So after my lack of sewing motivation last weekend, I tried to jump back on the wagon this week. Sadly the first result of this effort was nearly finishing a lovely new brocade dress, only to have the zipper break while trying it on and having to cut myself out of the dress. So after that #epicfail, I made a cute navy blue hat as a palate cleanser and then got to work on my suiting projects. I knew that the plaid suit I had sketched out (seen above) could be made by modifying my short sleeved jacket pattern from last summer. I was really happy with how my navy cotton jacket fit, so I used that pattern as a starting point to draft a new more wintry suit jacket pattern.
|The summer jacket pattern I started with (why so wrinkled? *sigh*)|
I started by modifying the pattern with a few fixes, mainly enlarging the armhole by lowering it at the side seam for some more mobility. I also added a smidgen of extra ease to account for the thicker fabric I'll be using and because this jacket will have a full lining. I changed the armhole princess seam just a bit for a smoother line and modified the jacket front for the lower collarless neckline. I still have to draft facings, the lining pieces, and an entirely new sleeve. Still, the pattern is coming together so far!
Of course I need to make a mock up to make sure this whole plan is going to work. Instead of just using muslin, I knew I wanted something that would better mimic the thicker wool I will be using for the finished jacket. I had some left over thick flannel from a few past skirt projects and so I decided to use both that and a layer of muslin together to better assess the fit of the current jacket pattern. So far I have only sewn together one side front to check the moved around princess seam, and it seems to have worked out just fine. Hopefully I can finish this mock up and get a new working sleeve drafted by next weekend and be ready to start the real jacket! I also have the matching pencil skirt to make, but that's going to be easy compared to matching the plaids on the jacket!
Why do I have to love plaid so much? It certainly slows me down having to do pattern matching! How are you all doing on your sewing projects so far this year?