So….remember my post with those fancy hot pink suit plans???
Well, yeah…this jacket, as it turns out, isn’t quite as simple as it looks. As much as I hate to say it, anyone could tell you I’m not a pattern basher, this ones leaves quite a few questions marks floating overhead. Thankfully, I made a muslin (DON’T ASK ABOUT IT) so I knew what the general fit would look like going into things with the pink sateen.
Firstly, there are minimal markings on the pattern itself. I’m almost certain my sleeves are in backwards, something I can do WITH the pattern markings in place, so without them I was bound to fuck it up. See how they twist across my biceps??
I lengthened the sleeves quite a bit. I really like the whole look Ms. V.B. has going on and wanted to mimic it as closely as possible. I’m happy with the length, I cuffed the bangled side up, here. But maybe they should taper in more?? And, you know, face the correct direction?? I must say, the sleeve cap is drafted to perfection. There is, literally, no easing in. It fit exactly into the armhole. Both sleeves. A small miracle.
But, it seems much shorter on me than the model.
I never thought I had a particularly long torso, but I’m reconsidering that, as I ultimately add length to most things that I sew. It’s also entirely possible that I messed up on the hem. The instructions are a riddle wrapped in a conundrum. Thank goodness for sewing bloggers. Tidy Tipsy noted the missing step in her post. She saved this thing and its muslin (DON’T ASK ABOUT IT) from being flung out the window. I assure you, that is not hyperbole.
Ok. So, once I got my head around the hem on the pink version (DON’T ASK ABOUT THE MUSLIN) I tried it on, and I kind of love it. Well, after I (hand) stitched the hems and facings down. Beforehand, it looked terribly misshaped. But, I find that while it looks and feels better, I’m really unhappy with how unfinished the inside looks.
From a distance, it’s not so bad.
But, I’ll be wearing this, not viewing it from across the room. Maybe I should use a different stitch? Or make them much closer together? Or both?
Idk, at this point, I’m ready to pull the whole thing apart and start again. I’m OK with that thought, though. I really want this to look like the vision I have in my mind. With the exception of the side seams, which I top stitched, this should be easy to undo.
What do you all think??
Try to line it?
Use different fabric?
It doesn’t look so bad, forge ahead (after you put the sleeves in properly)?
You’ve got bigger probs than you think, there’s something else afoot with those sleeves?