Greetings Fellow Sewists! I’m Annette from The Sewful Life and I finally made a pattern I’ve owned for years – CNT Patterns’ A Little Somethin’ Jacket. I really think you’re going to love it! It’s quick and easy to make, comfortable, fits well and I get loads of compliments when I wear it. And . . . we do love compliments – right?
I’m kind of a rebellious sewist. I think just following a pattern is boring, so I usually mix up views, cut up pattern pieces or use fabric and embellishments in ways the designer didn’t include. It’s not that I don’t like the original design, it’s just that I love to play and I want the end result to match my own personal vision.
I made my A Little Somethin’ Jacket for a class I was teaching, chose two pieces of Shannon Fabrics Embrace Double Gauze and played with some color blocking. And, just to be truthful, I was provided the fabrics by Shannon, but I paid for the pattern and all of my opinions are my own.
This is the fabric that was originally made for baby swaddles, but since I’m an avid clothing sewist, I thought it looked like great fashion fabric. It’s lightweight, 100% Cotton and about 52” wide, so It works well for curvy sizes. I’d stay away from the duckies and bunnies, but the solids, graphic prints and florals are quite lovely. Other brands of double gauze would be lovely, too.
Do you still call it color blocking when you use a print and a solid? Close enough, I think! After making a sketch in my design notebook, I decided to use Herringbone Royal for the back and upper front and Solid Cobalt for sleeves and the lower front. To create my color blocked look, I drew a line on the front body pattern piece 10” up from the bottom edge. Next, I traced a new bottom piece, adding a ¼” seam allowance to the top edge. On the original front body piece, I folded the bottom up ¼” from the line I drew, so there was a seam allowance on that edge, too.
My pre-sketching was super important to my jacket’s success. It gave me a chance to see what my color/print blocking would look like in the finished jacket and the opportunity to “move” the pieces around on paper without cutting into my fabric first. I really love the page layout and usability of Cashmerette’s Curvy Sketchbook and keep it close to my cutting table. Sometimes I’m really daring with my makes but, most of the time, I do try to avoid potential disasters!
So, let’s talk about the pattern. I chose the size 20 (designed for a 44” bust, 36” waist and 48” hip) and found that I did not need to make any adjustments since it’s a straight, loose fit. My height is 5’7” and I’m a pretty classic apple body type with a 46” bust, 42”waist, 45” tummy and 47” hips. There are just three pattern pieces, so it’s wonderfully quick to put together.
The pattern instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The only semi-tricky part is where the front band/collar joins to the back neck (circled in the picture). It’s not hard and if you’ve done this type of join before, you’ll have no trouble at all. If you haven’t done this before, don’t worry – the instructions are great. It’s a good skill to add to your sewing “toolbox”, too!
My sleeves were cut at the 3/4 length offered on the pattern and I chose the shorter jacket body length (22-1/2”). I love it that there are options in the pattern – you can make a full-length sleeve or a longer (25-1/2”) body length, too. Since the design lines are simple and straightforward, it would be easy to make the jacket coat or duster length or adjust the sleeves to a short length.
Both the sleeves and body hems were topstitched with matching navy thread. I used this same color for the bottom hem of the jacket and the topstitching along the front and neck. This is how my clothes are constructed whenever possible. Most of the designs I sew are easy-fit with simple lines and I love the speed of serging using a 3mm length, four thread overlock stitch for stability.
A serged finish on the hem edges meant that I didn’t have to turn under the edge, so it prevented bulk. This gave the hems a nice smooth line with no ridge under the topstitching. It would be easy to turn up a cuff on this sleeve, too, if you like that look.
Here are my CSC Pattern Review ratings for A Little Somethin’ Jacket:
Size Range – 4*
Instructions – 5
Construction Process – 5
Final Fit – 5
Overall Rating – 4.5
*I do think this style would work for everyone, but the size range just goes up to 24 (48” bust, 50” hip), which may be limiting for some curvy lasses. However, since the lines are pretty straight, sizing up would probably be pretty easy.
Would I make the A Little Somethin’ Jacket again? YES!!! Did I say that loud enough? It’s now starring on my TNT list – here’s why…
- It was quick, the instructions were great and the styling is versatile.
- The fabric requirements are reasonable (2 – 3 yards) and work well for the lengths I keep in my stash of pretties. And, I do love to sew from my stash.
- The jacket looks and feels fabulous, dahling… and I get LOADS of compliments when I wear it. And, I kind of… well, okay – TOTALLY, love compliments!
- The simple lines of this design would beautifully show off lots of amazing fabrics. I’m thinking solid linen, floral rayon, drapey wool for Fall, a border print and, even though it’s designed for woven fabrics, a not-so-stretchy knit, too.