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Monday, November 15, 2010

Vogue 8522 Cropped Jacket- A Near Wadder

I wanted to make a unstructured jacket out of this gorgeous boucle to go with my Plum Tencel dress.  The problem I've had with boucle in the past though is that it that the more seams the garment has, the more likely the boucle will unravel, so I wanted a pattern that had a minimum of seams.  I found Vogue 8522 in my pattern stash, that I thought looked like it could fit the bill.  I decided to make View B which is cropped with a shawl collar.

The jacket was super easy to make.  The button in the front is just for show.  It really closes with a snap.  It is lined edge to edge, so you there is no fussing with hemming both the lining and the outer layers.

It's really comfy, but alas, it doesn't do ANYTHING for my figure type.  I think you need a waspy waist to show off this short jacket.  It just looks kind of big and baggy and makes my shoulders just slope.    But lesson learned. 

If I had ONLY made View C- the longer one with the pointed collar, I think I would have liked it a ton better. 

You can see in the full length view that the proportions just are off on me.  I'm not sure why, but I've tried it with a top and pants combination too, and it wasn't any better. 

So, I'm calling it a near-wadder.  (A wadder is a failed sewing project that ends up in the trash can).  I will keep it to wear around the house when I'm chilly, because I really do love the boucle.

I've had plenty of wadders- mostly due to wrong fabric choice for the pattern or wrong pattern choice for my body, but I still like to try new things and take the risk, because you just never know!


  1. Oh, I disagree with your assessment, as I think it's cute and works great with the dress. BUT I'm only looking at the cropped photo with your arms held up so perhaps what I'm seeing is not what you see. I really like it - enough that I may try this pattern - but you're the one that has to wear it.

  2. Geez, a wadder? The jacket looks very nice from what I see. Only you know what works for you.

  3. I love it, and would gladly take it off your hands = )

  4. Thanks for the kinder assessment than I gave myself! A Patternreview member suggested that it's not the jacket as much as it is the dress, and that if I pair it with something sleeker, then it would work. So, I think I'll give that a try. I'm also wondering if maybe it is just too large, and if I took an inch off each side underneath the arms if that would help too.

  5. I would narrow it under the arms, put in a very small shoulder pad and wear it with something sleek. It is beautiful and just about there.


  6. I think it is perfect, but I would wear it open.
    Everything you make is perfect. You look great in this ensemble.


  7. I think the jacket is quite lovely. I agree, however, that it would look better over a sleek dress. Also, I think that the color of the dress should be softer--more of a match with the jacket, so there is less contrast between jacket & dress. The collar is particularly nice on you--framing your face with flattering, soft colors. Not a wadder!

  8. I agree, it's great! I'd wear this over a sleek long sleeved turtleneck or longer slim tunic and jeans, and let that nipped-in waist showcase your narrowest spot!

  9. Have you tried it over skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. and a turtleneck or long-sleeved tee? I think it might be lovely if you wore it over something plain and very close to the body, so that the jacket would be the only soft, loose part.

  10. Oh, and I meant to add that it would look fabulous over something totally off-white.


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