I saw some near-instant buzz among my fellow sewists around the Seamwork Lilliana jacket when it was released as one of the magazine’s October patterns, and I agreed. The cropped, boxy silhouette is well balanced by the gentle curve of the hem and the open front, and the bias binding method means it’s a quick sew.

Since the introduction of their new fitting blocks earlier this year, Seamwork patterns come in two size ranges, 0-16 (C cup) and 18-26 (DD cup). My measurements are 43” high bust, 47” full bust, 37” waist, and 53” hips. I’m slightly above average height at 5’7” and I consider my body type to be a full-hipped hourglass.

I made a size 18, with no fitting adjustments to the body. I omitted the back seam by removing 5/8” and cutting on the fold, in order to avoid pattern matching. I did do a full bicep adjustment of about 2” (which wasn’t... [read more]