No, I’m not losing my marbles, but I’ll admit this muslin has a bit of personality.
Despite its Easy rating, this lined Lisette coat is a fairly complex design. Tricky bits – the one-piece shawl collar, side/sleeve gusset, and pocket detail. Kick in a lining, and it’s definitely not a beginner project.
Note the slight narrowing of the silhouette – it’s real (hence the back pleat), and it does encourage the coat to open below the button, as seen on the model. Since I purchased the pattern to make a jacket, the latter doesn’t bother me.
- I sewed the size Small – great fit.
- My jacket is unlined, since I would seldom need the warmth of a lining.
- I shortened the length by 7.5″, to finish at 29.5″ below the base of the neck.
- Of course the back seam is too low for a jacket profile, so I raised it to finish about 3/4″ below the side/sleeve gusset seam. And I decided to gather the back skirt, rather than use a pleat (pleats that go awry make me nuts).
- Once I had the jacket constructed, I played with the collar. Without the ‘balance’ of the longer length, the collar is just too wide. I narrowed one side (the arrow side) so I could compare the two. I’m going with the narrowed version.
I know it’s hard to picture this jacket with all the fabric noise – squinting helps 🙂
And it’s time to think about a suitable fabric. The pattern suggests wool blends, boiled wool, mohair, wool flannel, and tweeds, and I agree a soft but stable fabric would work best.
Thinking of everyone impacted by severe weather this week, I hope you, your friends, and your loved ones are safe.