I must like what they do. :)
This time it's Marcy's V8088, now OOP, and I'm SO glad I have it! I made up my version of the jacket using a freebie fabric from one of my local sewing groups. LOVE the fabric print, and even though it's almost certainly a poly/nylon sort of blend, it's thin and fairly breathable, and besides I LOVE the fabric print! (did I say that already?)
I meant this fabric as a practice piece, and sewed it muslin style (i.e., sloppy basting stitches, unfinished edges), but ended up liking it so much that I took it apart, made my alterations and sewed it up 'for real'. The results have given me an outfit that is getting a whole lot of wear lately!
The rusts, deep sagey blue-greens, beiges and burgundys coordinate with a lot of other pieces in my wardrobe, and anything that dresses up jeans just a little is a winner in my book!
1. Shortened it by about 2". Be careful here! What I thought about shortening the back was wrong - it's deceptive. There are triangular side pieces that can easily throw you off - I shortened the back and ended up needing to eliminate the 1" hem on the back piece in order to have it meet the sides. Definitely do a muslin if you want to change the length!
2. I cut in the armscye (which is also an oddly cut piece) by over an inch for my narrow shoulders. I did not change the sleeve cap at all - cutting in the armscye and leaving the sleeve cap as is sometimes works out fine for me, since I really dislike sleeve puckers.
3. The sleeves have a facing that is turned back to form the cuff. After I sewed the facing on, I sort of liked the look of turning back the cuff, but leaving the facing free to hang down. So I sewed a hem on the end of the facing, essentially re-designing the "cuff".
4. I didn't use any contrasting fabrics or embellishments; and I used a decorative stitch to finish the hems and edges (the pattern just calls for a zig-zag)
This jacket has garnered a lot of compliments, no matter what I pair it with - a definite winner!
I immediately set to work on making a version in what was to be my Final Fashion Fabric - it's another winner, but I don't have pics yet. That post will be coming up soon....
Isn't it fun when a muslin/practice piece/toile ends up being a wardrobe winner? Have you had unexpected successes like that? Feel free to link your success stories in your comments...I'll add them to the post, if you would like :)