I’m a sucker for new and flashy patterns. I have the longest list of items I want to sew but the moment something new comes along I ignore that list and buy the new pattern! In this case, it wasn’t just a new pattern but a new indie pattern company – Sew and Tell Patterns. She came onto the scene with 6 patterns, fabric and a gorgeous website. I was hooked, I bought 2 patterns right away and here is one of them: Madcap Jacket. I also bought the Inspades Dress. 
This jacket caught my eye because of the details. It reminds me of a Ringmaster in a circus. I adore fitted clothing that has a costume-look. That being said, this isn’t wildly out there but it’s just a enough to set it apart. It’s modern and contemporary. The back has ruffles over the bum, there are striped details above that and the front has a scarf look that flatters your figure. The pattern is listed for intermediate sewists and you’ll need a medium to heavy ponte, french terry or jersey. It’s a PDF and you just line the pages up against each other (no overlapping) and tape them together. Super simple but also kind of weird when you’re used to overlapping.
At the time of making this my measurements were 36-30-39. Their pattern sizing is actually based on the finished garment size. I honestly just read that part, saw the 36 bust and went with the XSmall. I failed to read the rest of the recommendation “… allow 2” – 2.5” of ease in the bust”. If I would have read that, I would have made the size Small – 39”. That being said, I will 100% be making a Small next time! Yes, there will be a next time because this pattern is very flattering, comfortable and easy to make. The XSmall isn’t uncomfortable or anything but it’s just a tad too tight across the shoulders.
The only adjustment I made was adding 1” to the sleeve length. This is a common alteration for me. Next time I’m thinking about adding pockets into the side seam but this could always kill the sleek look and be a bit too bulky.
Onto the Fabric, who doesn’t love polka-dots?! If you’ve followed anything I make, you know I’m all about black and white. I try so hard to break from this but my default is black and white. This is a medium weight ponte and very easy to work with. I pre-washed and didn’t notice any shrinkage. The colors didn’t run – which is great for me because I didn’t wash it separate! It’s very stable and has the perfect amount of stretch. If you’re a new sewist and want to try knits – I recommend ponte for your first few rounds. The other great thing about ponte is that it’s flattering to your body if it’s a tight fit. The added weight seems to help smooth things out a little. I keep debating on ordering more of this fabric for a dress. Must resist having everything polka-dots!