Saturday, September 26, 2009
"Urban Warrior" Jacket
Black is a magic color ( yes, it's really a non-color, if you want to be technical). Color or non color, black is serious, it can be seductive, it's dangerous, and as the color of this jacket, with a pair of kickin' boots, it says, "Don't mess with me." Perfect for day wear on the mean streets of Philadelphia.
This jacket is just another example of why I love Christine Jonson so much. This is going to be comfortable, for sure. It's timeless in style. And it shows I'm a woman while leaving plenty to the imagination.
I'm going to be wearing this jacket to work with a just-above the knee skirt, dark hose, and high boots. I'm going to wear it over pants for a more casual travel look.
This pattern is very easy to execute, and the directions are excellent. I did a few things differently, however.
First, because my fabric is rayon and lycra blend, it's pretty heavy. There is a lot of fabric draping off the neckline, so to prevent stretching, I stabilized the neckline by fusing a 1 inch strip of knit tricot interfacing at the entire neckline, and I carried it throughout the hem edge for a consistent look. I did not stabilize the sleeve hems, as I felt it was not necessary. I raised the neckline about 3/4 inch, because I want to wear this with only a necklace at the neckline. The only other thing I did was serge some narrow clear elastic into the shoulder seams. I love the ease of the mitered corners! Christine's directions make this easy. Here is a close up of the tie-end......and here is a close up of the right front hem at the corner.