So here's where it stands now:
(back view showing pleat)
The outer shell is completed...the lining has been cut out and I've started sewing it together. The jacket still needs the collar to be made and the lining inserted...
However, this is the first time in a long time that I've made a garment straight out of the envelope. I didn't need to make any adjustments to the size 24 that I started with...probably because the pattern is a custom fit pattern allowing you to pick your cup size for the front pieces. I started with the D cup front pattern pieces for anyone who wants to know.
Since the back has the pleated detail and offers a looser fit, there were no worries that the jacket would be too tight through the body. And normally I need to make an adjustment to the sleeves because of my bodacious biceps but that wasn't a concern with this jacket either.
The pattern goes together easily, the back pleat makes up quickly and without any issues. The raglan sleeves are a nice detail that is formed from a separate pattern piece for the front and the back.
I know that I'm known for the changes that I make to patterns to make them work for me, but I only made two changes in this construction. The first was to add black silk organza to the center front pieces instead of using fusible interfacing on the boucle fabric.
(black silk organza basted to center front pieces)
The second change was that I didn't cut out 4 center front pieces from the fashion fabric as the pattern instructs. I thought it would make the jacket center front too bulky using a double front from the boucle fabric. Instead I cut my second set of front pieces out of lining fabric. I will share pics of this once I've sewn the lining together and inserted it into the jacket.
This is just an update...I wanted to share with you how wonderful it is to work with both the pattern and the fabric. I believe this is going to be a great addition to the two dresses that I've already completed for the SWAP.
One more shot of the unfinished jacket over the plaid sheath dress...hanging from my closet door:
Oh and the fabric is the navy/creme poly blend boucle from the Vera Wang Lavendar Collection from Fabric.com.
...as always more later...