I know there are many women who are fans of pants...and I believe they have their purpose in my wardrobe, but they are not my most favorite article of clothing to wear. So now that I'm deep into the coldest part of the year there is just no escaping the fact that I wear pants more than skirts or dresses. Of course to me, this is the area of my wardrobe with the biggest holes because I need quite a few jackets to balance out the pants and have a "proper" suit type look.
However, I HATE notched collar jackets...am quite uncomfortable in them...and just don't wear them. It has taken me a minute to acquire enough patterns and inspiration looks to come up with some different jacket types...so now I'm feening for new jackets.
Butterick 5446 is one of the new spring pattern offerings from Butterick. The description on the back of the pattern envelope is:
"Misses' Jacket: Loose-fitting, unlined jackets, slightly below waist length have collar, double breasted front button closures and stitched hems. View A has short sleeves with button and button loop closures. View B has elbow length sleeves."
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I like this pattern because it reminds me of the yellow version of the Michael Kors suit that Michelle Obama has worn:
You know just to continue my ongoing fascination with her wardrobe! *LOL*
As usual I'm using the bones of the pattern with some slight alterations. After reading through the instruction sheet, I realize that the only closures on this jacket are at the top neckline and I'm wondering if wearing it through the day will cause it to flap open unattractively. So I'm going to add a side tie at the waistline to help with keeping it closed. If that doesn't work I will try some snaps but the tie will be my first choice.
My second change will be to the sleeves. Okay, those large bell shaped sleeves are quite trendy...just a little too trendy for me. I will shave a little of the width off below the elbow and add elastic to a casing at the sleeve hem. Still trendy but a little more office appropriate, to me.
My fabric is in the dryer...its some of that blue/black polyester brocade from the Vera Lavendar collection from fabric.com. It was one of the few $1.95 per yard purchases I made...I mean I've bought so much of it during the previous sales that there was very little left that I wanted when the last few pieces were reduced to $1.95 a yard.
I don't have many pattern alterations to make and I'm also planning on making a pair of black lined pants to go with the jacket. The black pants will be one of the bottoms in my SWAP collection so even though I am making something new...I am pairing it with something from the SWAP and killing two birds with one stone!
Well I'm off to sew and I'm sure that I will have more to share later!