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StyleArc Ziggi jacket #4
You know, this is a lovely looking jacket pattern, and the end result is going to be good [even if it kills me] but this is so full of crappy instructions and problems I’m surprised so many people have managed to finish it!
I left it lying because, well, sleeves, and also I was waiting for the zips to arrive. They appeared midweek, but I currently have no energy for weekday sewing, so it had to sit a bit longer. I took the sleeve back out, put the seams back as they were, then just pinched out a dart in the middle of the undersleeve piece, just to match up the armscyes. Not great, but it worked, sleeves in.
Then I set to with the zips, which went in fine with plenty of basting [although the sleeve zips would have gone in better while the sleeve was flat, just sayin’ StyleArc! Wifey’s little T Rex arms meant the sleeves had to be shortened by 3/4″, which is worth noting- she normally needs a full 2″ off, so I’ll be sure to watch that when making one for my monkey arms! Collar, no trouble.
Lining and facing instructions are crap too- so I did it my way, partly by machine, hand under-stitching, and bits of hand finishing to get a neat effect. Then I noticed that the bloody pocket bags sit right into the facings AND the hem. I have NEVER seen this before.
I don’t like putting in linings in the RTW way, bagging out by machine is just so…RTW. So I had to break the job up to make room for the pockets to be left free. I did it by hand, starting and finishing just above the pockets, then did some more tweaking to fit.
The missus has very slim hips, so wanted quite a lot more taking out of the side seams. After this, I tweaked a bit out of the lining, leaving it slightly larger for ease. Then more hand stitching, finishing off all that decorative top stitching because I’m a glutton for punishment. We’ve agreed on small shoulder pads, just to make the back look even better!
I’m hoping to get it done tomorrow, barring further bloody disasters. Here’s a teaser of the rather fetching neckline.