Now Spokes-kitten Flannery and I are beyond excited to welcome the stylings of a very talented lady today!If you have a yen to know how to save any RTW garment, how to make a perfectly fitted silk purse from a sows ear, if I was to ask whose abilities had saved more weddings than Michael Bolton- we would immediately all shout in unison- Mrs Mole! Naturally. Now, as with all superheroes in their off-time, Mrs Mole requests a bit of anonymity- lest her trips about town end with a paprazzi swarm! No one likes that at the car wash! I mean really!
I love this jacket/blouse so much. The mixed prints are so spot on. These prints all work so well together, balancing the green brown tones in the leafy print. For me, the secret of combining prints succesfully is varying the sizes of each. This works so well- I would so snatch this off of her, but that would be very rude to a guest, doncha know. So I will just quietly covet it. Along with the slippers. Of course.
A little pattern review info for you from the lady herself: Obviously I had scraps of fabric, nothing big enough to make a full shirt. I had the original IJ pattern which was changed later. There were no darts and crappy short facings like a lot of IJ patterns so darts were added in front (FBA) and in back neck (rounded back) and the sleeves lengthened and belled out. The button holes were skipped and replaced with loops and inside front facings extended to reach to the hem. This is what a “jacket” looks like on a normal person…more like a blouse and in the end it grabbed under the armholes so I added a gusset so I could reach forward…
photo credits: the private collection of Mrs Mole, meadhawg, google images