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« on: April 03, 2016 03:20:32 AM »

Last fall, I cut up a jacket my grandmother didn't wear anymore. I liked the color. It came out a little too short and I can't really move well, because the fabric has no stretch. And I should never make a pattern without adjusting for my length anymore! Hm. Still like it, but wouldn't make it again, weird fit.

Unfortunately, I deleted the picture of the original jacket. It was one of those boxy shapeless things. I cut the pattern pieces and didn't keep any of the original things. Come to think of it, it was so little fabric, it wouldn't have been possible to make it any longer as it is. Oh well.
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2016 07:01:26 AM »

You can't tell from the pics that it does not fit you...it looks like it fits quite well, actually!  You are tall and slim, so the jacket looks cute cropped at your waist like that, I think.

The sleeves are fabulous!  Great length, too!

I also think the color is flattering on you (at least from what I can see!) Grin.

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2016 04:32:41 AM »

The fit of the jacket looks good enough and so does its length. And yes, the color definitely rocks. I dont see any reasons to find this piece weirdgood enough!

« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016 05:13:40 PM »

Well, I think you might be knocking this jacket too much. I love it. I do get what you mean about the shortness. I like my tops on the longer side too. However, I think this looks so nice on you. I love the shade of blue as well... IMHO, it suits you. Both the color and the jacket. I think the style is neat and I can appreciate your restyle. I like it so much I pinned it.

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2016 01:22:37 AM »

Thank you for the thumbs up! I really like it a bit better after your kind words!
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017 12:21:53 PM »

If you want to add more room to the jacket, add some under the arms in the side seams. It would be difficult to exactly match the color and texture of the original fabric, so go in the opposite direction. If you are going to typically wear navy pants with it, you could add a navy knit panel that starts as a point under the upper arm, extending into the sleeve a bit if need be. This of a shape like a pointed top obelisk, where a rather narrow triangle point is in the upper sleeve seam for about 2-3 inches, then getting wider as needed down the side. This could be made to look as part of the original jacket. It could come across as a "racing stripe" more or less, and only need be as wide as needed to give you just enough room to raise your arms and be comfy. I would  not detract from the great look, and if knit fabric of a medium weight with some stretch is used, you could have more room with a minimum of added fabric.

I must say what you already have fits perfectly to my eyes and you did a great job, but I know how it feels to wear something you love and have slaved over but is just a hair too tight. Still, great job!
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