Completed: Cordova Jacket

cord front
I instantly loved this pattern when Tasia from Sewaholic released it last year. I held off purchasing it because I have not had much luck in the past with making jackets that fit. One of my sewing resolutions this year was to complete a jacket so I bit the bullet with the Cordova.

cord 1

cord back

After reading a couple reviews on Pattern Review, the general consensus was that the pattern runs big and to size down. I trusted their opinions and cut a 10 instead of my usual Sewaholic 12. Then I panicked while tissue fitting. I felt like my arms would end up straitjacketed if I went with a true 10 so I decided to use a 1/4″ seam in the shoulders and top of the sleeves.

I am kicking myself for the fabric I used. I was reading everyone’s reviews but the pattern creator’s. Tasia had made a sample out of an almost identical linen fabric and noted that it wasn’t the most flattering color. Unfortunately, I kind of agree. Since I am pretty pale a good chunk of the year, a darker color would have served me better. I also am not sure if the shoulder poofiness is something I can pull off. I’m good with the peplum style, though.

cord lining 2
cord lining

Overall, I’m pleased to report that the jacket came together pretty easily and looks how it is supposed to look (always a bonus). I probably could have gotten by with the 5/8″ seam and the fit could be better through the shoulders. I’m not going to focus on the negatives with this project. I made a jacket…a lined jacket…and I’m fairly proud of my efforts.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Macy
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:56:18

    Love it! Wish I had one!


  2. dressesandme
    May 28, 2013 @ 21:40:01

    This is amazing!! I’m currently trying to muster the courage to make a jacket ( the Minoru) but am feeling inspired by your outerwear success! Well done!


    • Susan
      May 29, 2013 @ 07:12:35

      Thanks!! I bought the Minoru and Cordova patterns at the same time and felt like this one might be the easier of the two to start with. I will keep an eye on your blog to follow your Minoru progress. :)


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