Monday, May 2, 2011

S2256 | That Sure Is a Yellow Jacket!

They'll see me coming AND going!
I saw this cute little jacket at Simplicity Fashion Show at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup this last March. This cornea-searing yellow fabric has been in my stash for awhile, originally destined to be an outerwear jacket. Unfortunately for me, the fabric was too thin for outerwear, but not too thin for a cute, springy jacket!

Pattern Description: Misses' unlined jacket in two lengths with neckline and sleeve variations.

Pattern Sizing: 4-22. Mine was a 12 in the bodice, adjusted to a 14 in the hips and waist. Even with flat pattern measuring AND trying on the pattern, this jacket ran LARGE. Like, so large I can't wear it open. :(

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were incredibly easy to navigate.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the peplum in the back a lot. The front is a little boring without any sort of flounce or collar. I dig it, but not everyone will.

Fabric Used:  Cotton/lycra blend from The pearl buttons on the front and back are vintage, gifted to me by a good friend.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I really wanted this jacket to be lined. Yellow is a lot like white, in that it's practically see-through if you don't line it. I lined it in lime green bemberg rayon. It shows through a little, so I don't think I'd do that again. I also (wrongly) attempted to bag the lining, but the peplum made the jacket hang wonky in the back. I frogged that, hemmed the lining separately from the  and fashion fabric, and got really well acquainted with swing tacks, which are fun to make! 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would make this again, certainly, although I'd make it a size smaller in the bust.
More versatile than you'd think!
Conclusion: The weather here in the Pacific Northwest can be a little unpredictable, so I'm sure I'll wear this jacket a lot! I'm really digging the bright yellow and chocolate brown combination, and having fun with some colourblocking. (Aqua, anyone? How 'bout PINK?)


  1. Oh wow, I love it. That colour is amazing, and perfect for spring!I think I like it best in the first picture, styled with that strong black holding it's own against that sharp yellow, but I like the other outfits too and can see lots of amazing styling opportunities for that jacket. A winner! And as usual, your name for your creation; perfect!

  2. Love it! I am a sucker for yellow. You will be a cheery little dot in a sea of grey when you wear it in the city. :-)

  3. Totally loving your jacket. It looks great with everything. The color yellow is so bright and cheery.