BeaJay hit the nail on the head when she commented on my previous post "sometimes we get disappointed because we picture something else in our mind." I had an idea in my head about that boucle sheath dress. I also had an idea that I wanted a long spring coat to wear over it (remember, I originally thought of this as an Easter dress).
So, I went on the hunt for a coordinating fabric. I ended up with a bubble gum pink cotton (twill or pique) from Hancock Fabrics' clearance section. Then I looked for a pattern. I was looking for a longer length unlined jacket, and found McCalls 6709. There were no reviews of it online, but I liked the simplicity of it and decided to give it a try. (When looking at patterns, always look at the line drawings. The cover photos or drawings may or may not be appealing, but the line drawings give you a much better idea of the actual construction).
I made view C, which is the longer length, with three-quarter length sleeves and inseam pockets. Again I cut a 14 and added an inch to the side front and side back pieces, tapering out from under the arm. I don't know what it was about this pattern, but it was a pleasure to sew! I think this is the first time I've used a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, but if they're all this great, it won't be the last.
|With the lapels folded back|
The pattern has raglan sleeves with shoulder pads, which I made removeable by sewing velcro to the shoulder seams and to the top of the shoulder pads. But after I finished the jacket I decided I didn't really need them; my shoulders are broad enough:)
|With the lapels up|
But.....I love this pattern. It has a very minimalist look, and like I said before, was a pleasure to sew. When the right fabric jumps out at me, I hope to make it again.