Overwhelmingly, I was told that the Lavender & Gray Skies Jacket is a success in your eyes! You also supplied some food for thought with the suggestions you left in the comments section. Some of which I am seriously considering because they jive with my own thought patterns and some I'm considering because they have ignited a creative spark.
I am, however, taking the advice to withhold judgement on the jacket until all the other pieces are completed. I can see how I'm a little too close to it and even though I don't make alot of jackets, I still end up with 4 or 5 every year. So Sherrill, you are right that I do prefer cardigans but I still need jackets in my work wardrobe for certain events and meetings.
Someone asked what I do. I work for an investment bank so it's a pretty corporate environment and the only time its casual is on Fridays...and even that depends upon what type of meetings are scheduled for that day. MaryBeth, I'm definitely considering a scarf from the knit and I think I have enough left over that I may even see if I could make a sweater dress. So there are possibilities, which is why I'm keeping my mind open.
Ursula, thanks so much for your kind offer of the wool jersey but the jacket is almost done and the sleeves work for me so I don't need it. But that was very, very kind of you to offer. And to everyone who offered a solution, thank you for caring enough to share your thoughts. Please do not feel that you need to apologize or add a disclaimer when you offer your opinion. I have no problems with you leaving your comment/opinion as long as its done respectfully...and since all of you were so much more wowed by the jacket than I was, I don't think that was an issue!
I have three days off this weekend because Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday is celebrated on Monday. I have no real plans for the weekend...so you know where I'll be...SEWING! I want to work on the basics, the skirt, the lined pair of pants and the dress from the gray tropical wool. If I'm really industrious maybe I can get the white shirt or the cardigan made too. We'll see.
Finally, I love crime dramas on TV. Give me a Law & Order (any of the spinoffs or the original), CSI Miami, The Closer or Criminal Minds marathon and I can happily sew away for hours...especially if I've laid in a supply of Mountain Dew to sip on while I watch and sew! So this year for Christmas, my daughters all gave me Amazon gift cards which I applied to the purchase of this:
It showed up this evening and now I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I want to sit in the sewing cave, slip in disc after disc and watch and sew. Seriously people, I have issues! *LOL*
...as always, more later!