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Mother of the Groom

Greybird

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #60 on: April 13, 2019, 13:35:00 PM »
And just think how proud of you he will be!!

Lowena

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #61 on: April 13, 2019, 14:18:33 PM »
I'd always go for dark, plain colours and an understated 2 piece suit  style ( no hat, gloves or bag ) .... but......if you dare - go for it and blossom in the sunshine :)
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Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #62 on: April 13, 2019, 14:36:01 PM »
I've ordered the expensive textured one - but saved a few bob by also ordering the much cheaper shot lilac to use as the very big facings  0_0

Trouble now is, I've run up a very quick toile of the top half of the jacket and the fit is crap  :(
I just hate shoulder seams that hang right off your shoulders  :(

Dunno where to go from here, probably need to find one of my other patterns that fits better and use that as the shoulders and armholes and sleeve top I suppose.  I hate faffing around with patterns!
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Ploshkin

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #63 on: April 13, 2019, 15:23:00 PM »
What is it with patterns these days, they all seem to be made for American footballers.  I never used to have a problem and I'm sure my shoulders haven't shrunk.
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Elnnina

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #64 on: April 13, 2019, 15:37:08 PM »
I like all three colours, however I think the lilac for the wedding would be best, and then later on you can always make more jackets in the different colourways if you want to widen the choices of wearing the pansy fabric.

Efemera

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #65 on: April 13, 2019, 15:43:38 PM »
What about a Tilton jacket pattern?

justpottering

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #66 on: April 14, 2019, 07:47:35 AM »
I’ve got narrow shoulders so I have to change all top patterns to fit
The easiest method I’ve found is to put a dart shaped alteration to the shoulder seams on the pattern pieces
Worth a try
JP
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Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #67 on: April 14, 2019, 09:12:31 AM »
Having tried on a couple of jackets, I do have one pattern that fits quite nicely on the shoulders, so I will need to make a frankenpattern I think, shoulders/armholes/sleeveheads from that and the rest of the jacket from the new pattern.  I did also want to widen the neck so the dress collar sticks out of the jacket, but not sure how well that will then sit, should be ok I think.

Greybird

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #68 on: April 14, 2019, 09:24:42 AM »
I also have narrow shoulders. I get round this by cutting one size to fit my shoulders and then grading out to a bigger size from the bottom of the armhole. I have to make sure the sleeve head fits before cutting.

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #69 on: April 24, 2019, 16:27:57 PM »
I've done most of the jacket, side seams, shoulders, and sleeves in.  I don't like it!!  I no need to try to decide what to do about it.  The shoulders and sleeves are fine, and there is plenty of material in the body to re-shape it, but I can't decide how.  I think that a loose baggy jacket over a loose baggy frock over a loose baggy body is just too much  :'(

Francesca

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #70 on: April 24, 2019, 20:05:19 PM »
I've done most of the jacket, side seams, shoulders, and sleeves in.  I don't like it!!  I no need to try to decide what to do about it.  The shoulders and sleeves are fine, and there is plenty of material in the body to re-shape it, but I can't decide how.  I think that a loose baggy jacket over a loose baggy frock over a loose baggy body is just too much  :'(

I generally think that fitted, well fitted, is better on larger women than loose. On myself I always find that a little shaping goes a long way. Same with exposing skin, I don't look good covering up high and long sleeves.

Could you add a tie to the side seams to tie at the back, to pull it in a little? Or add a section of shirring in the middle of the back to draw it in.
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Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #71 on: April 24, 2019, 21:33:15 PM »
Yes, I know what you mean about things being fitted, @Francesca, too baggy isn''t flattering.  I tend to go for fitted shoulders and through the bustline, then looser from below the bust.  This works well with the dress, but I guess the jacket just isn't fitted enough anywhere.  I was thinking about taking the side seams in a bit, and possibly some darts in the back.  I can't really make it too fitted as it has no bust darts, and I have of course done the seams on the overlocker, so I don't want to attempt to unpick them!

Tamnymore

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #72 on: April 24, 2019, 21:48:18 PM »
I agree -fitting through the shoulders and bust is the key. Perhaps not the most obvious fashion icon but note the way that Angela Merkel's jackets always fit well at the shoulders then flare out a bit over the tum . Not that I'm suggesting you should channel the Merkel look at the wedding @Bodgeitandscarper !
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Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #73 on: April 25, 2019, 09:19:32 AM »
*goes off to google Angela*

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mother of the Groom
« Reply #74 on: April 25, 2019, 09:24:24 AM »
Yes, Angela Merkel is a look to avoid!  But I see what you mean!

I'm trying to decide how long the frock will be (it's a bit of a trade off of shorter looks funkier but longer covers more of my horribly fat legs, and I mean FAT), then I may pin the jacket up to a much shorter length and see how that looks, and maybe take the side seams in too.