I finished the Quincy jacket and I like it. As sewn, it is casual, easy to wear, and sporty. However, it is NOT what I thought it would be. Here, let me show you what I saw when I looked at the fashion drawing:
I see a trim jacket with some ease for movement, a horizontal seam under her arm which is almost an empire seam, and some vertical seaming which are close to princess seams. The collar looks oversized on her left side but not the right, and the sleeves look as though they are straight sleeves.
Now look at the line drawing...carefully. The horizontal seam is quite near the bottom of the sleeve, the vertical seams look to be close to the shoulders, the neckline appears cicular rather than oval, and the sleeves are quite wide. Also, the proportions of the top of the jacket to the bottom is about 1:1 in the line drawing, but not in the illustration.
I got snookered and it's not the first time. It's okay; I actually expect to be surprised sometimes, and if I venture into Sewing Workshop land, I am just pleased that the garment is not too voluminous.
I brought my jacket to my sewing group today, and shared my thoughts. We all agreed I could go down one size, and with extensive alterations, make this to be more fitted. But, as an experiment, many tried on the jacket. While it fit most everyone somewhat, the vertical seams were always outside the bust area and the overall silhouette was almost a swing coat. You can see that in the line drawing.
We agree that there is a certain set of designers who work this tpye of pattern well, and it sells because the sleeves and armscyse are manipulated or even absent, thus ensuring a broader range of fit. This realization helps me see why I like SW patterns for their design, and find them so darn hard to fit my small shoulders and bust.