Every spring it goes on my "to sew" list usually with a piece of fabric from the collection attached to it. Every fall both the pattern and the fabric get placed back into their respective piles to await another opportunity to be used.
After making the sewcation pieces, I kept feeling like they needed a jacket to finish off the wardrobe. Something black...something short and flirty...just an easy little topper that would work with all of the pieces. I thought I had 1.5 yards of the black double knit left and that I would be able to get the jacket out of it...but my first choice Vogue 1100 just wouldn't play along with me.
So I went hunting through the pattern stacks and my hand fell upon this pattern. It had some of the elements that I was looking for and it seemed like it would be quick and easy. It also fit on the scraps of fabric I had left to use! If I had procrastinated a little less Monday evening I would have finished it up, that's how quickly and easily it went together. This is where it stands right now:
Don't you hate black because you can't see any details!
I like this pattern for a couple of reasons ~ the little peter pan collar, the raglan sleeves and even the faux welt pockets could be amazing if done right. True it doesn't have a lining but I could put one in anyway.
But what really won me over is that as I started sewing the jacket, idea upon idea started to come to me about things I could do with this jacket...lengthen it, add a lining, add a pleat in the back, pipe the collar and faux pockets, bind the entire thing... It also didn't hurt that the pattern fit right out of the envelope. No sleeve bicep adjustments, no enlarging it to cover my tummy...it just worked.
So I will be finishing this one up over the weekend and probably starting another one using one of those aforementioned ideas! I love a pattern that speaks loudly and lovingly to me when I start using it!