I folded the sleeve pattern in the center to take some of the width out. I cut out two sleeves from the remaining piece of fabric. Then I folded the cut sleeves in half and cut them into two pieces. I pressed the knit sleeves that I had removed from the jacket and cut the center out of them, stitching the new smaller centers onto the two each side of the sleeve. Here is how the sleeves looked flat:
With much trepidation, I pinned the sleeves into the jacket. I wish there was a way to add a drumroll here...*LOL*...but it worked. Here are a few "not so great" in progress pictures to show how the sleeve now looks in the jacket...
A bad mirror shot
A hanging shot
A view of the sleeve on my arm
Laying on the cutting table with the buttons
I'm thinking I need to invest in a new camera and move away from the point and shoot, but I digress. Because the jacket will work. It will fit around my body and will play well with the coordinates. But here's the thing...I don't think the jacket is me. Seriously. I know all of this drama and now I'm not sure. I don't know about you but there are two sides to me...my business side and my creative side...and I'm always trying to jive the two sides of me. My creative side loves this jacket...the manipulation of the fabric...adding the knit fabric...making something different and unusual. However, my business side likes a cleaner, linear line, something serious and same...this jacket ain't that!
So I will finish the jacket. And I will make the coordinating pieces because I want them. But right now, I don't honestly know if I will wear the jacket often...then again, I don't wear many jackets often...*sigh* Maybe that's why I'm on the continual quest to find "the perfect" jacket. Something I can make multiple times, have it work in all situations and feel comfortable in. I even wonder if that mythical, perfect jacket exists?
Anyway...this is my journey. This is where I'm at in the making of this jacket and wardrobe. This is my thought process as I work through the construction of these pieces...
...as always, more later!