Finally decided to finish this little jacket (mostly) but it's not that awesome so I wasn't going to post it. But, since I'm putting up this skirt, which I'm more proud of, I thought they could share a post.
First, the skirt.No pattern, just made it up as I went along.
Initially, I was just going to make a really full skirt & add some straps to pull up the front (inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276754.0
) but then decided I wanted it with, basically, all the gathering in the back. But I couldn't really figure out how to do that. So I decided the gathered part would have it's own waistband bit that would attach to the rest of the waistband. So I cut the fabric, sewed it back up, pressed the seam open & sewed the edges where the front & back "separate" then attached the "main" waistband. (It's at this point that I decided to start taking pictures.)
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So then came the back part. I did it wide at first (so it went from one side to the other) but didn't like it so I folded it in on itself and proceeded to test the limits of my sewing machine trying to sew it all together. (At some point I had also added a pocket...)
So now I've got to decide how to fasten the whole thing. There's been some...changes in my weight that I'm unsure if I really will be motivated enough to change back so I wanted it to be a little adjustable. So, the "main" waistband is sort of like a bra, one set of hooks & 2 rows of "eyes". Then I added some buttons to the "main" and "back" waistbands & wrapped a couple of elastic hair ties around them. Viola!
And the jacket.
Used a pattern, Butterick 4926. What a pain! The sleeves at the wrist are pretty small and it was a total pain to sew. I don't love the sleeves as they aren't quite gathered evenly but it's not bad if you don't look closely. And I can't decide on which button for the neck so that's not done yet. I like the design but hated making it.
Thanks for looking!