…and so did the legendary fat lady. It’s done, it’s finished.
StyleArc Ziggi jacket #5, the finale
All bar the pics of Dawn wearing it!
Several hours of hand sewing [what was I thinking of] and this simple l [ha!] little jacket is done. Hand sewn top stitching, hand sewn lining insertion blah blah. Good grief. I had to take quite a lot out of the side seams first- these ‘darts’ are 2″ wide at the bottom edge. I added small shoulder pads made from sew-in bag wadding.
Fortunately, she loves it, and is working out where we need to go so she has a need for a lightweight, posh jacket.
I’ve just taken some snaps of it on a hanger, which will have to do until we get home from work NOT exhausted, sorry about that.
Key issues with this, summarised:
- Zip lengths quoted are out- don’t buy your zips until you have fiddled with the pattern and know what size you want.
- There are NO instructions for putting the pocket zips in, other than elsewhere on the internet, try Communing with Fabric or Sew Maris.
- Sleeves are shorter than usual
- Jacket fit as it stands is more boxy than the image implies, you may need quite a lot of shaping at the side seams if you like a more fitted look
- The pockets as placed fit INSIDE the front facing AND hem allowance- raise them, lengthen the jacket OR be very careful when inserting the lining and hemming that you don’t catch them down
- Instructions for the whole thing are the most unhelpful I’ve yet seen on StyleArc, and yet many, many people have made it…they clearly all did their own thing too.
- It’s beautifully well drafted, as ever, all pattern pieces match up nicely
- The size/shape of the collar and lapels is very classy
- It’s a very versatile jacket- and lends itself to quite a bit of customisation in blocking, fabrics, and quilting details.
I promise pics of her wearing it as soon as possible! Now to make something for ME I can’t be doing with all this unselfish sewing!
PS, this was apparently my 500th post. Wow!