Yesterday I mentioned that I was debating whether to splash out £14.00 on postage from Australia for the Style Arc Julia jacket pattern.
I love the style and the pattern itself works out at about £12.00, but the postage cost was putting me off big time.
I hadn't been able to find a suitable alternative anywhere, but after posting and reading a couple of comments I decided to up my search.
I managed to find 2 possibles, and have actually now chosen the one I'm going to use.
The patterns I found are shown below, either side of Julia.
On the right, McCalls 6655 and on the left Simplicity Threads 1919. The McCalls pattern comes with 3 other jacket variations and the Simplicity has another jacket, a skirt and a pair of trousers as well.
Both patterns have their advantages and disadvantages, so I've done a little comparison.
Here are the notes if you're struggling.
Style Arc Julia jacket
- 3/4 length 2 piece sleeves.
- Curved collar.
- Curved peplum.
- No fastenings.
- Full length 2 piece sleeves. Could easily be shortened.
- Angular collar. "Point" could be changed to curve.
- Straight hem with no peplum. Could possibly be changed.
- Button fastening. Could be omitted.
- Option for full length sleeves, but one piece. Don't look as nice.
- Curved collar but 2 pieces. Possibly could sew pieces together for continuous effect.
- Curved peplum hem.
- Single hook and eye fastening. Could be omitted.
In addition to my notes above, I looked for reviews. I could only find one review of the McCalls jacket, and that was hardly detailed enough to be a review, and was also of one of the other styles. I found several reviews of the Simplicity pattern, all saying how small it came up and is also unlined.
On balance I've decided I'm going to go with McCalls 6655. There's more about it that I like than I dislike and I think with a few alterations I can make a close enough approximation of the Julia jacket that I'll be happy. And the pattern will cost about 1/3 of the price of the Julia jacket. Of course, I'll probably end up spending a fortune on fabric for muslins, and it will cost far more by the time I've finished!
What do you think? Have I made the right choice? I've not ordered the pattern yet, so tell me now if you can think of something better!