Wednesday, July 08, 2009

McCall's 5815 - Nanette Lepore Knockoff


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Spotted at TJ Maxx for $149.99

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5815, view A
Fabric: a linen blend
Lining: poly charmeuse
Notions: three 1" buttons

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined jackets A, B, below waist, have shawl collar variations, princess seams, drapey patch pockets and shaped hemline; dress A has short sleeves with pleats; dress B has long, two-piece sleeves with slits and self-fabric flower.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 20. I cut a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Since it was practically the same color, it looks almost identical (with the exception of the pockets).

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy. I was expecting the bow to be more difficult, but it's a lot easier than it looks.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that this pattern is an exact copy of a Nanette Lepore jacket from her Spring 2008 Collection.

Fabric Used: I used a linen/poly blend found at Hancock. For the lining, I used a poly charmeuse. I loved the color and the print of the lining fabric. I wasn't concerned about lining this jacket with polyester. Even though I live in Alabama, I'm hardly ever outside for long periods of time in nice clothing. I'm sure I will not combust walking to my car. ;-)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 inches to the length and made a FBA. Also, I fumbled with pockets for quite some time and still couldn't get them to drape like the Nanette Lepore jacket. I decided to just add a pleated detail. I wanted the pleated cap sleeves to keep their shape, so I added sleeve heads. Also, the sleeve lining is sewn to the sleeve by the hem, then the armscye is handstitched to the lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would love to sew this in a wool pinstripe for Fall. I highly recommend this.

1 comment:

  1. I love you beautiful jacket. I am now in search of the pattern in size 16-18.