McCalls 6172. And I have to say that I am in LOVE with this pattern. The instructions are so detailed, with so many tips, that it's like taking a class!
This is a Palmer Pletsch pattern, and the best thing about these patterns is that they include all of the lines that you will need for doing most common adjustments. I did a 1 inch full bust adjustment, 1 inch sleeve width adjustment, 1 inch length adjustment and a 3/8" high round back adjustment. I have to say, that it is absolutely the best fit that I've ever gotten in a jacket!
Even though this is a real basic wardrobe piece, I think that it could definitely look "old" on me, so I will try to style it with something fun, so that it doesn't end up looking too business like. What do you think of it with the leopard dress and the boots?
After reading up on sewing with camel hair, I never pressed the iron directly to the fabric. This is because the seam edges can show up on the outside if you press it directly. I just held the iron above and gave it a lot of steam, then went back with my fingers and finger pressed it. It would have been better to have a tailor's clapper, and I am putting that on my Christmas wish list. But the finger pressing worked great.
Jackets for Real People.
I will be getting a copy of that book before I make this again. But I really didn't mind the hand sewing so much. When I realize that this is one that I will use for a long time, then I don't mind putting a little more effort into it.
Now that I've got the fitting down, I think that I will make this again, in a fun bright color like plum or raspberry like they have on the cover. I don't usually invest in multiples of patterns, but this one is definitely one that I want to have a back-up copy.