- My area above and below the buttons are dimpling due to using all four holes of the buttons. While I attached them very loosely with a shank so that would not be an issue, clearly it did not work. Easy fix!
- This jacket has NO shoulder pads. As you will see later in the back, there is just the slightest slack, so in they will go and that will improve the drop of the back. I wanted to get a photo without them first. I will now use a 3/8 pad instead of a half inch.
- You could only match so much with this fabric, given the princess seams. I got the centers and bottoms of the pockets to work pretty well as well as the CF but beyond that I did not fuss. My goal here was fit, not couture.
- I really like my jacket now. The lace did it. I thought of the lace as a great way to hide the non matching houndstooth and was pleased with the outcome.
- I really like those 3 piece sleeves but think they will be much more effective in a full length sleeve.
- As far as Schaeffer's pattern: too structured for a Chanel, so I will do a simple edge to edge lining on the next one. I think there is a bit too much overlap at CF. That could be a petite thing, but I will diminish that a 1/4 inch on the CJ.
- Despite gravity's pressures, I am still fairly hourglass and think I need to pull it in at the waist just a tad. If I don't I will get the boxy jacket on short woman look. Don't want that. The jacket was actually made the length for the pattern. I did not reduce/petite the length so maybe I will take that down a half inch or so on the real thing.
- This jacket is meant to have a collar which I can see now will really stand away from the neckline. Not sure if I want it that "outstanding." Have to think about that one.
So, another one put to bed. I want to thank particularly Summerset for letting me trace off her pattern and also for her patience while I took so long to do so.
I need to do a little light sewing right now. Have you seen the new Vogue bag patterns? To die for! None of that grocery tote bag look there! I also really really need some spring summer things and have pledged to get more color in my summer wardrobe. Since wardrobes can build on past garments either sewn or purchased, you can often end up with a rather blah composite group. One glance in my closet and it is the land of the neutrals. I need prints and color and I know they will be fun to sew as well. There is something pleasurable about sewing a print, even the ones we regret purchasing. I have seen some great linen prints lately and am planning around some blues/ greens, and whites. I have caught Carolyn's dress bug, and as always have in minds some heirloom things for the grandaughters. Throw in the Chanel Jacket and some bags for friends and I think my summer plan is in order.
The pin weaving is near done and looking good. Definitely have some strong colors there.
*********************************************************************************Thanks, everyone, for your kind thoughts about my MIL. I have already been thru this with my family and now it is time to help with DH's family. I just want to say that for those of you also dealing with this, accept the normalcy of life's cycles and appreciate your elder loved ones as they are now. They still have so much to offer and teach even if they are in diminished capacity. Remember, they changed your diapers, wiped up your vomit, listened to your rants and rages, and still rejoiced in your being you. They deserve the same as they near life's end.....Bunny