I think I'm going to stay away from felted wool jersey because I don't think it likes me anymore. I've made several successful garments from it but lately the last few things I've made just haven't worked.
I'm saying all this to say that my lavender 'n gray skies jacket looks like cr*p! How did this come to be? Well I ran short of fabric even though I purchased 4 yards. I thought I bought more than enough to felt but obviously it shrank more than I thought both width and lengthwise. And then in a fit of inspired stupidity, I added the sweater knit to the jacket as sleeves thinking I would emulate this Valentino jacket.
Since this is the basis for my wardrobe, I started to get a little hysterical at the thought that I wouldn't have the main piece of the collection. And that's when from the back of my brain I pulled the remembrance of the Valentino mixed fabrication jackets. Now in Valentino's collection the sweater knit used for the sleeves matches the jacket fabric exactly...but since I don't have the Valentino designers fabric budget or influence, I used the heather violet sweater fabric that I'd bought for the cardigan.
At first I was concerned because it is darker than the base fabric but then I thought that it would be funky and fun so I went ahead and cut out the sleeves and sewed them onto the jacket. Well ain't funky and it ain't fun! It just looks crappy!
So I have to come up with a new solution. And since I had to go into work today for a couple of hours, I've only gotten as far as picking this all apart so that I have the base of the jacket and nuthin else. Anyway, I think I have a solution. I'll work on it tomorrow and hopefully this will solve the problem. If not I really don't know what I'm going to do...*sigh*...because Fabric Mart has no more of the lavender wool jersey.
...as always, more later