Friday, December 16, 2016

Sew Chaotically! - Italian Linen Jacket - B5143

B actually picked out this beautiful Italian linen when we were in Vancouver from Atex fabrics

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at the time...but finally decided I wanted to make a loose, swingy jacket with it.  See the inspiration and discontinued pattern I found below:

Even though I normally make a 10 or 12 in the Big 4 patterns, this older pattern brings the weird marketing scheme that is sizing to light.  Based on measurements, I cut a size 14!  And while I did have to take a good bit off the side seams....I needed the size for my shoulders.  I also added a couple inches to the length of the shortest jacket pattern (the one in green above) because though I wanted to keep it just below the waist.....a long waisted girl's gotta do what she's gotta do!!!

It turned out rather more 'fancy' than I had anticipated.  And those embroidered dots made Bernie have 95 conniptions which made ME have 995!!!  I had liked the look of all the buttons down the front of the "inspiration jacket" but with the dots I knew it would be too distracting...not to mention unbelievably DIFFICULT.  I chose button placement VERY carefully to avoid any bumpage!!!
I played with sleeve length a good bit...and finally settled on this one with a large turned up and top stitched cuff.

Despite the tension woes (mechanical and emotional!) it gave me and Bernie to sew....I think it turned into a unique and pretty piece.  I like the swing and back pleat!  Thanks for finding it, B...and for putting up with my chaotic shouting with the stitching!!! Sew chaotically!!! - c