An Exercise in Restraint
I practically skipped home Friday evening, excited for the weekend and a chance to work on Tiramisu, a Cake Patterns design, which I had just downloaded. Indeed, after taking care of dinner, I promptly set about taping the pattern together and reading the instructions. I even washed the fabric I planned to use. At that point, I made the mistake of looking at my dress form, which was sporting the bits and pieces of my unfinished jacket. Guilt overcame me.
I put away the seductive new pattern and fabric and buckled down to work on this long unfinished project. At some time in the past, I was just as exited to work on this jacket as I am to start on Tiramisu. Something happened to change that. I have my doubts about whether or not it will be a flattering style on me. Since I started it a couple of years ago, I have some serious doubts about whether or not it will fit. I lost some pieces, such as the facing and cuffs and had to tear apart my workroom to find them…and on and on my excuses can go.
The pattern is no. 113 from the 04/2009 Burdastyle magazine.
You can see it’s both boxy and cropped, which sometimes works on my figure and sometimes looks…dowdy. What’s more, I used a conservative fabric instead of something fun like in the sample:
That’s another thing that makes me less-than-excited about this.
Now, I just want to finish it so I can say I did (like planting a flag on Mount Everest) and so I can gain a little more experience in lining jackets. If it turns into something I like to wear, that will be icing on the cake.
I made some significant progress this weekend. I finished assembling the lining, I stitched the ribbon around the collar and attached the cuffs and patch pockets. This involved a signficant amount of hand-sewing. I love hand sewing. It’s a soothing exercise. So, even though I don’t have high hopes about the outcome of this project, I did enjoy working on it!