cozy jacket is all fancy and Italian-French!
After much dithering (as usual), I went with my correct size by bust measurement; this is a size 8. Oh! That’s one thing that did annoy me about the instructions — the pattern itself doesn’t include the size chart, so I had to keep going back to the etsy listing to look at it. HAD TO.
This was a really fun sew! It would have been pretty fast, too, if I hadn’t been underlining and serging almost everything (I didn’t underline the armhole bindings, pockets, and bottom bands). I enjoyed the puzzle of how the armholes get created, and my Featherweight didn’t have a problem going over the thicker underarm seam intersection. It’s nifty how the collar facing gets sewn onto the seam allowance after most of the jacket shell is constructed since that avoids contributing bulk to the underarm seam.
The shape of this jacket makes me so happy! I especially love it in this fabric with a little more structure. Now that I look at this picture, I kind of look like an origami frog from the back. hehehe. I love it!
Other reviewers mentioned that the pockets are tiny, so I widened mine enough to be able to fit my hands in, and I deepened them as much as I could. The pockets are completely enclosed by the bottom band, which is great — then they never peek out when they’re full!
Have I mentioned that I love my new short-sleeved coatigan? I’m SO going to make more!