Oh my gosh you guys, I have so many thoughts about this project.
My brain always goes a little something like this:
What did I make? Is it too big? Should I have saved this fabric for something else? Maybe the Archer was a better idea. I kind of love it. Is it too big? I shouldn’t have done the contrast collar. The plaid is really bold, I should have used something different. Is it too big?
I could go on forever.
Let me tell you what I love, and we can build from there.
Like many others in the sewing/making community, I was completely in love with this project from the minute the Making magazine showed up in my mailbox. I have been getting this magazine since it debuted, and I love it. It is so wonderfully made, and full of project inspiration. I have made at least one project from each issue, and I love all the photography, so I think it’s worth the subscription.
I was totally taken with this style when I saw it in the magazine. It is oversized, and comfy looking without being sloppy. The proportions are just right, and lets not even start on those pockets! I knew I had to have one, and couldn’t get the idea of using a warm flannel for the lining. I decided to use a Kaufman Mammoth flannel that I’ve had in my stash for over 2 years (!) as the lining. I originally bought it thinking it would be an Archer, but I got overly intimidated about lining up all those plaids, and have just been holding on to it.
Now, it’s officially spring, but man is spring fickle! I finally made some time to make this jacket, and although the colors and fabric scream winter, I went ahead and sewed it up this last week of March. So, even though it’s not really seasonally appropriate, I hope to get some wear out of it until it officially warms up. I see cozy walks to school in the morning.
I love how soft and warm the flannel lining is, and can we talk about the chambray for just a second? Look at those awesome pops of color! The flannel is on the thicker side, which makes for a heavier and possibly more boxier jacket, so I wanted to use a light weight fabric for the exterior.
So, did I mention it’s oversized? Here’s the thing about me. I’m a smallish person. I’m 5’1” on my tall days, and while I’ve never considered myself petite, I probably am. So, I cut the smallest size in the pattern, and then tried on the outer pieces. I decided to cut 2” of length off the arms, and 2” of the length off the body. However, even with those adjustments, I think it is just too big on me. I get that it is oversized, and I don’t usually wear oversized garments, so I’m having a hard time deciding if I’m just not used to it, or if it is actually too big. I think my bold lining fabric is also a bit much.
All of this to say, this project didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned, and that’s ok. I still enjoyed the process of making it, and will wear it. I already have plans for another, with a few more adjustments. I plan to take some width out of the back, and front panels, and will probably shorten the body another 1-2”. I will also use a lighter weight fabric, I think the Brussels Washer linen would be perfect for a spring jacket!
So, even though I haven’t quite made up my mind about how I truly feel about this jacket, I don’t regret making it. Do you end up with projects you don’t love often? What do you do to redeem them in your eyes?