this picture is a lot darker than i thought it would be...
so this is an old shirt jacket of my mom's, by Coldwater Creek (a very Mom catalogue).
supposed to be a grungy lounging shirt, but upon closer inspection, it turned out to be extremely well constructed:
here i am wearing it inside out. you can (or can't, as the case may be) see the inside's been finished so wonderfully. even the inner placket and sleeve patterns match up perfectly. this helped a lot while i was trying to draw on a pattern from scratch -- it was like drawing on grid paper. on the back yoke, inside the sleeve cuffs, and on the underside of the collar, the shirt is lined with hot fuschia corduroy that matches the thin hot pink stripe running through the plaid pattern. borderline tacky, but i love it.
go Coldwater Creek! clothes ugly as sin but at least they know how to construct a fine garment. the shirt looked really cool inside out so i was tempted to leave it that way! but eventually decided on this:
(excuse the mess.)
i left the placket alone because it was so beautifully finished. cut out a fitted bodice (but forgot the seam allowance, so its too snug...dammit) with darts at the waist and armholes, put pleats at the waist in the front and back for a babydoll effect, and reattached the sleeves at an elbow length.
final touches: i still plan on covering the buttons, putting in belt loops, cut the collar to a peter pan shape, and maybe -- just maybe -- figuring out how to put in welt pockets. i cannot live without pockets. but i have a sinking feeling it may be too late to put them in for this piece. (halp??)
nevertheless, i'll start wearing my new plaid jacket around once the weather warms up, finished or not