I put my jacket over the project jacket and cut off the sleeves and bottom to start.
I ended up with one continuous sleeve tube. While this makes a very attractive straight jacket, it's not exactly what I had in mind. I remembered that there was an article in my sewing magazine about sewing linings into coats so I got it out and it was like reading Hebrew. They even had pictures and I swear it took me like five tries to finally figure it out. Here, I'll let you relive the pain with me!
The seams down the front came out better than I thought. The sleeves fold up to show the red lining.
And here is it from the back. I had to put two seams down the back to take in all the material. I think I might iron out the pleats so that the back looks more full.
The view from the side. You can see the ruffles are longer than the rest of the jacket because I wanted it to have a mini-train look. That way people will be like, "Hey, that's a cool jacket. Check out that ruffle in the- woah, have you seen that chick's ass? Damn!" And since this jacket isn't for me, it's even more likely to happen!
Since I had two identical jackets, I decided to make this for somebody else who always goes above and beyond for everyone else. I know, it's kind of a crappy runner-up prize but it's all I gots. Who's it for? I'll give you a hint.
She's tinier than me (which is why there's no pictures of me in the coat- I look like Chris Farley in this thing), she reads my blog AND comments all the time (and not with the mean stuff my family usually leaves), she's a virtual portable party whenever we have a girl's night, bringing home-made pies AND the best sangria I've ever had, and she's super nice to boot. We'd hate her if we didn't love her, come on down Jen! Sorry, it just felt like a Price is Right moment. Jen, this jacket will be heading your way probably in about a month (it turns out I sewed the ruffles on lopsided and I'm a slow fixer) and you can either wear it or just give it to some poor homeless person. Either way, this puppy is all yours! We're just glad you're forced to be part of our family!