2/1/09

Vogue 8300

Misses Jacket in 3 variations, unlined jacket with darts and collar variations, pockets, three-quarter length sleeves, long sleeves and snap closures with button trim or loop and button closures. I'm working up Version A with a grey wool blend fabric, using the sleeves from Version C, omitted pockets and put in a lining.
Despite the pattern being labeled very easy, this project gave me a run for my money. I was having issues with the collar, shoulder pads, lining and facings. Honestly, I was a nano-second from trashing it, but decided to step away from it and called my sistah-friend Andrea to keep from pulling out my hair. While talking to her and lamenting about my jacket woos an epiphany hit me and realized how to rectify the collar issue.

Primarily the issue with the collar was that I was following Marta Alto's (Jackets for Real People) technique for attaching the upper collar to the lining and lower collar to the fashion fabric and at the same time trying to incorporate the pattern's collar instructions. In doing so, the collar was not laying right... talk about a total button head. Once I realized the errors of my ways....lol - I totally focused on Marta's technique.


My happiness was short-lived I was having problems attaching the lining to the facings. Although Marta showed her technique for attaching facings to a lining, my facings were attached to the front panels unlike hers in that they were separate facings. Off the top, I HATE facings. As I'd mentioned the jacket's facing are part of the front panels and after attaching the lining to the facings, I would end up with bunching along the bust area. For the life of me I couldn't understand the logistics of attaching the lining to the facing without it looking wonky. So what is a girl to do... I hacked the facings off the jacket as well as the lining and barely missed ruining the garment because I decided to do it after the jacket was assembled....sheesh

Let me tell you.... the problems just kept coming. The next issue was the shoulder pads, I'd put them in, took them out, put them back in only to take them out again because I was experiencing the linebacker look. I believe the problem occurred when I decided to shear off 5/8" from the jacket armholes. After trying the jacket on several times I noticed that I had too much room going on in the shoulder area and in decreasing the armholes I failed to take in consideration the shoulder pads. However, I'm thinking I could use sleeve heads, which would fill out the gap between the arm and the sleeve top or just leave well enough alone.
Its still a work in progress despite all the issues. I'm not sure how I feel about it until its totally completed. So I will push-on and look for sleeve heads, find buttons, attach lining to the bottom, hem the sleeves and close up the opening in the sleeve.


14 comments:

wendy said...

I made that pattern about a year ago and it gave me fits as well - glad it wasn't just me! I love that fabric, though, so I hope it all ends well. ;-)

Tanya said...

I'm sorry that you're having so many issues with this jacket. That's one reason I don't use books in addition to the guide sheet. I always read the guide sheet before starting and then try to work out any changes in my head before actually trying them on the garment. Press on you'll be happy when it's done.

Opal said...

I like the pattern and the fabric... Sorry to hear its giving you a hard time.. but once you get it all worked out I know its going to look fabulous.....

Cas... said...

Nice pattern! NOT! LOL! It's a good looking one but it doesn't sound as easy as it should be. But I know you will work out the kinks and get the job done.

Good Luck!

Aminat said...

I am sure you will work it out and it will look fabulous in the end.....ah ah ah, vogue, vogue, vogue.........I will try another one someday

Cheryl Wray said...

Ooh, I really like this design!

Andrea said...

Everything looks good to me so far. I'm so glad you were able to work things out. I do like your fabric choice for this.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

The pattern is very nice looking. Don't you hate it when you're all excited to work and complete but your pattern has a different idea entirely !

stillpatrice said...

I desperately need ltwt jackets like that, but the ones i've tried have been such a pain in the ass. I'm not stalking Marshalls and TJmaxx for cute and CHEAP ones. lol

Lesalicious said...

Like how it is coming out, sorry that you been fusing at it for a minute, I say you never know you can sit for awhile and come back and it will be a piece of cake. Good luck :)

Faye Lewis said...

Looks like you are doing a good job on the jacket to me. Believe me, I feel your pain when things don't want to go in right. Keep plugging at it, I'm sure you are going to have a great wardrobe addition.

Lisa H. said...

It's rough when you have to struggle with pattern or technique.Perseverance is one of your traits.You can do it!

knitmachinequeen said...

Yikes! I just trimmed that pattern yesterday and made a FBA. I'm going to make a few more alterations and then I'm going for it. I'm not going to line it and don't plan on using shoulder pads unless I have to because as I recall the pattern didn't call for them. Wish me luck.

emy said...

I am so impressed! I kept telling myself that I ought to get around to learning how to use the sewing machine but that'll take away my knitting and crochet time! :P