With a Little Help from my Friends…

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We did it! I’m counting this very much as a team effort: team blogland! Well done everyone! πŸ™‚ Not for the first time I was amazed by the support and advice from all of you out there in helping me to adjust this RTW jacket (see this post if you’re struggling to make sense of any of this) that was languishing in my wardrobe unloved because it was far too ‘boxy’ for my shape.


Above left is the before photo and above right is the after photo. As you can see a few adjustments made all the difference. After rereading all your suggestions kind readers, I researched fish-eye darts, unpicked the lining by quite a bit (probably more than I actually needed to) so that I could clearly see what I was doing and unpicked the side seams from under the arms downwards. I then trialled several placements of said darts on both front pieces on Betty. I was unsure why I needed to do the back as well, but the necessity of this soon became clear as I ended up with totally misaligned lengths for matching front and back back together.

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I’m pleased with the darts that blended in, due to the busy print. The darts exposed on the plainer, light blue background are a little more distracting, but they work. And I’m presuming no one will notice them in the slightest in the ‘real’ world once I’m wearing it. After sewing the darts in, I took in each side seam by a half inch or so (lots of trying on in between all of these stages btw) and pressed carefully. This was the first time I’d had chance to use my new sewing ham, which made pressing the darts far easier to navigate. I then turned the whole jacket inside out to resew the lining side seams back together, which was a little fiddly but looked fine once I’d turned the whole thing back the right way round, phew! Lastly, I hand stitched the lining back to the bottom of the ‘waist’. My relationship with handsewing is much improved thanks to the joy that is sewing wax! If you don’t have any yet, it makes the world of difference and the air a lot less blue! I’m not sure you could even tell I’d been there rummaging around in the innards so I must be getting better!


I’ll leave you with another before and after couple of photos. Dear Lord that selfie-stick one really is bad! πŸ˜‰ I’m so pleased with this thank you everyone πŸ™‚ I’m planning on wearing it for the first, teaching day back at school. Any other teachers find it more pleasant heading back to school with a new jacket or a nice bit of pristine stationery or two? And as a reward for persevering with this and finishing off my daughter’s dress, I’m all set to start a shiny, new sewing project from scratch, by far my favourite Β projects of all…

Again many thanks to everyone who added suggestions, or just wished me luck and encouragement. All very much appreciated πŸ™‚

Teresa x

37 thoughts on “With a Little Help from my Friends…

    • Thanks Ali! Opening it up was fine, but yep, that first stitch was a scary one… Had to convince myself there was nothing ventured, nothing gained as it had sat in my wardrobe unworn for far too long! Phew was my main thought after I tried the final version back on πŸ˜‰

    • I must admit, I really haven’t in the past. But I’ve been so good lately, that I had to justify buying it. I guess my skills have improved too, a year ago this would have been far too daunting to even consider πŸ™‚

  1. This is gorgeous! It was pretty before, but certainly too big and boxy. Good for you, forging ahead like and coming up a winner! What a great feeling to take to the first day of school. πŸ™‚

  2. What an improvement! Always nice to start a new term with some new wardrobe additions! Good luck with the shiny new project – they’re my favourite type of project too!

    • Very kind, thank you! I was really frustrated that I’d bought something that just wasn’t getting worn, so it was worth having a go. Impressed myself that it turned out so wearable πŸ™‚

  3. Well done, it looks so much better on you now! I have a jacket that is a little big but I may have a go at taking it in now…

    • Was I got over my trepidation it really wasn’t too bad. Guessing if it’s just a little too big you might be able to just take in the side seams… It was the boxy shape that necessitated the darts I think. Good luck!

      • I’m thinking side seams and a few inches of the sleeve length (gulp!) I hope it turns out as lovely as yours!

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