Pattern Testing - The Aberdeen Jacket by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co
Oh the Aberdeen! Where do I begin? I love this jacket. And I love Rebecca for taking a chance on me and letting me test this jacket. This jacket kicked my "confident beginner" butt.
The Aberdeen was my first ever test, and wow, what a test it was! I learned so much from sewing this jacket; it has it all. Welt pockets! Shawl collar! Asymmetric closure! Buttons! Zips! Lining! Facings! So many of these things I had never even known the names for, and many times I worried whether I was doing things "right."
My first attempt was the unlined, cropped length, 3/4 sleeve, button-style version. I thought the unlined version would be
|This is my fit muslin. Corduroy and twill. Totally stash-busting.|
Look at that -- I sewed the flap on the wrong way!!
Uh...I meant to do that. Right.
|This is with some lovely cotton from the shop Check & Stripe, located in Jiyugaoka (Tokyo). Fancy. |
And see? I learned my lesson. The flap is now on correctly.
Oh and did I neglect to mention that I didn't add the actual welts to my very first "welt pockets"? In fact, I'm such a genius that I made the same mistake twice. LOL. Luckily, the pocket flap literally covered my mistake. Sorry about that, Rebecca! But hey -- look! Liberty of London on the inside of my pockets! (Do you like my attempt to distract you with the pretty fabric? Did it work?)
The sleeves were my next big challenge. I had only sewn a few sleeves (on children's clothing!) at this point, and had no clue what it meant to ease them in. This was me: Ease? What?! Why can't I get them to fit? What is all this extra fabric?! Hey look - I have puffed sleeves! I think I like it that way. Gah!!
|My friend Amy saw this and said, |
"Ummm....where are the buttons? Did you wear that out without sewing on the buttons?"
Yes, I did. Because I'm a rebel like that. Ha ha!
My next version was in a black poly blend suiting fabric. Stretchy and comfortable. Still wasn't able to do the sleeves properly and was too intimidated to consider doing a lining.
|Do you know I love Anne of Green Gables?|
I don't think my puffed sleeves would have been puffy enough, though. Thankfully.
I wanted to move on and try another one. Cotton + Steel, from Miss Matatabi's shop here! I love me some shiny fabric. Can I blame my 4-year-old? Even though my husband was against using this fabric for a jacket, I knew it had to be made. It's so 80s. And I am a child of the 80s. I decided to christen my jacket "Ziggy":
|I'm only going to subject you to the back, because I think that will give you a good enough idea. Plus I love the back of the Aberdeen Jacket. I like how the hem curves.|
It's so flash and disco, isn't it? I've grown fond of it, though I have no idea where I'd wear it. I think I need a disco ball. Anyway, if you can believe it, even after making this jacket, I still had some fabric left over so I used it for something special for my daughter. You'll see.
For the second round of testing, Rebecca made a few changes, and I made a quick muslin just to check the fit. It was much better! Particularly because I'm not especially well-endowed. Ahem.
|My first-ever attempt at a lining!! Stash-busting again. Thanks, MIL!|
|Very quick muslin. No pockets, no buttons/zips, no topstitching.|
The end result is a terrific pattern, as you can see from Rebecca's tester round-up, and I am really lucky that I got to be a tester for her. I could sing her praises and tell you how hard she worked on this, but I think the pattern speaks for itself. You can also see a lovely version by Camelia here, a super cool one by Andreia here and an elegant yet fun one by Maria here. Notice they all have linings, and all of their linings are gorgeous!!!
I have heard that Rebecca is considering doing a sew-a-long, so I'd keep an eye out on Rebecca's blog or Willow & Co site for any news!
*Pattern received in compensation for the test, but opinions are all my own.