I was quite excited to make this amazing-on-the-model jacket: the oversize collar, the side zipper, the motorcycle-inspired design, the faux-leather trim, and the peplum are all quite au courant. I pictured myself wearing this to work and being the coolest chick in town. But pthththththththt! Not happy with the way it turned out.
The sleeves are SUPER narrow, so beware if you intend to make this pattern to check if the cutting layout given for your size will actually fit around your arm. I can hardly even push these up above my wrists, despite using stretch fabric.
I had a helluva time working with the faux-leather. You can’t use pins, of course, as they leave visible holes. And, it turns out it sticks to the presser foot as you sew it. So wrapping it in tissue paper before you sew it is a must. (I figured that out on the second try.) Let me know if you figure out a way to do this while still being able to blindly sew a straight line along the edge of the leather bands…’cause I never did. In the end, after throwing away several wasted strips of leather, I ended up using fabric glue to glue the strips in place.
I used a grey ponte knit for the body. This doesn’t make for the greatest garment after all. It’s a little too lightweight to give the giant collar enough body to sit properly…which is probably why the model in the Burda photo is holding it up behind her head:
I really had to fart around quite a while with the collar to get it sitting in a way that it didn’t look like a chaotic pile of wrinkles around my neck, or even worse, like a shawl protecting an old woman from cold drafts. In my photos, that’s the best I could get the collar to sit and trust me, if I were to move much in this jacket it would rearrange itself very quickly. If I did this again I would do a double layer of fabric on the body & collar pieces.
So alas, I’m feeling very disappointed tonight after several weeks of working on this. Think I’ll do a straightforward knit dress next as a balm for my troubled sewing spirit.
What do you do when something you worked on so hard turns out poorly? Straight to the shops to buy a replacement garment off the rack? Or do you have a go-to sewing pattern that you know is easy to make and will make you feel better? Or perhaps chocolate is the way to go. I have tried all three at various times. I think chocolate is the least expensive and fastest-acting solution. 🙂