Let's see. When did I start working on this? November? That's six months. Of course, I didn't work on it solidly for six months. There was the time I got sick of it and stopped working, and the time I got distracted by other projects and life, and the time when the project came to a screeching halt because I couldn't find buttons. But it is done now! Can I get a Woot Woot?
Project overview: Items I Don't Like.
The jacket is too large overall. I made a muslin and after making a broad lower back adjustment that caused an upper back adjustment that would have resulted in a full bust adjustment, I just said, "To heck with the muslin, I'll just make it one size bigger." Now everything is too big including the sleeves.
The sleeves hang funny. I'm sure it is something that I did as I was battling setting in the sleeves. They don't hang straight causing deep wrinkles. Part of the reason is that they are too big, but that is not the main problem. I spend my time now in church looking at set-in sleeves in the jackets of the people I'm sitting behind. They probably think I am kind of creepy. Anyone who can tell me what I did wrong and how I can fix it, I would appreciate it. So would my fellow parishioners
Project Overview--Items I Like or Love.
Colette Patterns gives great instructions. The booklet that the pattern came in was over thirty pages. They also offered an e-booklet that gave detailed tailoring info. As this was my first jacket with underlining and fusible weft interfacing and bound button holes and welt pockets, well, it was darn helpful. There was an eight day schedule to follow as well. Heh, heh, heh, Eight days. Pretty funny. Those jokers over at Colette.
I loved that I learned bound button holes, welt pockets, interfacing techniques, sleeve caps, basting techniques, and some hand sewing for the finishes.
I love that the lining is purple. I love my covered buttons. After a diligent search for the proper buttons, I finally decided just to buy a kit and cover my own. Do you know how hard it is to find a 1-inch button? The stores have 7/8 and 1 1/8, but very few 1-inch buttons.
I love that it is done. Despite it being too large, I still am going to wear it next fall over bulkier fall clothing!
Even though this took me forever to complete, I am not afraid to try an even harder more structured jacket. I just know that I will need to break up my time with smaller, easier projects.
My darling daughter took these photos for me. In the spirit of full disclosure, she had a blast doing a little photo editing, using the mascara tool, and taking out blemishes. Then she played with finishes and light. We had a fabulous time playing with the photos. Did you know there is a tool to "zombify" a photo? You can do nearly anything to a photo these days. We just couldn't figure out how to button that bottom button!
I do recommend this pattern even if I probably won't make it again. The instructions are clear, and I learned so much.
Here are other blog posts about my jacket.