New Look 6270: Misses Dress, Jacket and Bag
When I go to Walmart I always leave the store with a pattern. I can never go in that store for what I intended, which is to get my load of Gatorade and Gatorade only, noooo I evitably end up in the fabric section so-call browsing and end up plucking up a pattern. I think I have most of the patterns from there, but noticed NL 6270 and thought the jacket pattern would make a quick garment. My plan this year is to make my own suits instead of caving into Ann Taylor & the Loft and figured starting with simple jackets and mastering inputting a lining would get me on the right track.
Initially I'd paired the pattern with a 6 wale olive corduroy fabric, which I scored at Joann's, but unaware of the way of the fabric, I inadvertently cut out the back with the nap running the wrong way. Therefore the front of the jacket was a shade darker than the back and didn't know how to go about working it in as a designer element. I decided to use it as a muslin to make another one.
I used a lightweight black denim that has a cross-wise stretch for Version E, which is basically a relaxed style collarless jacket with bust darts. In continuing to work with the muslin I was able to tweak the jacket, because I found that the jacket was too boxy. I nipped in the back of each side of the center back seam, creating darts, also did front darts which ascend up into the bust darts for more shaping.
I tried my hand at doing a lining, which always causes me grief. I perused my reference book, Thread's Jacket, Coats & Suits, as well as Palmer Pletsch's DvD/Jackets for Real People to aid me during this difficult time..lol and was able to do a lining, but with a lil fudging. My lining issues arises when attaching the lining to the facings and sewing along the hem line of a jacket. The lining ends up pulling along the bottom as if there is a battle going on between the jacket hem and lining hem.
The jacket has an unusually wide neckline which is more open and closer to the shoulders. I pinched out the shoulder seams to reduce the wide neckline, but its still hugging my shoulders, but not a nuisance. However, it makes it a challenge to find anything to wear under it. I really need to take a closer look in my closet for a top with a jewel neckline to see if that would work well under it, but for now I will be sporting it with a turtleneck.
I had enough fabric left over to make a skirt and hope to finish that this weekend.