So I am still cruising along with the Pattern Review Contest. I have four pieces completed and only 6 more to go and a full 3 weeks to do it. That’s really not bad – just 2 projects a week. So far I have on pair of linen pants, an airy lace gauze top, and my latest project, the unlined silk jacket. This leaves me with 3 tops, two pairs of pants, and a skirt to go. Two of the projects are using Vogue patterns – 8603 skirt and 8367 high waist-pants. Since I’m going to try to do a top this evening, I’ll leave that pattern as a surprise.
As far as the jacket goes, I’m glad that I forged through to finish it, even though it is not my favorite project. I really didn’t have any fabric to spare, so I was left with a few compromises. It is shorter than I’d like, so my original intent was to lengthen the pattern. I also wanted to do the same for the sleeves. None of this was possible. The silk material really should have been serged before sewing, which I didn’t realize until after completing most of it.
Changes: I made on 1/2“ hem instead of the 1 ¼” that the pattern called for. I also did my own thing to make the collar work. I just could not wrap my head around their directions for this part. It came out okay for my first jacket, but not as nice as I would have liked. I also used only one button and folded the inside part of the jacket down a bit more than the pattern to show the complimentary gray color. FYI, this is my best button hole EVER!
That’s all I can say other than I like the Asian inspired look of the fabric and that while I’m not jumping for joy over this one, it is working well at the office and is dressing up my very casual top quite nicely.
Oh yeah – I put my parents on the case for me in prayer back-up….guess what? They have extended the FHA tax credit! Prayer break-through number 1! Here’s to getting my home after all.