I am so over this stupid jacket

dscf7586Maybe it was more than I could handle. Maybe it was doomed from the beginning. But, I am so over my first vaguely tailored jacket.

To summarize: I resewed the placket about six times to get it vaguely pointy, I resewed the pockets to change the proportion after they ended up being folded into the hem, I then had to hand sew them on because the lining was already in, I had to cut fabric out of the hem and re-shape it to get them to match.  And now that it’s done:

dscf7594I put the buttonholes on the wrong side of the centerfront line

dscf7582The freaking collar is lopsided and too tall

dscf7587The pocket position doesn’t match and the pointy placket is all kinds of wonky

I thought the fit was great until I saw a photo of the back. Which is so sloppy, I’m not even gonna post the photo.

Again I say: I am so over this jacket. I just wish it wasn’t from my Egypt fabric :(

ETA: I am still over this jacket. But, I’ve slept on it and read all your helpful comments. Thank you! Into the magic closet it goes until I feel like surgery. I can take of the collar to reshape, while that’s off replace the front placket and sort out the hem. Fixing the hem length will let me put the pockets into the correct position. I’m not sure where things went awry, but I suspect it’s from drafting my own lining and not getting the measurements right. Hopefully, this will make another appeareance in the fall.

Also, because you asked, here’s the back. Which, I can live with. The problem here is my hips are bigger than when I made this last and didn’t accommodate.


Pattern Review: BWOF 5-2007-104

It took longer to take pictures of this jacket than to make it. I was up about 7:00 this morning to finish up the BWOF Jacket. Yip. Pee. It’s officially done and I quite like it. Because it’s so simple it can be casual and it can be dressy.

I also have to highly recommend this edition of BWOF. This is the second thing I made from it and there are several more I would like to make.

Pattern Description:
Fashionistas will adore this short jacket on which the seersucker fabric is worked lengthwise, crosswise and diagonally. Leg of mutton sleeves and wide front bands add extravagant details.

Full fledged review on PatternReview.com

Alright kids, I am off for some summer fun. Well, a picnic and a later BBQ. Still fun.

Spinster Who Sews

Can I complain for a moment before I show you the good and the bad of the sewing today?

When I walked into a party tonight, I was introduced by the host to an older woman. The woman said, “How come a nice young woman like you is here by herself?” I smile politely not really having a reply and she says, “You must be doing something to keep the men away.” Umm, right. That must be it. I excuse myself for some sangria.

I am later introduced to the newish boyfriend of a friend. He says, “You’re not what I was expecting.” I ask him what he was expecting and he says,

“I heard you were 30, single and made your own clothes and just figured you must be a hag.”

I think there’s a compliment in there somewhere.


On to the sewing.

After seeing all these cool welt pockets on the blogs the last two days, I thought I would whip out an eBay find from last year. The Dritz Bound Buttonholer.

Here’s what I got the first time out:

It’s not as good as Tany‘s. But, I’m a girl who loves her gadgets! Plus, this was my first attempt ever (I didn’t use any interfacing either). Makes me kinda want the double welt pocket maker that Clothilde has (pockets up to six inches in length).

The item has been discountinued but there is one on eBay now. I also think you could use the pocket maker mentioned above to make bound buttonholes.


The jacket is coming along. The pockets are so stinking cool with the little tab and all. Hmmm, should have changed the grain direction of the tab. That would be perfect.

The triangle facing, not so cool. I don’t know what happened here. And I honestly don’t know if I feel like fixing it.

I could just make it straight across the bottom. I could also redraft the bottom to correct the off center point. Or I could just leave it alone and tell myself no one (but you all) will notice.

I love sleeves that are supposed to have tucks and gathers. Can all my tops have this please?

Living Dangerously

I came home last night from a very long day at work and a fairly long after- work-emergency-office happy hour. Wanting to get a jump start on the weekend sewing, I decided to cut out the BWOF 5-2007-104 jacket. Why the jacket over the pants? Nancywin offered to send me instructions on how to add a fly to my Anthropologie knock off pants and I wanted to think through a pocket addition before the muslin.

With BWOF I like to add the seam allowance after tracing the pattern by marking my fabric. Last night I forgot to add 1.5 inches to the hem of the jacket front (on the right). doh.

The last time I did this I shortened the vest I was working on overall and I rather hated it because it was too short. In theory, this is a short jacket anyway. I have just enough fabric to retrace the front. So, ummm, I might. But, I might not. Yes, yes, had I done a muslin I may have avoided this. But, I didn’t. I feel some hem tape coming into this project.

I’m also going to conquer my two piece sleeve phobia. I tried a two piece BWOF sleeve five years ago and haven’t bothered again since it was such an unmitigated disaster.

Finally, there are four pieces to the pocket. The main fabric, the lining, the band and the trim. So lots of new things to try this weekend. We’ll see how much I actually get done.