Here's the entire ensemble. It's a whole lot of pink, right? Justin told me I reminded him of a pink Peep. I know I need some contrasting jewelry or something. I went shopping yesterday after taking these pictures but didn't come up with anything.
This fabric is frustrating. It was fine to work with and ironed beautifully, but stretches out even with a lining and wrinkles easier then I'd like. Here's the back after a fresh pressing and starching of the hemline.
I love the neckline of this jacket. The silver closures not so much.
Pretty seaming at the sides with pockets:
I just happen to have this matching sweater in my closet so can wear this jacket with some casual slacks. Those silly closures pull the fabric too much to wear closed. After the above pictures were taken I realized this and will be wearing the jacket open.
Here are the closure hooks. These will stay here until (or if) I find something better. I don't wear silver. I don't hate it or anything but almost all my jewelry is gold and I don't like to mix. On the rare occasion that I decide to wear it, I make sure everything matches. You can call me Miss Type A if you want. I don't like being forced to use silver like I had to here. But, it was either this or black. The other problem is they don't hold the jacket closed without pulling the fabric oddly. I'm thinking of just removing them and having no closures at all. What do you think?
Here's the full lining. (Excuse my sleeping husband on the side there.) Since the brocade stretched out a bit the lining was too small around the bottom. Only I didn't notice that until I had it all slip-stitched in place. I clipped all those stitches out, enlarged the bottom lining seams a bit, and re-sewed it to the brocade. Whew!
Conclusion: I'm a bit miffed about this jacket. The sleeve lining ended up longer then the brocade sleeves somehow (???) and slightly bigger around. Then some of stitches at the top and bottom of the lining vent have come undone. I fixed the problem from the outside but some pink thread is visible and that bugs me. Since I had to let the lining out a little at the bottom, the old press lines are showing and that bugs me too. After spending a week's sewing time on this I expect perfection! I should go back and fix the sleeve lining issues but I'm just over this jacket for now. I know nobody else will ever notice these small imperfections. My plan is to let it rest in my closet for awhile until I forget what I'm annoyed about.
Happy Resurrection Day to you all!!!