From the tissue fit I made the following alterations:
- The front had a pair of darts - I eliminated one of them & altered the apex of the remaining dart.
- The back piece was so strangely rounded and high at the top near the shoulder blade. I removed a wedge of excess there by pinching out a 1.5cm sided dart by slashing a horizontal line across to the centre back and then pivoting and overlapping the excess.
- I made the waist wider. I measured the pattern pieces at the waist (excluding the seam allowances) to determine how much ease there was (4 inches altogether). I added this ease to my actual waist measurement and then altered the waist on each of the front, back and waistbands pieces.
I was going to make this jacket in green with white piping and white buttons for a graphic look, but I came across some wooden buttons with small flowers that looked really good next to the fabric and which changed the look - it made me think of English fields of lush green grass (the rain is good for something) with a scattering of flowers.
This pattern was straightforward to make up and the instructions simple to follow. I really appreciated having diagrams to refer to, especially after my last couple of Burda Style magazine makes.
This jacket is unlined so I made sure that the inside was really neat and all the seams finished nicely. I like to use up fabric scraps for interfacings. For this jacket I used a cotton gauze with purple flowers that was left over from making the ruffle dress. If the facings turn over - you get a peep of flowers (instead of fusible interfacing).
I’m going to look out for a rose print fabric to make something to go with this jacket, as I think it will pair up well.