Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tis done. Sort of.
It's an okay jacket. Not as nice a fit as I'd like. You can see that it sticks out a bit at the front waist on either side of the jacket. I don't think the jacket was intended to separate in the front at that angle, but that's the way I wanted it to go. And I guess it's my fault that it sticks out because the pattern said to do this and that and I didn't follow instructions. But really, who wants that type of jacket to just hang straight down? Really.
Anyway, about that non-button. I pinned the jacket closed with a little mosaic classical guitar brooch I found at a local antique store. A very cool brooch that puts very un-cool holes in my clothes.
I have a problem putting buttons on jackets. It's not that buttons are all that tough or whatever, it's that I'm just not sure if I'm ready to commit to the button I bought... and the placement of the button... and whether I should go with one button or two... I just don't finish jackets, I guess. See below for another case in point.
One thing I'm not a fan of in this jacket is that it gets pulled to the front pretty easily when I'm holding a baby. Not just any baby. My baby. But anyway, when I carry the baby around (when am I not carrying him around?) the jacket gets shifted forward on my shoulders and it makes the neckline too low and distorts the shape of the whole stupid thing. So maybe this isn't a baby-proof jacket. I can wash and dry it (I'll only dry it on accident) but it requires a bit of rearranging quite often so the shoulders don't slide forward. That problem will hopefully go away once the baby is not a permanent fixture in my arms.
There it is. I'm wishing I had had the foresight to add some lining. Since the front pooches out on both sides it would have been fun to see a flash of red or pink or argyle or anything interesting. Maybe in the future I'll learn to wait to put the facing on until after I complete the major adjustments to the pattern. But I doubt it.
P.S. I ordered my first Burda magazine this morning! A three month subscription to start off with. I've been following The Selfish Seamstress lately and this morning I read her take on the new previews. I couldn't contain myself any longer. No, it wasn't the clown that got me to order. It was the dress at the bottom of her post. Along with the kids' clothes on Burda's site. I hope to be in pattern heaven soon. Schnell!! Schnell,German Postman! Bring me my Burda!
posted by charith