A month or so ago I bought these bright blue shorts at Gap and didn't have much in my closet that they matched. This is when having a huge stash of fabrics and patterns comes in handy. I made a muslin to get the fit ironed out and it was pretty simple after that. I have found I really need some sort of embellishment or design element at my neckline to make the girls look more proportionate to my body. Also, it has to be really fitted through the bust or I look like a boy.
Initially I planned to wear this belted but, because of the suit-like boucle fabric, it was too hold-all-my-calls-I'll-be-in-a-meeting looking for my taste. I do haul around two boys and a baby after all. I feel most comfortable by not looking overly formal in my casual wear.
Lined jackets usually turn out well for me. You would think I should have a closet full of them. This fabric is from JoAnn's and is from the same line of fabrics that this top came from and that I now cannot remember the name of. I think it was Venice something or another. Anyone remember the name of this line? Does anyone other then me ever pay attention to that?
If I remember correctly (currently I have misplaced my pattern for verification), I made a 12 at the shoulders, a 10 through the upper torso, cut the side fronts a 6 through the bust, and tapered out to a 12 at the hips. A hook and eye was added by the top button to keep the front overlapping edge flat against the other side.
Here you can see it does indeed button up and fit me. I just prefer the more casual one button look.
I added a full lining of Ambiance. After making a few Burda jackets, I always liked how they never had the front interfaced facing seamed over the bustline. If you look hard enough you can see where the front facing was split in two, with the middle part cut from lining fabric.
This has been completed for two weeks but I didn't like the original buttons I chose for it. I usually really like picking out buttons and will do it at a button sale for a whole bunch of garments that I've planned out. Sometimes it is a year or two until I get around to them but I like to have it all on hand when the mood to make something new arises. Rarely do I change my mind about the notions I've picked out for something but this time I'm not sure what I was thinking.
|Jacket with original buttons that were white with black backings|
This was a nice project without any major problems or fit issues and now I have something really cute to match my shorts. I still want to make the other version with the ruffled collar at some point. It will probably be a sleeveless vest just to change things up.