I don’t sew a lot of clothing for myself. I just find it too frustrating to put in the kind of time and funding that it takes to make something to wear, only to have it turn out badly. Sometimes I get good results, but the stakes are just too high to take the gamble. But every once in a while I throw caution to the wind and give it a go.
I bought this pattern and fabric at least 6 months ago. I cut it out shortly after I brought it home. That was my first mistake. Someday, I’m hoping I’ll learn it’s better to wait until I’m ready to sew something up before I cut into the fabric. It’s much less confusing.
The pattern I used was Butterick B5424. My second mistake was assuming that Butterick and I have the same definition of “Fast and Easy.” If you’re considering this one, just be aware it isn’t really for beginners, thanks to one “what-were-they-thinking?” step.
This is the instructions. Looks like you’re fitting together two squared pieces, right?
Uh, no. You’re squeezing this round neck…
into this square hole…
It took me a seriously long time and a truckload of pins to get these two pieces together. I finally just gave up and hoped for the best.
After I sewed it together and it actually looked right and there were no puckers, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I sewed in the sleeves, then moved on to the lining. I didn’t even consider that it had to be put together the same way. This almost made me cry…
But I got through it. The rest of the jacket went together pretty well, although I’m still questioning their “very easy” stamp of approval. The only other big issue I faced was no fault of Butterick’s. Since both fabrics I was working with were synthetic and we’re still in the grip of winter here, I had to deal with crazy static electricity. My ironing board actually shocked me. The strings from the edge of the fabric looked like something alien, the way they were following my fingers around.
The good news is, I actually like the jacket a lot. I wish I would have remembered to make it a little longer, but overall it fits well.
Once it’s warm enough around here that I can wear it without a wool coat over the top, I will. In public even.
Tune in tomorrow and I’ll show you the matching scarf I made using the leftovers!