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Here is my review on the Pona Jacket by Helen’s Closet rapid-fire style.
The pattern (Pona Jacket by Helens Closet) is described as an oversized jacket. Has an off the shoulder seam line and I would describe it as a casual lightweight jacket. This pattern had two views, one long length that hits at mid-thigh and the second a cropped look hitting around the high hip. There are no closures for the jacket.
The patterns suggest a light to medium weight woven. I used a nonstretch cotton sateen in olive green. (Source unknown).
After measuring and checking the pattern like I described in my previous post. There seemed to be no adjustments needed.
Thoughts on sizing:
The overall fit of the pattern is exactly as described in the pattern. The pattern has you choose a size based on high bust measurement which I totally agree with. Love the size range and appreciate all the details explaining the intended fit.
How many pattern pieces:
There is a front, back, and sleeve. Two facings. The back-facing requires interfacing but not the front. The front is pretty wide so I can see how it would be suggested not to. Pocket piece and collar.
This is the easiest jacket to construct since there is no lining, no set-in sleeves, and minimal pattern pieces. This can easily be constructed within a few hours or a day. If you are a confident sewer, it’s possible to get by not having to read the instructions so diligently.
What was the hardest part of the pattern:
Absolutely nothing. The instructions were detailed and easy to understand. Illustrations were clear and detailed. One thing I wished they would have listed was different ways to finish the seams since this jacket has no lining.
What I did differently:
Nothing I did exactly what was instructed by the pattern. I agreed with most of the sewing techniques.
What did I like/dislike about the pattern:
I liked everything about the pattern from the printing and assembly of the pattern to the sewing instructions. There is nothing I disliked.
Opinions on drafting/pattern making:
Overall I thought the pattern making is great. I appreciate the correct annotated notches and grainline placements. One thing I wish I could see on the pattern though is the major fit point (waist and bust) and center front labeled.
I love this pattern and its the easiest, quickest jacket pattern you would make. I would highly reccommend beginner sewist to try this jacket out if they are wanting to dive into coats and jackets. This is a great starting point and anyone can breeze through this pattern quickly.
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