Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simplicity A1738 and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!




Gosh, I feel like I’ve been neglecting my poor little blog…I have so much to say every day and I never seem to be able to get the words here! In all of the eight + years that I've blogged, I suppose that will happen from time to time, right?

Did you have a nice weekend? We were up to our ears in painting, picnic-ing and celebrating JR’s birthday with a long road trip on Monday. The nicest surprise of all was that I got to spend almost a whole day sewing on Saturday, which meant I got some fun projects done.

Several months ago, I met a really nice lady in line at the fabric store and she asked me a question about a basic sewing project. As I recall, she wanted to make a maxi skirt and really didn’t have much experience. So, we stood in line and talked, and draped and came up with some yardage numbers. Well, Dacia has kept in touch via email ( and reading my blog) ever since. She keeps me posted on her search for a new sewing machine, and the projects she is trying. Earlier this month, I saw her at the fabric store again. And then, I got the invitation to the “Sewn-up” group on Facebook. What a great bunch of ladies! It’s a very active exchange of information, compliments, questions and answers, which I love. Anyway, to make a long story even longer, someone posted a picture of Simplicity A1738, which started a search for the patterns at Walmart Stores across the county. It's no longer available at the Simplicity It's So Easy Pattern site.

That was just one of my projects on Saturday. I have searched for exactly this type of jacket For. Ever. No buttons, a soft knit, push up the sleeves, wear it everywhere jacket.



I made NO modifications to this pattern. My fabric choice is the ever faithful ponte knit. Cut a size 16, and it took me about 3 hours start to finish. It’s a fabulously easy pattern. All of the seams were flat felled and trimmed close. It has a cute detail in the back:



It’s got a great little bit of drape and is a comfortable as anything. I wore it to a picnic on Sunday and got a request for the same jacket from my oldest daughter. I will add it to the project list, Meghan!



As I was trying it on while sewing, I realized pre-sleeves that this would make a really cute vest, too.
So, I also made a vest. Which I will share with you soon.

Really, really nice pattern.

 I have a brand new, uncut pattern for you! I will randomly select from your comments on Friday.
I hope you have the very best week ever. Show someone how much you love them.

53 comments:

  1. Wowwee I'm the first commenter. Hope I win. I love your jacket and since I'm moving schools in the fall and will be back to more business wear...this would be AWESOME. Sort of a cross between a cardigan and a jacket. Thanks for doing this and I love your blog.

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  2. Cute, cute, cute! I would love to win the pattern. I made up a jacket with similar lines using Vogue 8885. I have been thinking about trying it in a knit. I think I would wear it every day!

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  3. I agree that this seems like the perfect jacket- exactly something I need in my wardrobe. I haven't made any jackets/cardigans yet, and i think this would be a great pattern to start with. if I'm not the lucky winner i'm going to try to track this one down.

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  4. Well I dont sew so count me out...but I LOVE your jacket

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  5. I am just starting to sew for myself and I think this jacket would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I'd love to win! :)

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  6. Love this! Did you make it in ponte?

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    1. Yes, Kris. It's a ponte knit from Joann's. I've updated the post to include this information. Thanks for reminding me!

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  7. Very nice, love the back detail! Looks so easy to wear.

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  8. Please don't enter me - This was THE very first sewing pattern I bought EVER! And I have yet to sew it. I've sewn about 30 things and not this one. And I keep seeing cute renditions of it. And I am going to buy this ponte so I can make it. So there! :)

    Happy sewing to the winner!

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  9. Pick me, pick me! I hesitated when I saw this pattern and then went back to get it and it was gone....I was heartbroken. I guess it taught me to second guess myself. It looks wonderful in the ponte. I was thinking about several for work, the air conditioning is always too cool for me.
    Love your blog and a faithful reader but not always a commenter1
    Thanks for the chance.

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  10. Ohh.... so cute. I am on a mission to update my wardrobe, which is SO painfully boring and sparse that I doubt you would believe me. That jacket looks cute, wouldn't take forever, and something good in climates that are often warm.

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  11. Great jacket on you and lovely color too! Don't add me to the drawing, though, those waterfall drapey bits make me look flat as a table, but on you it is perfection.

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  12. Cute jacket. Love the color as well.

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  13. What a GORGEOUS jacket Lynne B. Just the right color and fabric too. Please enter me in your contest - I'd love to have one too!!!

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  14. This is cute cute CUTE! You can leave me out of the giveaway as I'm buried in UFO's at the moment, but I just had to say how much I love this on you! Did I mention that it's CUTE?

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  15. There is nothing better than a garment which looks fab and only took 3 hours to make. Perfect color on you too! I'd love a chance in your giveaway.

