In an effort to analyze what does and doesn't work in the wardrobe, I decided to take some photos of stuff I'm wearing to work...sorta like the Choir Wardrobe posts, only without the limitations. I don't know how often I'll actually get to post to this...it might be in spurts...but since The Actor was up and about when I was ready to go to work I enlisted his photographic assistance (I guess I'm gonna hafta find our tripod...)
Neue Mode jacket, which I teamed up w/ a cream RTW shell sweater and some black straight-leg Lee jeans.
The jacket has gotten a little snug since I made it. It does button w/o looking Perfectly Awful, but if I make this pattern again I will need to do some altering. The sleeves really are a bit too short; that's unusual for me. I don't remember if I shortened the sleeves or not; need to go back and check my notes. I do know that the blouse from the same pattern had sleeves that were way too long, so I must've shortened the jacket sleeves.
In terms of styling, I've got on a sparkly green necklace that fills in the neckline nicely but leaves a big expanse of white. I threw a long necklace on just to see how the lines worked; it broke up the white but didn't work w/the jacket lines...and the neckline looked bare. A scarf might've been a good choice, but I don't think I've got one the right color. The straight legs on the jeans are not bad, but these are 'Regular' length rather than 'Short', so I have to wear a shoe w/some heel or they drag the ground. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't...depends on the state of my back.
Overall, I think a longer jacket would work better; at the very least the sleeves should not end at the jacket hemline (a detail I hadn't noticed until I looked at this photo...).
The jacket itself is made from a very attractive fabric and usually gets compliments. I think it's going into the 'keep until replaced' category.