Don't get me wrong - it was fun to make - but it had a higher level of difficulty in techniques and took me the longest of all of my projects this year (actual time spent working on it, that is). Part of that may have been from the increase in my skills and knowing that I really needed to finish everything off properly. Not only that, but I took a considerable amount of time reading and rereading the directions to make sure I assembled the pattern properly.
The best part of this jacket? Everything I used I had on hand. I had already purchased the fabric back in October or November. Stashbusting feels soooo good! I had the pattern, thread, notions (buttons galore) and lots of bias tape. I used readymade bias tape instead of the lining tape that they suggested. I barely like making my own bias tape as it is, unless it's from a nice cotton, but to make it from a lining satin sounded like torture. So I used black bias tape for the main details but red for the hemming because I like the sneak peek that you get of it every once in a while.
Pattern: McCalls 6446
Notions: 11 buttons (the pattern called for 7 and my hood variation used 4 more), lots of bias tape
|The pattern with the hood or no hood option. Notice the large neckline on the latter.|
There's one feature that I'm not crazy about with this jacket but you only really see it with the hood off. The neckline is extremely wide - almost boatneck like. It's fine for looks but not really practical for chilly days. Once the hood is attached, it's okay, but I have a feeling that the hood is just going to stay on in the winter.
Also, the jacket is not lined. Luckily our weather is pretty mild but I could see this being more of a spring jacket in colder climates. Though you could probably just as easy line it. Well, maybe not just as easy... there were a ton of pattern pieces for this puppy!
My favorite parts? I love the finishing of the armholes and the angle of the pockets. Assembling both was no fun until I really comprehended the directions, but I just kept reading it and practicing what it was asking until I made sure that I had it right.
Overall, the jacket took about four full days to make. This means 4-6 hours of cutting, sewing, etc, each day. I maybe spent less time on day 3 (I was frustrated at the directions by that point), but it was a very satisfying project.
The hubby never knows what to say with some of my items. He swears he likes it, but when he first saw it he said
Hubby: 'ooooh, that's very you. No one else will have that.'
Me: 'Umm, what does that mean?'
Hubby: 'Well, it looks very European.'
Me: 'How so?'
Hubby, awkwardly trying to back out of this situation: 'Umm I don't know, but it's very nice! I like it!'
Fine, I won't make him squirm. Day 2, he seemed to like it even more (the compliments seemed less strained... maybe he worked on them in his sleep?). Anyways, keep in mind this is the guy who always tells me 'that's a cute dress!' when I'm wearing a skirt.
I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and wishing you a safe and happy New Year!