This Saturday we have the amazing Amanda from http://symondezyn.wordpress.com
She has completed the Andy Coat pattern from Namedclothing.com and had less than wonderful results despite her alterations and planning. Please read though her experiences and leave comments and suggestions for her:
I just want to preface this by saying, the reason this is “sew bad” is due to poor choice of style on my part – the pattern itself is fine – just not for my body!! lol
Being blessed/cursed with a full bust means I have Sew Bad makes from time to time, as I learn what styles work and don’t work for my figure. I had a lot more when I first started sewing but I’m still learning so I still get one like this from time to time 🙂
Why did you pick this pattern?
This is one of those makes that I envisioned very differently. In the modeled pattern pics (those trick me every time! lol) the silhouette looks slimmer; more tailored. In reality, a full bust (and adjustments made to fit said asset) makes the silhouette much more…. well, BIG lol, and looks more tent-like than tailored. In addition, I thought the collar-less style would be convenient, as I wear a lot of scarves, but what it does is it creates a high neckline that is again, not flattering on my full bust. I should have known this; I know what necklines work for me in clothing; obviously the same principles apply in outerwear.
What size did you think you were according to their envelope numbers?
Sz 40 (European sizing)
What size did you cut and did you alter before cutting?
Sz 40 (European sizing) with 2″ FBA and 2″ added to sleeve length
Did you encounter difficulties others would like to avoid?
No issues with the pattern itself (unless you hate PDF patterns; there’s a lot of taping and tracing needed LOL) – just a really poor style choice on my part, and probably not a good choice for the other full busted ladies among us 🙂
Is there anything in the photos we cannot see that you wanted us to know about?
To try & fix the shape, at first I was wearing it belted but the excess fabric was slipping up above the belt line, creating a “poof” that is decidedly unflattering on my figure. Unbelted the jacket looks too big on me but at least it’s in an “I’m wearing my boyfriend’s overcoat” kind of way, which (while not flattering), is somewhat more acceptable.
Is this garment wearable with tweaking or not?
As the jacket is lined, any alterations would be major, not really tweaking. It’s definitely a style fail, and I don’t love it, but I don’t completely hate it either & fills an immediate need in my closet, until I can make a suitable replacement.
Its saving graces: The fabric is a tropical wool suiting and the lining is Bemberg; this makes for a lightweight combo which is both insulating and water resistant – a perfect fit for our chilly wet West Coast weather. That and unlike RTW coats, this actually fits my bust & arm length, due to my custom adjustments.
Thumbs up or thumbs down on buying this? Worth the effort?
Thumbs up if you can suit the style. Named makes really well-drafted patterns (I recently made the Vanamo cocktail dress with great success) and it’s a shame I can’t give this one a good review, myself, but others have made it work for them – I think it is a thumbs up as long as you aren’t too big in the chest.
Do you want suggestions on how to “make it work” or is it beyond that?
No suggestions needed – I’ve accepted it’s beyond help unless I want to make major alterations to either myself or the jacket LOL (and no, I don’t LOL). All in all, I knew this style was a gamble going in & I probably won’t make it again but it is (temporarily) wearable for all that, and more importantly, I am that much better armed for my next coat project, which will definitely be in a style that’s more decidedly my own 🙂
Many thanks to Amanda for being brave and sharing with us!
And many thanks to all of you for such an overwhelming response to the last post. Your true confessions and candid stories were a delight to read and they allowed others to come forward and chime in with similar strong feeling on so-called freebies.