After my success in menswear, I decided it was time to make something for myself. We just booked tickets to Spain in December (woohoo!), and I imagined myself running around the cobblestone streets in a beautiful wool jacket.
I had been saving this Pendleton-type wool that I got on sale of Stone Mountain for just such an occasion. It was soft, had muted colors and what I thought was a beautiful and unique design. I assembled my inspiration, and drafted the pattern using a combination of BurdaStyle's Flap Jacket (for the collar) and New Look 6006 (for shape).
|via Lagarconne, Kelly Christine, Pinterest|
But halfway done, it just looks awful. The print is bad, the placement seems all wrong, and it's looking a lot more 90s-tastic than chic.
Add the sleeves on and it gets even worse:
Looking back over my inspiration photos, I think the main problem is that the print is too big. Whereas my inspiration makes use of stripes or smaller patterns, mine is just overwhelming, and the small details are lost.
Because of this issue, I don't think there's really much I could have done better. I'm pretty sure it would have looked bad on just about any jacket, and placed in just about any way.
So what to do with this half-finished monstrosity? A jacket is out, and it didn't look so good as a pencil skirt, either. I may try to salvage a few parts for a no-knit beanie. Maybe my brother would like one, too?
Anyway, I think I'll let this one sit as I get a bit more of some other projects done, and maybe hunt around for some more inspiration. What a bummer!