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October 05, 2012


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I think it's looking pretty freakin amazing so far! Can't wait to see the whole finished piece with the silk lining & bound button holes :)

Oh, and just for the record... bound button holes ARE fiddly. I always mess mine up, yet I have no problems with welt pockets. I think it is due to the tiny size, you have to be super super precise, like down to the stitch count.


Very good work and quite a complex project for a newbie! I do think that the shoulders are too wide for your petite frame but WHO CARES! It's an awesome effort and the next time you will narrow them down a little. Sewing is not about perfection, it's about moving towards perfection.


It's looking great! I love that colour. You are doing a great job on it. Looking forward to seeing the completed article!


Lovely job! I think your fit is great, and I am excited that you have shared a project! Can't wait to see the finished jacket!


I am so happy for you - what a lot of progress in your sewing career! kudos to you!!


I think it looks fabulous!
Personally I'd move the shoulder pads in just a bit. In that last photo they look to be far enough out that they're making the sleeve collapse in on itself.


Looking good! I do agree with the comment above - I, too, would move the shoulder pads in a bit. You asked about the flat insertion method for sleeves - definitely the easier method, but for jackets I prefer to insert sleeves once the side seams are sewn. Gives a better shape to the sleeve head. Keep on sewing - you're making amazing progress!

Faye Lewis

Great jacket. A nice classic piece.

Cassie Hoh

Love it! I'm a new sewer. I've made a doggy coat and little zipper bags. Love the color.


The fit and colour of this jacket really rocks.


I switched the shoulder pads and all I have to do now is finish bagging the lining. Love the color and fit. Thank you all for your help and comments. You were right!

Dianne Kalil

beautiful jacket! I'd move in the shoulder pads for sure. Also as you are petite, I would check out "petiting" the torso length of garments. Generally most women, regardless of size, have a shorter ratio from shoulder to waist than the patterns provide. Draw a horizontal line through the armhole all the way across the front and back and top of sleeve pattern piece. make sure are straight with the grain. I draw mine at top of grainline arrow. measure about 1/2" above and draw 2nd line; fold across one line and pull it up to meet the other. It pulls up your bust line and gives a better fit. Learned from Pamela at pamelaspatterns.com. (instructions included in her patterns). Try it out on a tee shirt pattern first before you use it on another garment. you can adjust the fold amount, if needed, once you see your results. Keep on sewing!


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