I hadn't participated in the #sewyourview challenge on Instagram in a while so I decided to put to use some cute fabric in my stash to use. I also wanted something fun and different to wear for my birthday so it was a twofer! That feels weird to say, I don't have a large stash so, to shop in it was a good feeling. I originally made the longer view and in the fabric, it looked like a priestly robe. I did a poll and everyone voted to cut it and I agreed. The pictures aren't a clear as I'd like, but we get the gist of it.
Misses' duster and vest pattern is easy to sew and offers sleeve and hemline variations for multiple ways to make it unique. Choose between different sleeve styles and trim ideas including tassels and fringe for a festival vibe.
SIZING:XS-XL I made an XL
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, it's a straight forward pattern with just a few pieces, there was nothing complicated in the instructions. I believe a beginner could follow along with no issues.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the different views for a jacket or vest and the different trim options. I also like the neckline of the jacket. I don't know if I like the way the longer view, view A doesn't go straight down from hip to hem, it kind of has a swing curved hem that takes up more fabric and looked a little weird in my print. It's an open jacket without closures so that's a plus and it doesn't have any darts but it shapes OK mostly due to the "swing" of the hem. I feel the neck facing could be a little longer, or you can actually use binding for the neckline, but those are my preferences.
Fabric Used:Cotton/linen blend
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a forward shoulder adjustment, I graded up a 1/4 inch on each pattern piece for more ease at the bust and waist. I did a full bicep adjustment and I cut 16 inches from the hem after trying it on. I also omitted the trim since my pattern was so busy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I plan to shorten it and see how I like a crop jacket.