Pattern Review BWOF 4/2008 #107

Eileen has finished her 1st BWOF pattern and she loves it. Here is her review. Click here to view pattern.

Fabric: 50″
97%cotton 3% Lycra
(cotton sateen)
12.00 (sold out)

Prewash: Wash in hot water; dry on perma press cycle

Notions: Thread, size 90 universal needle, Fusi-Knit interfacing, 13 buttons, straight stitch foot, tailor board

Alterations: This pattern is a petite size. I used a size 21 which is the same as 42 in women’s sizes. The petite size worked out great for me because I’m short waisted. I added 1/2″ to the side seams but next time I will add to the center front where I need it. I also took in through the princess seam for the upper chest and lowered the shoulder slope 1/4″.

Constructions Details: I used a printed fabric for the under collar

front shield and the binding under the arm. The tailor board was great for pressing all corners and curves. I tried using Armo Weft interfacing but it would not adhere to the fabric. The Fusi-Knit worked like a charm. I put the iron on a medium setting to fuse in place.

Two details I want to mention are the bellow pockets

and the pleated sleeve trim.

For the pleated sleeve trim I made a template using a manila folder, and pressed and stitched the trim in place.

The bellow pockets are extra thick at the top.

I used a buttonhole stitch and a jean-a-ma-jig (plastic insert for stitching over heavy seams).

The Readers Digest Sewing Book helped with the construction especially for the buttonholes.

I didn’t make the belt because I’m short waisted and it interfered with the pockets.

Additional Details:


Conclusion: Besides wearing this with black pants, I have enough of this fabric to make shorts. I would also wear this with a skirt or with a black turtle neck for winter.

Thanks Eileen! Great job!


  1. Fabri-holic
    October 30, 2008 / 9:43 pm

    Excellent Job Ellen!

  2. Anonymous
    November 15, 2008 / 12:15 pm

    Eileen,You have PIZAZZ!!!! I absolutelylove your jacket. You did anexcellent job of constructing it!The Fabrichollic

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