I never really entertained the idea of the bias strip trim shown on the pattern, however. My idea was to instead quilt the front and sleeve bands. I tried , using cotton flannel between the fabric layers but that proved too stiff. Instead , I sewed multiple rows of top stitching and decided, for whatever reason, to use matching thread which doesn't show up at all.
As you can see, I opted for patch pockets after sewing the inseam pockets and not liking the result.
I was trying to copy these pockets which I had pinned to my pockets board on Pinterest.
When that didn't work ( I really missed the mark there, didn't I ! ) and I had no fabric left, I turned them upside down because I liked them better that way and they seem to mimic the sleeve bands.
This garment is very different for me. I like it a lot but every time I catch a glimpse of myself in it , I think choir or graduation gown and hubby thought artist smock !
Now about the pattern. It has a princess seam and when I tried it on the seam was way below my bust. As a matter of fact , everything was too low including the waist and pockets. I ended up raising the whole thing by another 3/4" at the the shoulders and then cutting the extra small sleeves.I had cut a size Medium and that was way too big. ( I'm 5'4 1/2'' tall and weigh 135 lbs if that helps anybody on what size to make for this one. ).A lot of draping was necessary to get this thing to look right.
The side seams were curved at the waist and that didn't seem to jive with the design of the jacket so I straightened that out.
This was a very time consuming project because of the extra fitting issues, the weird sleeves which each took one hour to construct and also because I added Hong Kong finishing to most of the seams
before I put the jacket together. That's why you see such wide seams in there. I didn't trim away excess after taking everything in to a smaller size.
How weird is this part!!!
I've worn my jacket to good reviews and I regard it as a fun and casual piece. It will take the place of cardigans this spring and summer. I can see it with white jeans , or with a simple tank dress too. I'm glad I got this one out of my system and can now go on to simpler things. However, I've run out of hangers and will have to give some things away first !!
I do hope you had time to sew this weekend and that you all have a good week filled with lovely spring weather.
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