"He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating." Ayn Rand
Vogue pattern 9096 is like that for me.
I like the faced rounded shapes on the jacket. But their placement on only one side seems a bit heavy (especially on the longer jacket) and the square bottom corner of the LHS is jarring to me. I like asymmetric designs, but they have to flow in some way. Is it just me or does anyone else find this design unbalanced?
There was no sample jacket of View A on the Vogue website. Just the pattern drawing. I couldn't stand it, and on an impulse, I decided to make the short jacket. In red just like the pattern envelope picture. The fabrics were red poly/rayon linen look and mystery fiber lining material from my stash, both circa 1980. The pattern has two piece raglan like sleeves and the front of the jacket extends into a standing back collar. The pattern come in sizes Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge) Equivalent to Size 4 to Size 26.
I made a size M (size 12-14) The pattern is rated easy and in general, based on pattern pieces and sewing skills needed, it is. However it is lined to the edge. The lining is assembled separately, as though it were a second garment, placed inside the garment, wrong side to wrong side, and attached along the edges, it provides the garment with a perfectly smooth inside finish. With this method the lining is not cut larger that the fashion garment to provide length and width fitting ease ( generally at center back, armhole, hem edge, elbow, sleeve hem, shoulder) like a tailored suit lining is.
So inaccurate sewing, seams slightly bigger in the lining construction for example, are a recipe for disaster. I consider myself an experienced sewer and these types of lining are not easy for me. To up the chances of success, I interfaced the edges of the front pieces and the collar as these are all cut on the bias. I also added a center back pleat to the lining and cut the lining about 1/8 inch bigger that the garment pieces.
|Top Stitching with edge stitch pressure foot|
The curved side overlaps the straight front side. But the front did not hang neatly, overlapping as shown in the pattern drawing.The pattern does not call for a closure. When I tried to add snaps to keep the pieces overlapped, the fabric puckered and pulled. I believe, in part, because one side is heavier than the other.
|lining and snaps|
|puckers , yuck|
So for the time being I will wear the jacket it open. I am tempted to add a curved shape to the LHS. It would satisfy my need for a repeated design element. And I cut two of that piece, not paying attention to the "cut 1" on the pattern piece. I do think the technique for applying the shapes on the longer coat is interesting and could be used on another project. It also reminds me of the all the Lois Ericson patterns I have in my stash. She used faced shapes on her art to wear garments.