February 14, 2012 by Janna Roznos
So my first attempt (in a very long time) at fearless sewing a.k.a not sewing up a muslin was somewhat a failure . . . not a totally failure, but not a great success.
I sewed For Vogue 8693.
I was in a hurry (Never good). I was tired (Even worse!) I wanted instant sewing gratification (Instant sewing – an oxymoron?!) So I decided to wing it and not make a muslin. Instead, I did some quick flat pattern measurements and decided that I needed size 12.
I also read through all the reviews on PR (which there are not many and none are very extensive).
However, I neglected to measure the width of the sleeve- Argh!
The sleeve is VERY narrow, so much so that I can really only wear this with a sleeveless T-shirt, camisole or a short sleeve T-shirt. Hey, I don’t think I have big, robust upper arms (maybe I do?) but this pattern definitely has very narrow sleeves.
Lesson learned? Make a muslin!
The little closure is pretty worthless, too. Yes, it looks great: it is a neat button, but I ended up sewing a snap in the jacket in order to keep it closed and have it hang well on me.
I knew going in that I didn’t enough fabric to match the plaids, so I matched the right and front, but put the sleeves on the crosswise (I think that’s what I did) so the sleeve hem would just be the selvedge.
I also, tried to put the back pieces on the bias but it didn’t work, so I ended up sewing this strip up the back.
I am hoping that anyone who sees it will think, ‘Wow! What a design feature’ and not ‘Gee! What an idiot! She didn’t even match the plaids.’
Especially on the flange.
No matchy- matchy.
Would I make this again? No. However, it is a nice light weight jacket, which I have worn several times since it hasn’t really gotten too cold here.
No fearless sewing for me. Fear the pattern! Make a muslin!