The American Sewing Guild (ASG) announced an Anyone Can Win Contest in early June.
Every ASG member who entered a garment had a chance to win, regardless of their sewing expertise or experience, because the winners were chosen at random. The only requirement was that the entries had to be made with one of ASG's Simplicity patterns. I had Simplicity 1621 in my stash, purchased for the jacket which has a interesting collar that can be adjusted by pulling a drawstring.
This contest was all the incentive I needed to sew the jacket. In addition to the jacket, the pattern includes a sleeveless tunic/dress with a fitted top, with flaring below the bust on all seams; side, center front and back. It also has a Hi (in front) Lo ( in back) hem. I decided to sew the dress too, so I would have two garments to submit to the contest and have a complete outfit to wear.
The jacket is made out of very lightweight open weave linen with a dégradé from rusty orange to dusty purple.
I should call this my” rusty, dusty” outfit. The fabric was horribly ravely and shifty. I used French seams, but instead of sewing the first 1/4 inch seam using a straight stitch, I used a 1/4 " wide serger stitch to stop the fraying and sew the seam in one operations . While I wouldn’t use this technique on finer fabric, because of the weight the serger threads adds in the seam, it did not adversely impact the side and sleeve seams of this jacket. I added 2 inches to the length of the jacket, because I thought it looked a bit too short on the real women in the review pictures on PR, and I needed the extra length in the jacket to get the full range of colors in the fabric.
|Simplicity 1621 Jacket|
|Simplicity 1621 dress|
|overcast seams and cover stitch hem|
|Simplicity 1621 dress and jacket|