Back when we polled the CSC** about what you wanted to see on the site, several members suggested a new series: Same Pattern, Different Bodies. As part of this series, multiple sewists with different body shapes sew versions of the same pattern and share their alterations and how the final garment looks on their bodies. We loved this idea and thought that the side-by-side comparisons could be eye-opening. Today’s post is the first in that series! And, lucky for you, we also have a giveaway! Check out the end of the post for details.
Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Decades of Style Three’s a Charm Jacket as beautifully sewn and modeled by several of our CSC members. The Three’s a Charm jacket is an unlined jacket with a topstitched facing, 3/4 sleeves, a single button closure, angled front darts, and side bust darts.
- Graded up to a 48″ bust
- Widened the sleeves
- Added a lining
- Graded up to a 49″ bust
- Full bicep adjustment
- Enlarged the armscyes
- Bound seams
For any future Three’s a Charm jackets she makes (because the third one will be the charm, right?), Tanya plans to make a small swayback adjustment.
Elaine also made two Three’s a Charm jackets, a mustard version with sashiko stitching (her muslin) and one in rusty red lightweight denim. She describes her fitting changes from the mustard muslin to the red denim version as follows:
- Added 1″ to the torso length
- Lowered vertical bust darts by 1″
- Sewed the waist 3/8″ larger at the side seam
- Removed 1/4″ from the hips at the side seam
- Small FBA
- Forward shoulder adjustment
For her next version, she might tweak the shoulder and armscye a bit more to perfect the fit.
- Shoulder dart (rotated from bust dart to keep it from being too large)
- 1.5″ FBA
- 1.5″ large bicep adjustment
Next time she makes the Three’s a Charm jacket, she will add more width to the sleeves, do a narrow shoulder adjustment, and lengthen the back to accommodate the length caused by adjusting the large dart to make it less pointy.
For my Three’s a Charm jacket, I used Thai dupioni silk. I sewed the pattern as-is from the envelope with no fitting changes.
Next time I make the jacket, though, I’ll either lengthen the sleeves to full-length or shorten them a bit because they were too long to be true 3/4 sleeves on me. I might also narrow the forearms.
GIVEAWAY: Decades of Style has generously offered to give away a copy of the Three’s a Charm jacket pattern to one lucky CSC reader! To enter the random drawing, please leave a comment below by Monday, May 30 and tell us what fabric you would use to make a Three’s a Charm jacket!
UPDATE: Congratulations to giveaway winner Sherrell!!
**Slowly but surely we’re covering the suggestions and requests from the poll. We have plans for posts for many of these, but we want to hear from you, too! Do you have great ideas for posts in one of the topic areas identified in the poll? Send them our way!! Do you have ideas for patterns you’d like to see get the Same Pattern, Different Bodies treatment? Do tell! Contact us, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.