One of the strategies I use to maintain my current level of activity is have my dad take me for a drive in the afternoon. It gets me out of the house at a time I’d really rather be sleeping, and ensures I stay accustomed to the (horrible!) motion of the car. The sun has been so hot this summer that I can feel it burning me through the windscreen (sunscreen or no), and I’ve been covering up with a multitude of scarves.
This jacket was sewn to replace those scarves, and keep my arms protected from the scorching sun on my drives. The pattern is Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1873, which you have already seen on this blog in the form of my Marimekko-inspired dress. This is jacket variation D, a short-sleeved, oversized jacket with a drop shoulder.
I first cut my regular size 16 to 18 at the waist, with a lengthened sleeve, but had to cut it back down to a size 14 as it was just so huge. This is obviously meant to be an oversized style, but I felt engrossed in swathes of fabric which didn’t hang neatly on my body, rather than actually wearing a garment.
The size 14 is a little better, but still unnecessarily large. The armholes in particular reach nearly all the way down to the waist, yet the sleeves are separate to the bodice – it seems like the designer was aiming for a half kimono/half dropped sleeve jacket, and picked the worst of both worlds.
My intention was for a 30’s, Evil Under the Sun-inspired sun jacket, but unfortunately, I’ve come up with more an 80s puffer jacket. The Peter Ustinov, 1982 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel was half 30s gorgeousness, half anachronistic 80s atrocity, so perhaps my intention came back to bite me.
This garment is a thumbs down for me – it’s too loose and unwieldily to be comfortable, even when just sitting in the car. Next time I’ll try a different pattern so I don’t look like an extra from The Breakfast Club.
Pattern: Simplicity 1873, view D jacket
Pattern details: paper pattern. Fit and flare dress with pleated skirt, sleeve and neckline options, and separate jacket. Sizes 6-22.
Fabric: Single cotton sheet in blue with white polka dots, from op shop
Other materials: Sheerweft interfacing. Strips lightweight interfacing to stabilise underarm when clipped.
– 12mm forward head adjustment, same to sleeve
– Lengthened sleeve to wrist, used interfaced sleeve hem instead of facing