I need some practice arranging the scarf drapy bit
Like the last Donna Karan inspired cozy, I had to cut this out on the floor, the fronts need to be cut as a single layer and the scarf drape piece is very long.
I used a very chunky boucle from my stash - when I say chunky I mean that if just one thread came unravelled then I would lose half my seam allowance so I serged all the edges as soon as I removed the pattern pieces. Otherwise I found sewing with boucle very satisfying, stitches just disappear in it!
The only change I made to this pattern was to add a lining. It's an unusual pattern in that there are no facings and no interfacing - there isn't supposed to be a lining either but I thought it would be much nicer to wear with a lining and I rummaged through the stash and found this luscious raspberry silk.
Actually it's kind of a cross between lining and interlining. When the main jacket body pieces were sewn together everywhere except the shoulder seams I attached a lining at the edges. the shoulders were then stitched as normal and the boucle seam allowances stitched down. The sleeve linings were attached by hand. In complete contrast to my last couple of lazy projects, I also hand sewed all the hems for a completely invisible finish.
Look, real pockets!
I like the unusual style of this jacket - it's fitted but still drapy. Vogue rates this pattern as easy to sew, and while I agree the sewing is straightforward the pattern is slightly unusual and it is important to transfer all the pattern markings. The instructions are good though and easy to follow. It is pretty close fitting, especially in the sleeves, I certainly wouldn't be able to wear a thick sweater underneath it, fine for me and my climate but something to watch out for.