Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Working on the SWAP

Justa little.

I have finished the muslin for the black denim jacket; actually, it's not too bad, aside from the bit that's really bad...

Here's the OOP pattern...
 I don't remember when or where I got this; but it's been in my cabinet for ages.  I really like the little pleated back peplum and have thought it would make a great denim jacket.  When I went digging through the stash for a suitable pattern for the black denim from Miriam, this one came out on top of the stack.

The shoulder looked wide and the armsceye low, though.  But, hey, it's an illustration.  The actual pattern, once made up, might not fit quite like that, right?

Well, maybe if it was a Big 4 pattern.  In this case, I believe the artist was spot on.... (Pardon the awkward bathroom selfies...)

Yup.  That combo of wide shoulder and deep armsceye means I can't lift my arms.  But it seems to fit well otherwise, so I'm going to go back to the table and 1)raise the armceye at least 1.5" and 2)tip it 1" back into the shoulder. 1".  There was excessive ease in the sleeve cap; I trimmed the front of the cap a bit (There was 1" too much ease in the front, 1/2" too much in the back) to get the muslin to work; I'll reshape the sleeve once I see how big the resulting armsceye is.

I think the bagginess in the back is due to the lightweight muslin clinging to the t shirt underneath...I didn't notice that going on when I did the mirror over the shoulder look...we'll see if sturdy denim does better. So much bagginess from the shoulders; it's hard to tell what will be left once that's gone.  It will be as good as RTW in any case, probably better....

And, for an update on my Hubby's job situation...he started a new job today.  Pretty amazing events...the story is over on the faith blog, if you're interested.  Thanks so much for all the prayers and encouragement!


  1. This is a nice looking jacket pattern. I think your planned adjustments will produce a nice fit.

  2. So happy to hear your husband found a new job! Best wishes to him.