Hey y’all! Today I’m going to review the McCartney Jacket Pattern by Shwin Designs. Just to be clear, I did not receive this pattern for free nor did anyone ask me to blog this. These are just my honest, unbiased opinions.
When I saw this jacket pattern my first thought was YES! It’s like a grown up Imagine Jacket! (I think we all know how I feel about the Imagine Jacket, buy you can read about it HERE and HERE.) My first version of this jacket didn’t go too well, but I learned a lot so this time it was a piece of cake to sew.
The printing was easy, the instructions are very clear. There are photographs of each construction step and I LOVE that in a pattern. The fit is great, I made the Large based on my measurements and the fit is exactly as I’d hoped. I did change a few things. I changed the collar because I like the sporty vibe of a ribbed knit collar. (If you are interested in a tutorial for how to do this let me know!)
I also added a step after I noticed my ribbing was looking floppy when the jacket wasn’t on my body. It’s a small thing, but if I’m going to go to the trouble of sewing myself a jacket I’m going to tell people I sewed it, and if I hang it on a chair or coat rack I want it to look as good as it does on my body!
To fix this issue I simply topstitched around the sleeves and waistband after the jacket was constructed. I made sure to shove the seam allowances toward the jacket (not the ribbing) and sewed along the jacket side. Now my ribbing stays together nicely!
If I make this jacket again (and I plan to!) I will probably add an inch or so to the length of the bodice pieces. #longtorsoproblems