I absolutely love this pattern!
I've always known the style wasn't for me but I made it once before in a winter knit.
Well,I've worn this to death, but in the house only for warmth. It was just too roomy.
I know this style looks wonderful on tall thin women but since I'm 5'4 1/2" tall and not quite slim,it just didn't look right. I eventually altered it by raising the underarm by about 2" and also taking the same off the sides and the sleeves. It then became quite cute,IMO.
I was just stash cruising one night and I came upon a remnant piece of coat weight orange linen, the same linen I used for this trench coat).Well it hit me like a ton of bricks! A new and improved version of V8605!
Here it is and I LOVE it! (Although I wore it to a meeting today and didn't get any comments,positive or negative!)
I not only changed the depth of the armhole, took 2" off the sides and under sleeve but I changed the collar to a wing collar;
I took away about 1.5" of the center front as there was way too much fabric there;
I eliminated the back seam to save on fabric
Added a sleeve band to make the sleeve a bit longer
I faced the hem to add a bit to the length of the jacket.
And I made my own version of "bound" buttonholes. To see how I made these, look here on my other blog.
A few close-ups of design details;
(behind the buttons and buttonholes)
Because this jacket is unlined, I used a pretty batik from my stash to make a Hong Kong finish on all the seams. This was great fun and is really easy to do. It takes a little time but is well worth it.
There's an article in the current issue of Threads about Hong Kong finishes. If you don't get Threads, I have a tutorial on Diana's Sewing Lessons.
I also broke down and sewed in shoulder pads. This style really doesn't look well on sloping shoulders ( which I have).
I wore it with my Marci Tilton skirt which, my husband pointed out and I tend to agree, doesn't do much for it.Now I have to make something to wear with this ,my new favorite jacket.
What do you think?
See more pics here!
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