A Cookie For Your Thoughts

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing

It’s been a month since I returned from my trip out west, and therefore it’s been a month since I fiiiinally finished a very special project.

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

I mentioned it briefly last month, and even sneak peeked the fabrics on Instagram, but my first mention of this project occurred before it was even a project, back in August of last year (!!!): “Saturday Musings: Boycott Thoughts“. I’d found a cool indie pattern line called Waffle Patterns, that didn’t go up to larger sizes. Fast forward to February, when I emailed the designer on a whim, asking about larger sizes. She said she was already on it, and looking for testers for the Cookie Blouson. Was I interested?

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

WAS I EVER!!!!!

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

Having never been a pattern tester before, I thought it would be like regular sewing. It was not. It took longer than regular sewing because I was thorough in adhering to the pattern, instructions, and materials as given, to give the designer the best feedback. I was soooo close to finishing Cookie before I left town but got stumped by the front zipper and was unable to work it out before leaving town.

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

Anyway, I worked it out and the result is a tested pattern and a lovely jacket to send to my best friend! :) And yes, I’m totally squeezing into her jacket for this photo shoot — my size in this jacket is 4-6 bigger than hers, but I used a knit instead of a woven like the pattern calls for. This was an incidental substitution born from the fact my best friend wanted a red and black jacket, and the only red and black fabric I had to spare was an ITY. The lining is scuba, and both cuts came from Fabricmart. The ribbing is from a different online source, and the separating zipper is locally sourced.

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

As for Waffle Patterns — best instructions I have ever come across. Had I not chosen to make a lining (Cookie is faced, not lined), I would not have had to think about or figure out, anything. The diagrams were perfect and and the text was brief and clear. The pattern pages lined up smoothly, better than any other PDF pattern I’ve worked with, and the pattern pieces matched up exactly. Sewing up Cookie was a joy!

cookie blouson waffle patterns pattern testing plus size sewing coat jacket

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13 Comments

  1. Your finishing of the inside is so tidy, I am a sucker for the fine details. I like how you opted to line it.

    You did great, looks just as perfect as an RTW :-)

  2. About a year and half ago, I found her free hat pattern. And I couldn’t figure out how to grade it up (we are a big headed family)…I emailed Yuki and she had a graded pattern available on her site within a day or so. I was seriously impressed and vowed to try some of her paid patterns. I hadn’t yet tried any and your jacket is definitely motivation.

    It looks FANTASTIC on you!!!

    1. Wow, that is awesome!! She was a gem to pattern test for, too. :) You should definitely give her paid patterns a whirl, it’s worth it! (And the dollar is nearly equal to the Euro, hah.)

  3. Ahhh, I love this jacket!! I SO want to sew up this pattern. I love that your version is knit and fully lined – great to throw on over anything! Have you sent it off to your friend yet? I’m curious to hear how she likes it! :)

    1. I’m sending it to her this weekend, fingers crossed that she likes it. :) You should sew this one, it’s a great little topper and it has zipper pockets!! I’ve got a lightweight one planned for me, plus a heavier weight one for fall, both lined knit versions.

  4. This jacket is gorgeous and what a beautiful fabric you have chosen. I don’t know how it feels wearing it but it seems to fit you well even if it is not your size, already considering to make one for yourself?

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely tighter than the design calls for and a bit snug in general, but nothing terrible. I’m planning lightweight, lined knit version for summer and a midweight, lined knit version for fall.

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