So I lied: yesterday was not the last jacket muslin post. Today is. And that's no lie.
Simplicity 8823 dates from 1970. It calls itself a shirt pattern, but to me it's more of a jacket pattern. I mean, it's shown belted and worn over a shirt in Versions 1 and 2. (No pockets or belt on mine just yet but I'm not finished.) And it has way too much ease for a shirt.
On me it looks more like a short raincoat -- it's the color and cut, I think. In an ideal world it would be a bit narrower all around, but it's wearable. In fact, I'm going to keep fiddling with it because I like it, though right now it's a weird length -- too short to be an overcoat, too long to be a safari jacket.
I used a piece of stretch cotton twill I loathed the moment I got it home from the fabric store where it was collecting dust in the $2/yd pile two years ago. But you know something? Now that it's made up, I like it. I made sure not to stretch it while I was stitching but you can see how the stretchiness is a bit of an issue where the yoke meets the back. Since it stretches width-wise only, I should have cut those yokes in the same direction as the back (vertical to the selvage instead of perpendicular). Pressing should help. Live and learn.
Simplicity 8823 (and the zillion early Seventies patterns much like it) shows up on Etsy and eBay all the time and I highly recommend it. The safari jacket is very much back in style, with a variety of different details not to mention fits and colors.
So I have many options for this jacket project you're probably wishing I'd stop talking about. Especially because I won't be able to blog about the final garment until I post it over at Mood. (Them's the rules.) I'll let you know when of course.
In closing, readers, are you partial to safari jackets? I never thought I was, but I may try tweaking my Simplicity muslin into a more legitimate-looking one. That should keep me busy for a few days at least.
Have a great day, everybody!
|Our very own "Mainely Dad" in his beautiful safari jacket.|