Well! It's been a totally busy week. I had my first classes with Claire Kennedy in OKC in learning tailoring to make a winter coat. I'll have a blog about it soon.
I've completed the sleeveless jacket and almost finished with the pullover top to wear under it. Here's a few pictures of my progress.
I had to add embroidery. I just thought it needed that certain something. And if you've been following for awhile, you know I love tone on tone so here it is. LOL. I used the border hoop on my Ellisimo to do the embroidery. I think it turned out pretty nice.
And here's a picture of the completed sleeveless jacket and the not-quite completed top. The top still needs to have a hem. I was putting them together here to figure out how much to cut off. They want you to put in a 1 1/2 inch hem and that's just dumb. I'm going to put in a baby hem instead.
Remember you can click on the picture for a larger version to see details.
Both the jacket and the top are quite loose fitting. I did a tissue-fit of both pieces and I probably could have cut a size smaller. But because of that, I can see myself wearing this jacket over a long sleeved sweater this fall/winter. So that's a good thing. LOL.
Here's some of the tissue fitting I did on the top. If you click on the picture, it will blow up and you'll see how I used a blue marker to draw my cutting lines. I used a size 16 (the smallest on this pattern) at the neck and armhole moving out to an 18 at the sides.
I snapped this pretty quick and didn't take into account the crappy lighting I have here in the afternoon. So it looks yellow. It's really white. LOL. This is before I got the bias binding on the neck and armholes too. Again, the pattern supplied facings and I just really don't like them. To me, a garment like this just looks more polished when it has bias bindings applied. I did do french seams on the side seams too. I'll try to remember to take a picture of the top in the morning in better light.
I hope to finish the top's hem and make the matching pants tomorrow. If I can get hubby to cooperate, I'll even model the outfit and you'll have to tell me what you think. I like it so far but it has turned out just a bit dressier than I thought it would. My lifestyle is pretty casual so this just may mean I'll have a nice outfit for dinner out.
Oh and I did want to say thank you to you gals for the well wishes for Matthew. We still haven't heard anything about a firm date for his return home. Hopefully it will be soon.