Thursday, December 15, 2011
As in sequins before noon overdressing. Ahem.
Me, I'll be ridiculously under dressed tomorrow, at least in their eyes. Because I haven't gotten my winter dress finished, and I don't want to rush and try to finish it tonight, I'll be wearing my recently completed (but not yet worn) plaid jacket.
It's green. It's red. It has shiny red and brass buttons. It has a freaking olive green silk charmeuse lining.
I say I'm dressed up. I don't care what they call it.
version last summer (because I ran out of fabric before I cut sleeves). This time, I had just enough. Literally, I couldn't have made a vest for Lily the sewing room cat out of my scraps, and she only weighs 7 pounds.
Here's the revised patternreview:
Pattern Description: Princess seamed peplum jacket with collar, pockets, short and long sleeve variations.
Pattern Sizing: Some variation between 12 and 14. I tend toward the 14 these days, but it's princess seamed front and back, and doesn't have to button across the bulkiest part of me, so I went a little more fitted.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy. I looked them over the first time and this time I just went for it. I did check back regarding the collar, because collar and lapel are two separate pieces, not meant to be sewn together.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved it when I first saw it, and while I really like my gray pinstripe summer version, I hadn't planned to make another. But the last time I wore the pinstripe, I caught a look at myself in the mirror and decided that the peplum look was really flattering and gave me a bit more waist definition than I usually can achieve from a jacket. Good enough reason for a re-sew in my books.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the sleeves. With the gray pinstripe version, I only had enough fabric for the tiny sleeves, and I hated them. This time I had enough for real sleeves, but the sleeve as drafted was still too puffed for my taste, so I fiddled with it and took out most of the ease (not all; I was working with wool, so I knew that I could get away with some).
I was actually going to treat myself and take the bus up to NY and have my buttonholes done at Jonathan's. They do the best buttonholes. And I'd started this jacket before we went to Paris, so this has been hanging around literally for almost 2 months. I don't let projects linger this long. But I decided against NY - because I know myself. I wouldn't have held it to buttonholes, and then there would have been more fabric in my house. I sat down at my machine, took my beautiful jacket in my hands, and made 4 perfectly good buttonholes all on my own. (Okay, so they're not Jonathan, but I'm fine with them. Really.)
Conclusion: One of my favorite garments for the year, and I haven't even worn it out of the house yet. I'm a sucker for a good jacket, though, and every time I make it one step further along in my journey toward the perfect jacket, it just makes me want to keep going.