Whew! In under the wire! My last sewing project of 2009 is this cozy jacket from the December burda style (or BWOF or whatever!)
It's drafted for a knit fabric, but it has tons of ease, so I made it in a woven fabric without any alterations, and the fit is fine. This is one of those Walmart mystery fabrics, but it's so pretty that I couldn't resist it. The right side has a lovely brown and green variegated sheen and the wrong side is fuzzy like a flannel backed satin. Perfect for a snuggly jacket. It was allergic to the iron though, so I suspect that it's origins are not in nature.
Here is the side view. The front view looks a bit bulky - I think because of the multiple layers of collar, undercollar and facing along center front, but the side view is more flattering.
Here is the back. There isn't any shaping at all, so all the pleats are just the tie belt pulling the excess fabric in at the waist. Without the belt, it is utterly shapeless.
Here is the inside. Since the jacket is unlined (and my fabric ravelled like crazy!) I did the straight seams as french seams and bound the armholes. The seam between collar and jacket body is encased in the collar/facing piece. I haven't felt much like sitting at the sewing machine for the last few days, so I did a lot of hand sewing as well. The instructions call for a hand sewed hem, but for the collar facing to be attached by stitching in the ditch and for machine sewn sleeve hems, but I did all of that by hand. It was quite peaceful, actually.
After all that, I'm not quite decided about how I feel about this jacket. Will I ever wear it out of the house? It is very comfortable. I guess only time will tell...