At last! The jacket I started back in November is finished. This is definitely the best jacket I have made so far, not least because it is the first jacket I made entirely from a commercial pattern (well, except for the pockets) instead of trying to make it up for myself. But the construction is also much better.
Having grown up in the 80′s I have a mortal fear and loathing of shoulder pads. I remember ripping the puffy ones out of sweaters every time we got back from the store. But I’ve finally come around to the idea that a jacket needs shoulder shaping, if not necessarily shoulder padding. This time I made myself some extra-thin shoulder supports out of two pieces of heavy-weight canvas.
I thought about adding a sleeve head but decided the seam allowances were bulky enough. I think the result is a nice shoulder line without the dreaded line-backer look. (Rebecca, what do you think?)
The fabric was a stash rescue. I ordered this wool knit ages ago for a dress. When it turned out to be too heavy and stiff for that purpose I consigned it to the giveaway pile. Then when I started this jacket I kept scouring the internet for a heavy-weight black or gray fabric with some interesting texture…and there it was right in my stash! The weight turns outs to be perfect for a jacket and the wool is nice and warm.