|Simplicity 2442 - View F|
The pattern I had started at size 14, and I wasn't sure if Rita would be smaller than that. She's tall, so like me, she's bigger than she looks. She measured up an inch smaller than the 14, but she says she has broad shoulders, so I was comfortable using the 14. It fit perfectly at the shoulders, with enough ease that she can pull her arms forward and not be constricted. I took in the side seams and center back seam 1" each at the waist.
The dart/collar construction was very easy. I love it when cool designs come together so simply.
The lining is only meant for the bodice, not the sleeves, but since the satin was so thin, I decided to beef it up and line the sleeves as well. I didn't use the sleeve facings, as I only had one day to make this jacket (including a lining fitting at noon), so I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to finish the sleeves properly. I just turned them under an inch and topstitched.
I was quite impressed with this jacket! Being short-waisted, I would never even consider wearing a bolero jacket. I decided to have some fun and try it on. As an 18, it was obviously too small for me, but I squeezed it on anyways. ("fat guy in a little coat", tee hee!) I loved it! I even like the gathered sleeves! I think it would look really cute in black satin to wear with dresses, or even with jeans and boots. And, I confirmed that I would definitely need to make it a size 18, because going up only one size definitely wouldn't cut it. I love when I get to try on styles I normally wouldn't think of. That's one of the perks of sewing for others.