Jewel in the crown
This is my second and final contribution to the Japanese Sewalong on Tanoshii. It’s another win from Casual Sweet Clothes by Noriko Sasahara. I’ve sewn the Jewel-Neck Jacket with Bow (Pattern D) in a stunning Japanese cotton from Tessuti (purchased in 2014). I do have a weakness for Japanese cotton… Liberty… linen and of course European knits (joyful laugh).
My jewel-neck jacket is bow-less and in fact fastener-less as well. I’ve left off the single snap for now… it maybe added later, or not! I expect the latter.
This is an unlined casual jacket which will be a great transeasonal piece. Perfect for a crisp Autumn morning of shopping:
The raglan sleeve has a separate front and back piece which gives great shaping in the shoulder. The volume in the sleeves is definitely bottom-heavy and the three-quarter length is flattering.
The jacket is drafted for woman who are 165cm tall (that’s me) and I found the jacket length to be perfect straight out of the packet… er book? I like my jackets on the shorter side.
Finished pattern measurements (including ease) suggested I made a medium and my calico showed no need for ANY alterations *gasps*. Making no fit changes is refreshing and I expect it will encourage me to sew more patterns from this book!
There was one little lesson learned during this make. Japanese pattern books don’t include seam allowances and you are given guides for adding seam and hem allowance in the cutting diagram. On this occasion the back facing only required a seam allowance on the short ends and the curved edge that joins that jacket. On my first attempt I added the seam allowance to the wrong curved edge and couldn’t work out why the back facing was so big. I originally expected I might have traced the wrong pattern piece (yes, I’ve done this before too!) but after back-tracking I realised my error. A minor speed hump in an otherwise straight-forward sew.
Pattern: Jewel-Neck Jacket with Bow (Pattern D) from Casual Sweet Clothes: Favourite Pieces for Every Day by Noriko Sasahara
Fabric: Japanese Cotton from Tessuti (purchased in 2014)
Outfit: Painting a Picture Top (blogged here) & NYDJ jeans
Accessories: Scarf and shoes from Scarlett Jones & bag from Hack Leather in Cologne, Germany – bought with my beautiful friend Anne.