with your host Jacqui Blakemore
At the time of writing autumn has arrived in the UK and winter is around the corner. Finding the perfect clothes to wear in this transitional weather can be a challenge so if you struggle like me to adjust to the changing temperature then layers could be your answer.
I am also feeling the effects of the menopause and have found that I am no longer the same temperature from hour to hour, so having the ability to add and remove layers has been a real benefit for me.
So when I first made the Duster Jacket from the Simplicity 8557 sewing pattern that came free with Sew Magazine I was delighted by just how easy it was.
The pattern is great value for money especially if you are just starting out as it has 5 garments designed to work brilliantly together for a very relaxed collection.
The image on the front of the pattern is a little uninspiring but don't let that put you off.
You can make these garments with a range of knit or stretch fabrics making each one look unique.
In the first of my pattern review podcast episodes I talk through my experience of making this duster jacket not once but three times (yes the clues are there that I quite like it!)
In this episode you will hear:
the features of this duster jacket
the size range of the pattern
alternatives if you don't fall within the size range
the size I chose
the recommended fabrics
the difference between 2 and 4 way stretch fabrics
how to measure percentage stretch
why stretch type and percentage matter
the fabrics I used for my makes
my tips and experiences from making it
the adjustments I made
and why I think it's a great pattern to try
Links and resources mentioned
Pattern: Simplicity 8557
Pattern: Cashmerette Fuller Cardigan
Episode 50: Melanie Keane - Learning to sew in your fifties
Pattern adjustments video: Rounded back adjustment
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