Saturday, April 10, 2010

Review of Simplicity 2701

Pattern Description:
Misses' Jacket with front, collar and sleeve variations and skirt.

Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 4, 6, 8,10, and 12. I made a straight size 10.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is the first time I've used a Project Runway pattern, and I was pleased with the in-depth instructions.

Fabric Used:
I used a textured cotton woven from Joann's.

Changes made:
-one button on the front instead of two
-lengthened the back facing as mentioned below

Construction and Conclusion:
I liked everything about the style the first time I saw it on Sharon's review, and I knew I wanted to make one in red.

I cut out this jacket 5 months ago, before Christmas. However, it got pushed to the back burner, and I didn't make much progress on it. Every time I walked into my sewing room, the pile of red fabric mocked me. Well, Easter has come and gone, and I knew I couldn't sew another thing before finishing the jacket. At this point, I decided to simply serge the seams instead of binding them as the pattern instructed. I just needed to get the jacket off my work table!

THE BEST CHANGE I made to the jacket was actually a suggestion that Lori made in her review of her lovely jacket: I lengthened the back facing to cover up the back seam and to conceal the top of the pleat. Why the pattern maker didn't do this in the first place is beyond me as it makes the jacket so much nicer on the inside.

I half wish I had taken the time to bind the seams, but really, I just needed to get this thing done. I'm happy with the finished jacket, even with the serged seams and my slightly crooked welt pockets. This was the first time for me to ever make welt pocket openings, so maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself. : ) And yes, there are real pockets under the openings.

I like the button tab on the back, directly above the pleat.

The fabric is a deep red like in this picture.

Happy Sewing,


  1. I am NOW a follower of your blog :>)

    Lynda in LV

  2. That's beautiful!

    I used a Project Runway pattern last Christmas (for my daughter) and I didn't care for the way it was written. It's nice to know that some are different! :-)

  3. Very pretty jacket. I made this last winter, my fabric was awful. I need to try it again, especially after seeing your jacket.

  4. Beautiful! Aren't you glad you finished that now? :-)

  5. What a great jacket. It's hard to believe that was your first time doing welt pockets. They look perfect.

  6. Wow, what a lovely jacket and so classic and cute. Great job. You should be very proud of yourself.


  8. Your jacket is absolutely beautiful! Well worth the wait!