Wednesday, March 3, 2010
COPY CAT JACKET
is finished. I saw this Coach jacket and loved the pocket treatment, lining and the cuffs. I had to have it and couldn't find it anywhere. So what's a girl to do? Well, if she sews- she makes it. I used Simplicity 2810, which I definitely will use again. The instructions were fairly good and it was well drafted. I think it ran a little bigger than other Simplicity patterns I have used recently. I cut a size 10 and tapered to a 12 in the hip area, whereas I usually need a 14. I purchases all fabrics from Denver Fabrics and was very pleased with my purchase. Although the jacket will be dry cleaned I hand washed the fabrics prior to construction to pretreat. The cuffs are detachable so that I can just wash them separately without cleaning the jacket. I used Petersham to trim the pockets and the jacket cuff.
Regrets, I have a few. I shortened the jacket by about 1" and I wish instead I had lengthened it about an inch. I also shortened the sleeves- I always do and the sleeves are a bit short but thanks to the cuff you really don't notice. Because the jacket is shorter than the inspiration jacket and since I am only 5'3" I had to forget the upper pockets. That made me sad- I really like that detail. I may experiment later with additional pockets but I just don't think there is enough of me to pull it off. I also wish I had used more traditional tailoring techniques, like taping the the front edge.
Now, it is on to finishing up my Chanel jacket.