Vogue 7467-Claire Shaeffer’s Custom Collection

Yea! I finally finished this jacket!
 
Pattern Description: "Semi-fitted, partially interfaced, lined, below-hip jacket has collar, shoulder pads, upper welt pocket, lower pockets, side panels and long two-piece sleeves."
Pattern Sizing: I used size 12.   
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?  yes! there were tons and tons of instructions written by Claire Shaeffer employing couture techniques. They were very explicit and understandable.  Although the process is very time-consuming, one can learn alot by making one of these jackets.
What did you particularly like  or dislike about the pattern?  The pattern was well-drafted.  Believe it or not, the best thing about this pattern, if you follow the couture construcion techniques, is the hand-sewing.  All of the pad stitching in the collar and lapels used gave the collar softness, without looking limp.  With the turn of the lapel clearly marked one is able to make the collar and stand lie flat but soft (not an easy thing to do with wool gabardine!).
I used a beautiful piece of wool gab bought from Denver Fabrics, www.denverfabrics.com several years ago, thus beginning my love-hate relationship with this fabric.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I always have to "petite" the sleeves and waist length for most Vogue Patterns.  The pattern called for sew-in hair canvass for the chest piece and batiste for interfacing, but I used a stiff cotton organdy for all interfacing.  I also used fusible stay tape instead of sew-in twill tape, still with great results.
I don’t know if I would ever sew one of these jackets again, because I’m not a big fan of the BIG shoulder padded styling.  But I love the way this jacket hangs and its softness.  It’s a classic, definite keeper.  If you ever wanted to attend a couture class, but haven’t, get any one of Claire Shaeffer’s patterns and class is in session! You are in for a very technical treat!  The instructions also contain a separate section for quick, reqular assembly, using fusibles, etc. 
Conclusion:  yes, this is time-intensive, but not difficult!  You will be thrilled with the results and you will have a classic wardrobe piece that will last forever, IMO.
 
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