One of the more terrible attempts involved Vogue pattern 8679. I made it to wear to my sister-in-law's wedding, wore it for that one occasion and then never touched it again. That one was poorly fitted, because I sized it for my waist and failed to take it in at the bust. The lapels were a mess, and it was badly rushed towards the end. Rushed to the extent that I was still stitching the hems on the bus to the wedding.
So, it didn't work out. But I still loved the pattern, so I finally decided to have another crack at it. Here's attempt number two:
|I like this jacket because it's business in the front...|
|...and party at the back|
What I'm really proud of, though, and what doesn't really show in the pictures, are the pockets. The actual pattern comes with pocket flaps, but no pockets, and that really irritates me. It's bad enough when regular women's clothing comes with pretend pockets, but deliberately sewing it that way myself would be ridiculous. So it was either leave the flaps off entirely, or go off-piste and make real pockets. I chose the real pocket option.
It's only the second time I've made welt pockets. The first was when helping out a friend with a jacket for some Eli Monpress cosplay. That took the pressure off a little, partly because she'd reached the point of, "Just do it, I don't care if it gets ruined" (long story) and partly because, much as it's good for cosplay to look good, it only had to last for a single convention. This jacket is intended for long-term use, so I wanted it to be right.
It was hair-raising, and it almost went wrong once or twice, but I managed to make actual, working pockets. The marking for positioning the fake flaps made positioning the pocket welts easy. I also elected to ignore the suggestion to make both sides of the flaps from the outer fabric, and actually made the undersides from the lining fabric. It took a little bit of bulk out, and also gives a cheeky flash of purple when the flaps are raised.
So, yes, fully working jacket. It's been test-driven in the office and garnered no comments whatsoever, which is a great result. Nobody said, "What on earth are you wearing?" That's a win.
Now on to the next jacket!