When last seen, my Merchant & Mills Haremere jacket was unfinished and declared a wadder. And it rested in the bin for a number of days. The problem was, my mind just couldn’t leave it alone. I wanted to finish it. So I did.
I deconstructed the biggest problem area – the shoulders – and redid them. This meant (1) straightening the angle of the shoulder seam, and (2) trimming and fitting the upper armscye to raise the sleeve.
It wasn’t awful, surely not the hardest fix I’ve ever done. And once accomplished, I moved on with the balance of the jacket.
Because the original 4-layer back facing was simply two thick to work well in my neckline seam, I drafted a much more simple facing that went in nicely.
It meets the binding on the jacket lapel at the shoulder, and is topstitched along the bottom edge to keep it from flying up (with red thread in the needle and navy in the bobbin).
Next up were the sleeves, which went in with no issues. I bound the edge of the sleeve hem, rather use a lining or facing – just personal preference. And I finished binding and blind-stitching the back hem in place.
At this point, the jacket was looking pretty cute, and I was glad I’d decided to finish it.
Last thing – I put on the front pockets. In general, I don’t use the pocket placement markings provided with patterns, because I want them to go where they work best for my hands!
And so ends the Haremere marathon. Will I make it again? Well, honestly, having done all this drafting and redrafting work – maybe, but not soon 🙂