I had a hard time capturing all of the details with my crappy camera, but I must say that I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I'm still trying to figure out how to properly alter a pattern to fit my narrow shoulders. Taking a lesson from my past mishaps, I made a few muslins to get the fit right, but I'm still kind of struggling with getting a fit that's small enough in the shoulders but large enough in the bust.
Look at those shoulders. See what I mean? They're about 1.5-2 inches too wide so they just kind of droop. The result is kind of a sloppy, hulking look in my upper body. Not good.
I did, however, pick up a new fitting skill. The sleeves on this thing were really narrow. My arms are not exactly willowy and I especially want some extra ease in outerwear to accomodate whatever layers I may have on underneath.
This is what my sleeve pattern ended up looking like when all was said and done. I'd do a tutorial but I'm sure that someone with a lot more expertise than I have has already done one. "Fit for Real People" was a great source for instructions, except when it came to increasing the armscye. It just said something like, "true the sleeve head to the armscye." Ummm, ok. How much? Do I take it off from part of the armscye or the whole thing? How am I supposed to measure that? Do I need one of those funky curved rulers?
I randomly hacked off a bit from my muslin and hoped that it worked. Fortunately it did.
Finally, I'd like to point out something I didn't realize until halfway through the project: This jacket is reversible! The lining print is kind of busy, but I can see how it may just brighten up a gray, rainy day sometime soon.
Well, off to splash in some puddles!