Well I’ve made it and if you had asked me at the beginning of the year “could I make a jacket?” I would have replied “not a chance”. The pattern is brilliant and there are some very wonderful and beautiful versions out there, but I’m afraid to stay this isn’t one of them. I have to say that I am not in love with mine and it has nothing to do with the pattern – which is fabulous and so very well supported on the web site that even I could make this. I’m not in love because of my styling. Others have done the shell in a gorgeous to die for pattern – but mine is solid navy. Very functional but far from exciting. Others have contrasting collar and main shell – mine is very tame. I had considered – and may still do this – having the collar, cuffs and lapels made out of the very same, lovely navy polka dot that I have lined it with.
I’ve not made many things so far that have been this plain.
So I am proud of the shape, the size, the finish on the cuffs, collar, lapels. I didn’t enjoy easing those sleeves but they really are quite good. I traced this pattern something I have never done before. I love the way when I turned the whole thing inside out at the end – I ‘m sure there’s smoke and mirrors involved- but it actually looked well, properly finished. I’m so glad I made it as I can see my dream of making my own cosy winter coat coming ever closer. I also love the pockets and as the instructions mention – I will be unpicking side seams to add pockets from now on on every dress – genius.
So it may just need a really nice brooch or button, or maybe the contrasting cuffs and /or lapels and collar. Maybe you have some ideas cos it really does need some help. Please let me know any suggestions in the comments below.