Vogue 1132 - Jacket
Remember that bolt of muslin I bought a little while back? I've put some of it to good use making a muslin for the jacket from Vogue 1132. Going by the finished garment measurements and my desired amount of ease, I cut a size 10 with a few little alterations. I took out 2" out of the total garment length at the waist, and took out 2" of length in the sleeves. I've put a shoulder pad in one side only, just to test it with a shoulder pad and the sleeves are the length they'd be once hemmed in a real garment.
Hmmm . . . cotton muslin over cotton interlock turtleneck isn't doing this any justice. Really, it does fit better than this.
Anyway, once I got the jacket on, I was pretty pleased with the fit, but realized it would need a few tweaks. I've added back an 1" to the overall length. I want the waist to be just a little lower than my real waist - it gives me the illusion of just a little more torso and I need all the help I can get. The faint blue line on the muslin above is at my real waist.
I also needed to distribute the amount of length taken out of the sleeve a little better. I had too much out of the upper sleeve, putting the elbow dart about 1" above my elbow in the tricep area. Not quite right, so I took less length out between the elbow and sleeve cap and more between the elbow and wrist.
I might make a few other little changes to this, but will wait until I get to the first version to see if it really needs them or not.
Other than that, I like the jacket a lot. This style works for me as a curvy person and of course is similar to some of my beloved 1950's styles. Now I realize that the peplum is a quite voluminous, but I think some careful pressing will get it to be wavy without becoming another appendage. Besides, anything that large is almost guaranteed to make your butt look smaller.
The plan is to make one in a solid red with a coordinating sheath dress (not exactly 100% sold on that style just yet). Once that is done, I'll make a plaid one with the matching skirt from the pattern. I have just enough of a vintage navy wool plaid to make the suit.
Parting Shot: Helping. Nothing says "Saturday" more than helping Dad change the oil in the cars out in the garage.