I made this last year but never got round to blogging it, Simplicity 1070, the jacket.
I loved this pattern the moment I saw it, but was intimidated by the call for leather on it. I finally decided to make it up when I found the quilted-look faux leather at Joann's. I got the knit, a neoprene scuba--not the swimwear kind--from Gorgeous Fabrics. Now it being a knit and a woven, as designed by the pattern, I anticipated it being difficult to manipulate the two fabrics. The scuba knit was so stable, though, it handled like a dream with the leather. I used a leather micro needle and a Teflon foot and had no problems.
I cut a size 18 and narrowed the shoulder about ½ inch. That was the only adjustment and it fits to a T! Usually, I have to lengthen the sleeves, but these were perfect as is. It fastens with a pair of D-rings sewn into the left princess seam and a tab on the right flap. It looks great open or closed. There are pockets of a truly useful size in the front princess seams as well.
The back has princess seams as well for added shaping. The knit makes this such an incredibly comfortable jacket. And the leather makes it just so darn stylish! Every time I wear it, I get compliments. It's one of the best looking and the best fitting item I've made.
The pattern itself was very easy to follow. The directions made sense throughout and the illustrations were helpful. The pattern pieces fit together perfectly! Every seam and notch was where it was supposed to be, how it supposed be.
I can't say how much I love this jacket. Only that I wore it non-stop until it got to cool to wear it for outerwear. Now it's just occasionally as a regular jacket. I can't recommend this pattern highly enough.
Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!