Sunday, 5 August 2012

The Starlet Jacket: Beginning

Random picture from the local flower shop
Last week, I started working on the Starlet Jacket from Gertie's Craftsy online course as practice for the jackets I will be making in my patternmaking lessons in September. The biggest challenge I face at ESMOD is to follow the class in Japanese. Quite often I don't know the words or expressions to ask questions or to even have a decent conversation with the teacher. So when I saw this course on Craftsy, I immediately purchased it thinking that the information from the course would help me to tackle the jacket challenge in the classroom

The first problem occurred when I was cutting the pattern; it did not look right. Leaving the pattern on the floor, I rushed to check what others were saying about the pattern online. And indeed, at least two of them (K-line & SewWell) reported that some of the pattern pieces had been mismatched! Luckily, the scraps from the pattern were lying on the floor and I re-attached the pieces #2 & #15 and cut them again.

According to the sizing, I should be a 4. But what you see below is at least one size bigger. Gertie was overly generous with the sizing.

The next muslin I made in size 2 (sorry, no photo) - this time the jacket fits but needs some tweaking at the armscye. To be continued.


  1. I've heard strange things about that jacket pattern - I remember at least one person just using the techniques with a different jacket pattern, and having better luck! Which makes me wonder: Can you buy Big 4 patterns in Japan? If you ever want me to buy a stack of them on sale here and mail them over, I'd be very happy to trade for Japanese fabric! ;) (Man, I would LOVE to go bargain hunting on the discount floor of Tomato today! I miss Nippori!)

    1. So far, the muslin #2 looks alright. I am glad I checked on blogs first - spared myself few hours of useless work! Yes, Big 4 patterns ship to Japan but the shipping rate is high. Every time I go to the US, I order some of their patterns on sales. I am happy to send you some Japanese fabric without trading :) Or if you like, we can establish an unofficial Summer Swap (I was so busy this summer, I could not participate).

    2. Ooooh... If you are interested in doing a swap, I'd love to! With a generous time frame of course, because things always get busy... my email is gillian dot whitcombe at gmail. Gimme a shout we can mull it over! :)

  2. Look forward to seeing it in all its glory.

  3. Did you finish the bombshell dress and the couture dress already?

    1. I have not even started the bombshell dress. And the couture dress is my next project :) What about you?

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