Pattern: Butterick 5567 - view D
Size: size 8 - no alterations
Fabric: navy blue (very subtly striated with dark plum) tropical weight worsted wool gabardine from Fabric Mart
Comments: Since joining the Jacket a Month (12-4-12) sewalong on Stitcher's Guild, I have been seeing amazing jackets and coats everywhere. Whether in pattern form or on retail shopping sites, I am bombarded by inspiration. Oddly enough though, this first jacket sprang forth without any outside influence. I picked up the pattern at the last BMV sale and while going through my stash, this wool seemed like the perfect match.
This jacket sewed up very quickly and easily. The pattern is drafted well, the instructions are good and all the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. This would be an ideal project for a beginning sewist looking for a simple intro jacket project. There is essentially no fitting due to the dropped shoulders and the large amount of ease built into the design. Also, the jacket closes with a single snap at the neck, so there are no finicky closures (like buttons or zippers) to fret about.
I'm not sure this would be the best design for the busty gals in the crowd - due to the limited fitting options. However, the rest of us boobically impaired ladies don't need much fitting. Flat pattern, flat chest - it's all good.
Conclusion: Nice little jacket. I won't likely be making it again, as I prefer jackets with some more waist shaping, but this one will be a nice addition to my professional wardrobe.