Before I sewed my DCF Challenge version of Simplicity 1318 (blogged last year), I sewed a wearable muslin to get a better idea of what size to choose. This is a pattern that has been well used in the sewing community. Both the reviews and the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces indicated that there was plenty of ease. I just wanted to check before I cut into my challenge fabric, so used some leftover Thai cotton double gauze to see if my guess on sizing was right.
I didn’t have much fabric, so this is view A, the short version without added bands. It was incredibly fast to sew.
I used the overlocker to finish the raw edges but did most construction on the sewing machine. I wanted to be able to pivot nicely where the sleeve joins the side seams, and to be able to press the seams open. Narrow hems were turned twice around the front edges and neckline and topstitched in place. The bottom hem and sleeve hems were wider but treated the same way.
There’s really not much to this jacket. I have however discovered that I reach more for longer-line jackets than cropped ones, and this has already been transferred into the wardrobe in the spare bedroom.
Oh, and size wise? This is size Small, despite my measurements suggesting Medium. Always check those measurements on the pattern pieces and take your own ease preferences into account!