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  16. That jacket looks so cute on you, Lynne. Like you said the perfect little jacket, can't wait to see your vest.

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  17. This jacket is perfect, color and all!

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  18. Oh I forgot to add,please do not add me in the giveaway as I already own this pattern..

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  19. Wow! What a lovely jacket. I bet it will go with absolutely everything. What a nice way to encourage someone to love sewing! g

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  20. I would love love love to win this pattern. It looks so beautiful on you

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  21. For anyone having a hard time finding this pattern, I think it's the same as one of the views in Simplicity 2150. I already have this pattern, so please don't enter me in the drawing.

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  22. I've just recently started making garments out of ponte and really love the feel of the fabric and how easy it is to sew. Too bad this pattern is OOP.

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  23. You are so photogenic! That jacket looks great on you. I am also admiring your white ironstone collection:)

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  24. Love the jacket and the color on you. Nice nob!

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  25. I would love to win the pattern. I sew very little for myself and tons for the grandkids! This would be a quick sew to make something for myself. Thank you and BTW love that blue color on you, looks great!

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  26. I would love to win the pattern. I sew very little for myself and tons for the grandkids! This would be a quick sew to make something for myself. Thank you and BTW love that blue color on you, looks great!

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  27. What a cute jacket! How in the world did I let that pattern slip past me? What a perfect little jacket.

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  28. I hadn't noticed that pattern before but I can see that it is a really versatile pattern. Love it in the blue. I could see a whole wardrobe in these

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  29. Love it. I have never seen the pattern but am always looking for a jacket. Work is always cold!

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  30. I love this jacket--the back tab, the drape in the front, the way you pushed up the sleeves. It looks wonderful on you and looks like a jacket that would help me continue to upgrade my wardrobe. I've been on the lookout for a jacket that works with dresses or jeans and this one looks like it would fit the bill. Thanks for the giveaway and I would be honored if you chose my name. ;)

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  31. What a great jacket! The color of the fabric is wonderful for you! The details add so much...your pushed-up sleeves and little belt across the back. I will look forward to seeing your vest from the same pattern!

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  32. What's not to love about this cute little jacket?! Can't wait to see the vest! I think I need this pattern in my collection...

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  33. I love the colour and the style of this jacket on you! It is just the type of jacket pattern I have been looking for. Just realised it is now OOP :-(

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  34. Hi Lynneb, That's a great style on you. And you're a good sewing mentor too.
    Count me out of the giveaway. I just wanted to pass on my comments.
    Cheers.

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  35. I would LOVE to win that pattern - it's gorgeous on you!! I've been looking for a simple, no button jacket pattern too and this looks perfect! Thanks, as always Lynne, for the inspiration!

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  36. I love this jacket. I am always on the hunt for cute jackets and cardigans....love this pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Great jacket that looks terrific on you. I could use a few more knit layering pieces, so please pick me!

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  38. Great jacket. I love comfy clothes and especially ponte knits. Hope I win!! ~Sewjourner

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  39. What a great jacket. Would love to win the pattern ;-)

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  40. I have looked for this pattern forever with no success. I'd love to stop the search by winning!

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  41. I have looked for this pattern forever with no success. I'd love to stop the search by winning!

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  42. Oh my gosh what a GREAT looking pattern! Slightly tailored in the back, but loose and casual in the front - awesome! I was just going to comment about how much I liked it, but even better, it's your GIVEAWAY! Definitely enter me, please, and thank you! :)

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  43. Oh I love this Jacket, you've done a really good job :)

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  44. Awesome jacket and have the pattern. Love the fit on you and the color totally pretty.

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  45. Your jacket is lovely. Especially that amazing blue color!!

    I haven't been to a Walmart in YEARS but I read you post this morning, saw the jacket, imagined it in a ponte and a soft leather and promptly got my butt over to the nearest Walmart with patterns...LOL. I bought 3 other patterns while I was there and made my escape. It was a bit of mad house as most Walmarts are. Don't think I will be back until someone else features another of these pattern

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  46. Love the jacket. Great color on you!

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  47. Your jacket is really, really gorgeous!! That style is fantastic on you! Hey, I think I've got the same ponte fabric, same colour, sitting on my table, although it's destined for a sheath dress (I think, I pretty sure!).
    I'd love a chance in the giveaway! Thanks!

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  48. Gorgeous jacket...I'm in the process of upgrading my boring black,brown and grey wardrobe. Would love to have this as one of my collections. Any idea where I can purchase one as everywhere I checked out don't seem to have it. I live in the UK.

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  50. I would love to win this for my sewing friend Claudia! She is all about sewing and being properly covered! She would love this!

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