Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Stopping Point

The jacket is mostly done. I need to hem the bottom and sleeves, attach the patch pockets on the front, and add buttons. I also never did make it to Joann's this weekend for shoulder pads so I still need to pick up some of those too. For now, I just slipped in my "try on" shoulder pads. They aren't washable or covered, which is why I need to buy others.

I added an inch to the length of the jacket before I cut it out. The longer length you see below is not turned up, so that extra inch plus the original 1-1/4" hem allowance is still there. In the bottom pics, I've folded up about 3 inches, which would be about 1" shorter than the original pattern. I think the ideal length is going to be somewhere in between these two. Or, in other words, the original length of the pattern. (I'm also not wearing a good bra, so the girls are not hoisted up to where I originally fit the pattern and darts.)

I think I'm going to go with the neutral buttons below. I don't have anything else in my button box that I like better and I don't think fancier buttons need to compete with the print.


  1. It looks good on you Debbie and perfect with that green outfit you made.

  2. It looks great and I agree about the neutral buttons.

  3. Your jacket looks great. If I were hemming it for me I would hem no more than 1 and 1/2 but you can send it to me whatever the length if you decide you don't like it and want to make it disappear. The buttons look perfect. mssewcrazy

  4. Your jacket looks wonderful on you. I have the same pattern. I brought it last year along with fabric and haven't touched it since. When constructing the collar, did you followed the pattern's instruction? Did you have to alter your sleeves? If so, would you please show how it was done (if you can). Thanks.

  5. Beatiful fabric! I like the neutral buttons. I think the jacket looks great.

  6. The jacket looks great. I have a question about sewing jackets though. When you do a jacket with a notched lapel (which I presume this one is), do you follow the "traditional" method of attaching upper collar & lower collar separately to jacket & lapel, or do you have some cool tricks up your sleeve? It seems like there should be an easier way to do this, and your blog is where I check for this information first - though I have also searched online using all the wordings I can come up with and haven't found anything yet.
    Thanks for any help you can give, and I love your blog!

  7. re: how do you handle notched lapel, my name is Joyce, I just don't have a blogging ID to use so hit the anonymous button:)

  8. Your jacket does look great! The print is very nice.
    I agree that neutral buttons will look wonderful!
    I've browsed thru your site and you have been one busy lady :)
    All your outfits look absolutely wonderful. Well done :)


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