Here we are at the end of a painful journey, all finished save the sewing on of the self-fabric buttons (which are still in transit from America):
|Sorry to show this with pins, but it's the best I can do at the moment... Remember, my frame is narrower than the dress form's, so it fits me somewhat differently.|
|I have to say, I am particularly proud of the sleeves and their rotation. And I owe everyone a debt for them. Thank you so much.|
|I do think the back is very pretty - those sleeve darts are sweet and I love the flare of the peplum.|
|I don't suppose I've ever seen a more gorgeous lining. How bizarre is it that this captures the colourway of the jacket??|
I'm not going to lie. This project has been woefully lacking in enjoyment, which is really not my scene. I have no intention of ever making the jacket again, regardless of whether I enjoy and wear it, having come through the other side of a miserable process.
However, I have learned a TREMENDOUS amount thanks to all of you, and to my wonderful fitting friend, S. (Don't worry, I'm going to help her next! And we're taking Sarah Veblen's Patternreview.com course on fitting darts on a bodice.) I can't tell you what a game-changer finding a fitting friend has been.
In the end, the lining does make the jacket fit more tightly in the armscye than I would like. There's absolutely something suboptimal happening, but it's still quite wearable - it may actually stretch over time and become less constricting in the underarms. Whatever. I've learned, I have a lovely looking almost-finished product, and I intend to bring my new awareness to a Claire Schaeffer suit jacket on the next go around.
Next up is the pencil skirt to go with this jacket. It's not a suit yet, peeps. I can only hope that you get a happy post or two describing that process, for all our sakes.
So, whatcha think? (Note: The only response I can handle right now is in the realm of, "I love it!!". :-) Really, I would like to know your thoughts. Please just be gentle if you have some constructive criticism...)