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I've been reading so many negative comments about this jacket but I must disagree. The jacket DOES look shapeless and clumsy on your model, and as a UK size 20 sewer hardly any summer wear is flattering.
But I buy Threads for inspiration, not patterns, and I found this jacket a perfect 'springboard' into fabric manipulation, draping and sewing without instructions, all of which have been featured in the magazine.
I used inexpensive seersucker fabric and then
1) Lengthened the pattern, mitred all corners and used flat fell seams throughout the body. (Those articles were perfectly placed for this project)
2) Made double layered sleeves - longer for turn back cuff option. I moved the sleeve seam to the shoulder and hand stitched it closed.
3) Shaped the back waist with inverted pleats to back and secured with a top stitched band with buttons
4) Zig Zag folded top of front opening into an asymmetrical lapel secured with button ( which looks great on the striped fabric)
5) Added matching folds to and buttons to patch pockets.
The finished item took much longer than I expected, but I enjoyed every minute of its construction. It is unusual, flattering and smart/casual enough for summer day-wear. I know it is going to be a permanent part of my summer wardrobe.
I combined many sewing techniques and ideas into my jacket and will probably make another one soon for the challenge of using a totally different set of skills, and 'left over' ideas from this one.
Thanks for a perfect idea for creative fabric play.
I am also working on the 2 tunic dresses, one in asymmetrical over sized rainbow print, with centre front seam added to display fabric better, and other from a square panel print silk jersey.