I finished the jacket this morning. I’m very happy with it! The back fits nicely. The dropped shoulders are smooth. There’s a dart in the front shoulder area that works very well – I didn’t close it with a seam; instead, I butted the two sides together and use a decorative stitch to hold the dart closed – you can’t see it – however it flattens the front shoulder area and shapes toward the bust in a lovely way. I added 6″ to the length of the front and back pattern pieces – that was a good decision. I knew the sleeves would end up short (the pattern says “bracelet” length – I could always add a cuff to lengthen the sleeve but I’m leaving it as it is, for now.
I didn’t think I’d like the neck, but I’ve been wearing the jacket all afternoon and it’s comfortable buttoned. As an outdoor jacket it calls for a silk scarf. I’ll try that the next time I put it on.
There are a couple of interesting seams – the back was constructed from two pieces with a centre back seam. The shoulder seam drops quite a bit toward the front. The sleeves are made from two pieces – the seam aligns with the dropped shoulder seam. Were I to make this jacket again, I’d attach the front sleeve to the front arm opening, the back sleeve to the back arm opening and sew the shoulder and sleeve seam as a single seam. I made those details stand out by pressing the seam allowance open, and stitching 1/4″ away from the seam itself on each side.That makes the seams lay flat, takes the bulk from them.
The facings all work well, too. I bound the neck seam with a Hong Kong finish using the same batik I used for the facings. I created a front facing, sleeve facings, and a bottom edge facing – all 1 1/2″ finished width.
I started with five buttons/buttonholes but when I put the jacket on I thought it could use one more so I added the sixth. The front falls straighter with it added.
The patch pockets are unobtrusive but handy for carrying keys (or anything else that’s relatively small). They are also finished with a batik facing at the top.
For a “muslin,” this garment definitely turned out very well. Oh, and this is close to the real colour of the boiled wool.
Looks great. I would find those sleeves too short as fall here is always windy and cool/cold but overall it has a lovely look and that colour is phenomenal.
It was a “muslin”, right? So I wasn’t sure just what the sleeve length would be because I couldn’t tell how “drop” the shoulder was. So I decided to make the sleeves the length of the pattern (bracelet length). But I’ve been thinking I could easily lengthen them with cuffs – add about 5″ of fabric to the sleeve end, then fold it up and I’m guessing the cuff would cover the current sleeve end, and even if it didn’t, the seam would just be another detail! For now, though my arms are covered with my turtleneck shirt, and the jacket is large enough to accommodate a light wool pullover over that so my arms would be OK. So I’m leaving the sleeves as they are, I think. But now I know if I want a longer sleeve I should just add 2-3″ to the sleeve length. That’s the thing about making something for the first time – you just don’t know.
It does look good on you:)