This is part two of my jogging suit for my Seneca class. (The pant is here.) We had to make a jacket with a hood, so I chose Jalie 2795.
This is a great jacket, with princess panels, a collar and what I call the medieval executioner hood. I used black and heather grey rayon ponte that I found at Queen Textile, here in Toronto, to put it all together.
It is rather a sombre affair, I suppose. What can I say? I gravitate towards neutrals.
This was fairly straightforward, as far as construction goes. There are many pieces involved: 2 fronts, 4 side panels, 1 back, 2 welts and pocket bags, 4 pieces in the sleeves and 4 in the hood. I decided to put all the little pieces together first, constructing the back, sleeves and hood. I was most concerned about the welt pockets, but they came out quite well.
It was the collar that did me in. It was originally black, rather than grey. I first put it on backwards. The diagrams are quite clear, but I was not following them at that moment and I screwed up. I righted it, then inserted the zip. When I went to put the collar facing and hood on, I realized that the collar was now upside down! I tried to make it work, but it didn’t. There was much unpicking (topstitching, serging and seams) and reconstruction. I also had to reinstall the zipper, and then a new one, when I found that I had cut too much off. It is therefore, kind of a mess. The waistband does not line up at the zipper, although the collar does (?). I wish I had had enough fabric to keep the collar black, but it still kind of works. I do love the hood, though.
This is a great pattern, and now that I know where I will fall off the rails (at the collar, not the welts!), I would like to try again, maybe with brighter colours! Or, at least, one colour that is not a neutral…