Hello! Winter vacations have begun, it is very very cold in Delhi and we are off tomorrow to Pune for two weeks to be in warmer weather, meet family and friends and attend a wedding in the family.
As I finish the last bit of packing on Christmas eve I wanted to post my jacket which I finished yesterday.
The Sunday Brunch Jacket is an Oliver+S pattern. To tell you the truth, I bought the pattern ages ago when it first came out. Then I seemed to have forgotten about it. When I did find it about six months ago, I wasn’t feeling too keen on sewing it but then also felt terribly guilty. O+S patterns are expensive, and I have had this pattern for so long. Plus, it runs only till size 8. So I knew it was high time I used it, and luckily N was kind of in need of a jacket.
After reading several discussions on blog land regarding lining vs. non-lining and following O+S forum on sizing I decided to sew without lining in a size 6 and extended the length by 0.25″ in the bodice and 1″ in the skirt.
But, as it turns out it looks huge on her!
Or maybe “huge” is the wrong word. What I really mean is odd. Clearly sleeves are too long, on top of which she refuses to fold them. Its kind of loose through out but then appears to me to be too short.
What I do like is the lovely flannel (also from such a long ago that I entirely forget its source) and buttons (that I got from a Japanese friend in New York).
So, all in all I am not feeling super excited about. N is less ho hum about it-it is cozy and she likes the too long sleeves. And I suppose large is better than small.
Finally one word of reminder to self, and a word of caution to anyone out there increasing the length in the bodice. I did not notice until it was too late that part of the armhole runs into the skirt. When you extend the bodice you don’t consider that so my bodice sewn to the skirt required a bit of shaping before the sleeve could fit into the armhole. In my case, it was only 0.25″ so it could be achieved with not much difficulty but I think I lucked out. But definitely something to keep in mind, and perhaps better only to lengthen skirt length.
So, if I can be motivated to make another version I will look more carefully at the finished measurements I think, and perhaps line it entirely for greater warmth. The description clearly does not suggest a winter jacket but again I thought it would do for Delhi winters. But, as it turns out I was wrong. The current unlined version is not enough for Delhi (do you see the second underlying jacket peeking out from below? 🙂
Alright, this is all from me for today.
Have a lovely Christmas and new year. See you in 2016!