What I had in mind for this project was a field jacket -- more safari, less M65 -- but I bought green fabric. I have a hard time walking away from green. It's not an olive drab, but it's still got a military vibe. I tried to distress it with bleach, but I really don't think it changed a thing -- it's still dark green. Never mind that I already have a green rain coat and two green fleece jackets.
|The look I was trying to achieve. [Who carries a purse in the jungle?]|
It also seemed SO BAGGY. It took me forever to finish sewing, partly because I was busy with other projects, but also because I wasn't too excited to see it finished. I regretted not fitting the pattern
|Not baggy, but almost exactly the same green of my jacket.|
Even though I called this a muslin, I flat-felled all the seams, added trim and flaps to the pockets - and added zippered pockets - and bought nice buttons and zippers for it. Most of it was experimentation, so I suppose it can still be called a muslin. However, I was disappointed that if I wanted to alter any of the seams, I would have to pick out part of those flat-felled seams. Not impossible, just more work.
|Zipper pocket & pocket flaps added|
Convinced that I would probably not wear the jacket as-is, the next time my daughter stopped in to tell me how much she liked it, and lobby for a red one, I told her "It's too baggy for me. You can have it." "REALLY? I love it!" She was thrilled, and I was just happy someone would wear it.
|The waist loosened|
|What a difference a waist makes!|
But that's okay. This was just a muslin. Mine will be even better. It will have:
- higher armscyes, with narrower sleeves
- a slightly wider waist casing
- a narrower back or maybe an inverted back pleat
- some length taken out of the upper back
- lining, maybe...not sure yet
- maybe cuffs for the sleeves
Besides, I already have three green jackets. Maybe I need one in red.
|She's worn it to school twice in one week -- I guess it's a winner.|