The jacket is done. It's just OK. It's not better than RTW, but I guess it's about equal. I'm sure time in the Magic Wardrobe will help too.
I made a second muslin and decided the jacket needed a horizontal tuck, as shown below. This really screwed up the bust curve in the front side panel and I pretty much just winged it. I ended up winging it too much and it's a little tight in the bust or armhole or something. It's not horrible, but not as good as I could have done.
The fabric is also a contributing factor to my non-love for this jacket. I love the color and how it feels, but it's polyester and so the seams are pucker-city and the hems are very obvious. It will be fine when I'm wearing it and in motion, but I think it looks terrible and boxy on Zillie compared to on me. At least I hope so. But I'm not camera-ready so it's Zillie you get.
I was going to use the pleated lower back piece, but once I had it cut out and was working the pleats, it was very clear that it would be an ugly puffy thing in this polyester. So I used the non-pleated piece instead. Much better.
I'm not giving up on the pattern, though, because I do really like the style. I just need to improve the fit. And once the actual sewing starts on it, it goes together really fast. It's not lined and with this view there is no collar to attach/finish. I think I will be on the lookout for some tropical weight wool to try it again.
Moving on … I've already muslined this skirt pattern and have it cut out from the same fabric as the jacket. I expect I'll finish it in the next hour or so. Alterations were very minimal. I added width and then removed most of it. I added length. That's it.
If I finish the skirt and still have energy, I may do a few mirror shots and post them later. I'm not wearing either piece tomorrow, but I'm sure they will make an appearance later in the week since I don't have a lot of office-wear choices right now. I think I'll be sewing every night after I get home. I hope I'm not too exhausted, because I NEED clothes.
It's hard to believe I'll be in the work grind tomorrow. I haven't actually gone to work in someone else's office on a daily basis in over 22 years. Yikes. I hope I don't forget my lunch. lol