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Monday, March 17, 2008

BWOF 2008-02 jacket 115

I still haven't fixed the camera so am using an old one - the battery conks out after about 10 minutes so please excuse the hastily taken and very blurry photos of my progress on this project so far.

One good thing about BWOF patterns is that I think their sizing is pretty consistent so I am confident when picking which size to make.  This is good for me since I hate making muslins and only do it when absolutely necessary.  I know this is bad and wrong, but that's the way it is. However if I had done a muslin I would have realised that this jacket as drafted is not right for my figure.

Here's the back, I matched the fabric just at the upper back since the seam is not straight.  The pleat at the bottom is just basted in place at the moment.  I love the back view and I love the fabric.
Here's the top of the front with the collar just roughly pinned on to get the overall look.  Again I like this view too, definitely need some raglan shoulder pads though.  
And here is the full front.  Oh dear!  It looks like a shapeless rectangle on the dress form and it looks much the same on me.  For someone who is lean as a bean this would probably be great with a pair of skinny pants, but on me I just look like - well a big shapeless rectangle frankly.  I chose to lengthen the jacket and that was a mistake, the proportions are now all wrong.
But I am determined to try and fix it.  I'm going to unpick the zipper and make the whole jacket much shorter and more fitted.  Not quite sure how that's going to work out yet and I may just make a quick easy knit t shirt or something next and ponder on it for a while.  I could if I am honest have predicted this outcome from the line drawing of the jacket, but I liked the detailing so much that I ignored the little voices in my head warning me this would be too boxy.  That should teach me to do a muslin in future..... 

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

I hope you can work it out! It will be beautiful!

Erica B. said...

I love the fabric. I can't wait to see it complete.

Lori said...

Gorgeous fabric, I hope you can work it out. Good luck

Lindsay T said...

Persevere! It looks like it will be stunning.

Paula said...

Allison, your fabric is amazing. Stick with it, I'm sure you'll end up with a fantastic jacket!

Tany said...

I hope you can make it work for you! It looks great so far!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

As a girl who abhors muslins as much as you do :) I say take a deep breathe and think through how you want to make this work. Then draw up a plan and work your way through it. I truly believe this jacket is salvageable and that you can do it!

You.can.do.it!!!!

Vicki said...

The line drawings don't look too boxy to me....hmmmm. Maybe just shortening and taking in the sides a bit around the waist. If still too boxy some darts at the waist (bust to hip) should work. It is too beautiful to ditch!