Size: S3874 comes in sizes 8 to 24. I used size 8 for the jacket. For the dress, I used size 8 for the bodice and waist and expanded out to size 12 for the hip (I could have used size 10 here, but I wanted extra hip ease since some days I sit a lot at work).
Fabric: For the jacket, I used a navy polyester blend twill from Wal Mart. For the dress, I used a blue box print polyester silky from Fabricland.
Comments: As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it. I love anything with raglan sleeves, so this was a no brainer. I have some other fabric that is perfect for this style, but I wanted to check the fit first, so I used some el cheapo fabric that has been clogging up my stash for a while now. I am not a huge fan of polyester, but after working with these two fabrics, I have to say that they are much nicer than their prices would suggest.
Both the dress and jacket went together easily, as this pattern was drafted very nicely. The only difficult part is getting the jacket collar and front "facings" attached nicely. But with careful marking and sewing, it isn't too tough.
The only changes I will be making for next time are the following:
- I will eliminate the back zipper, as the dress slips on quite easily over my head.
- The dress is a little tight across the back, through the shoulder blades. I seem to have this problem a lot of the time. The neckline and midriff areas fit perfectly, but the back pulls across the shoulder blades. This is a real problem for me at work, as I am always writing on the chalkboard and using my arms out in front of me. I looked up a solution in one of my fitting books that I will be trying in the future. I sure hope it works because this pulling across the back is quite annoying.
- The jacket is cute. However, I find it to be a bit boxy and it tends to obscure the fact that I have a waist. Next time, I will make it shorter or add more shaping to the side seams.