Friday, October 29, 2010
Lady On Hold
Like most of the garments I make, it needed a little more length in the bodice. Also the collar gaped, so I pinched out the excess. Finally, I had to shave just a smidge off the hips at the side seam.
The Lady Grey might possibly have the best fitting shoulders I've ever encountered in 40 years of sewing. I have to say that I am quite impressed with the drafting of this pattern.
Right after I did my fitting, I put the Lady aside to sew some items I needed for my NY / NJ vacation. As I mentioned in a previous post, I sewed three pairs of pants in three days, and completed a carpet bag that had sat half done for several years. (To be fair, one of the pairs of pants was also a UFO). I still need to get good photos, but I'll share the pants with you soon.
Not only am I pretty far behind the others in the sew-along, I've now realized that what I need much more than a fitted coat is a more casual jacket that I can wear over layers and sweaters, something that's nicer than a fleece, but that I can still wear to walk the dog.
As for the Lady, I'm not going to abandon her all together. While I never did find the perfect lining to go with my houndstooth check, I am kind of liking the look of the jacket in the upholstery fabric I've used for my muslin. I am visualizing it with black velvet contrast collar and lapel facing. Can't you just see it with long black gloves?
I have enough fabric left over to re-cut the pieces where I made alterations, so I might just sew this up and call it good. Stay tuned.