Finished plaid jacket! At last! McCall's 5525. It will probably be awhile before I attempt another plaid. This was difficult to match. I used a woven plaid flannel with fusible batting as an interlining. I lined it with a bubblegum pink bemberg lining. The pockets are in the princess seam and are really much too small. I think a cell phone and keys would fall out pretty easily. The collar is very wide, and that's even after I narrowed it quite a bit. I narrowed the lapels as well as this jacket is for my tween daughter and apparently wide lapels and collars are not all that! It does look cute on her but I had a few screw ups on this one. First as you can plainly see the sleeves do not line up perfectly - close enough, but not perfect. I'm ok with that. But then I cut the left side of the lining at the little kick pleat in the back when I shouldn't have, which left me with a little problem of not enough fabric to cover the area. I fixed it by muttering a few cuss words and then applique-ing a little patch to cover it. I'm glad it's finally finished and even though I don't think she will wear it very much, it does look cute on her. It was difficult to find a simple trench style jacket that would fit a 12 year old girl. I cut the smallest size (size 8) and just had to take it in slightly, lengthen the arms and shorten the length of the jacket. I left off all the tabs and belt because I just thought it was a little too much with the plaid and because I was just plain tired of working on this and ready for it to be done.
I have a commercial embroidery business as well as work at an independent fine fabric store selling fabric and teaching people how to sew. I get SEW much inspiration reading other people's blogs, that I thought I would share some of my experiences as well. My goal is to perfect my sewing skills and make some fabulous garments along the way. Please share your ideas, advice and inspirations with me!