Friday, November 19, 2010
What This UFO IS Teaching Me
1. Colors: I do like the slightly nautical stripe and medium tone colors of red, white and blue. I'm sure that's what drew me to the fabric in the first place. Lesson is that medium tone colors are best for me, not too strong, not too pale.
2. Fabric: The fabric itself is from Walmart, $1 a yard, and is a cotton lycra that feels scratchy and bulky, ughh. I bought it my first season here in FL, seven years ago. I was feeling lonely and sad....Mr. Lucky was still working, my father had just died the previous year and I missed him here terribly and I had yet to make any real friends in FL. Lesson, these are not good reasons for fabric shopping.
3. Style: I was just starting to understand that I look best in darted clothing. However, it's still quite a boxy look for me. I wear boxy jackets on a casual basis but how many patterns do I really need for this look? My favorite casual jacket pattern is Kwik Sew, a jeans jacket with some nice shaping. That's my go to pattern for these woven lycra fabrics. This pattern was designed for felted wool jersey and tweeds....softer fabrics than I chose.
The lapels are a little larger than usual but I'm liking them now more than I did at first. The jacket isn't lined and I think that's also a mistake in this uncomfortable fabric. I do like how I changed the cuffs. I would definitely need to add a beefed up shoulder pad on my sloping right shoulder since I didn't adjust when I sewed this jacket. Nowadays I do take a deeper shoulder seam on the right and cut the armhole slightly lower to compensate.
When I look at the jacket length on my body, too many horizontal lines at one place...the 3/4 sleeve looks like it's almost parallel with the hem, never a good look for me since it's right around my widest part.
Now that I've written this post and looked at the picture more closely there are enough reasons for tossing this one. Blogging about sewing projects is a good way to get some distance emotionally from the project. I don't know why it's so hard for me to let go of these ideas and projects (that's a whole different kind of blog:-) I do know that I have never regretted letting go of something and moving on to the next good thing. Good sewing lessons and now....
Onward to the Vogue 1100 jacket...
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