Hi everyone! School has been in session for two weeks here, and I’m so ready for Fall temperatures. But, it’s still upper 90’s and gawdawful humid! I can’t bring myself to pull out the wool fabric yet, but some layering pieces would be a nice addition to my closet. Recently, I tried out this pattern, the Wong-Singh-Jones Maharajah Jacket.
Hard to photograph white, I finally got a decent picture at night, indoors, no flash.
Ok, so you can’t see the details here, but you can see proportions and fit.
This is a semi-fitted jacket that has princess panel seams with bust darts, vertical welt pockets and empire seam. It finishes at the high hip and has two-piece, 3/4 length sleeves. It has a shaped neckband, topstitching, and a wrap-front with loops and buttons.
The sizing of the pattern runs 6-26, all in one envelope. The 3/8 inch seam allowances are included in the pattern, so it’s fairly easy to trace the pieces
Not really, but the pattern is classified as Intermediate. In this case, you need to be comfortable with sewing curved seams,setting in sleeves, and accurate top-stitching.
I used a crinkle cotton from my stash that I block-fused with Pro Tailor Deluxe from Fashion Sewing Supply. Seriously, best products ever!! I also lined it. Optional lining pieces are included in the pattern.
I made a whole heckofalot of alterations. I’ve yet to figure out the whole HotPatterns fitting block. According to my measurements, I’m somewhere between a 10 and 12. Other reviews I had read said that the sleeves were on the small side, so just to be safe, I cut a size 12 from muslin.
(let’s see if I can list them all…)
Can you figure them all out from the pictures here? I shortened the armscye by pinching out a whole inch in the front, back, and sleeve cap. Before that, I re-traced and re-cut the upper portion in a size 10, tapering to a 12 below the empire seam. I also pinched out two inches in the upper back, tapering to nothing at the empire seam in the center back. I shaved the sleeve caps an additional quarter-inch off the top, even after shortening them the first time (see above muslin pictures).
If you want to make this one yourself, I highly recommend you make a muslin first. I think the pattern instructions recommend it as well. Also, you need to be comfortable with sewing those curved seams at the neck. And, let’s just say that neither my curved seaming nor my topstitching are perfect:
This is going to bother me, I just know it. I’ll probably remove the topstitching at some point. The rows aren’t too bad, and the curved seam is barely acceptable. But, put them together, and…GAH!
I like the welt pockets, easy to set in on the seam:
Dressy, and cool with an edge! This is definitely something different!