In my continued quest to update my professional work wardrobe I purchased this McCall's Non-Stop Wardrobe pattern (number 5532). I was drawn to the jacket - the princess seaming, the shawl collar, the bishop sleeves, and the skinny self-fabric belt with bow trim.
This style is a bit out of the norm for me as I typically wear suit jackets unbuttoned with a tee or blouse underneath. However, the director of the department where I now work wears a lot of skirt suits like this and she always looks classy, polished and professional. I figured if it works for her it might work for me, so I gave it a try.
The chosen fabric was a black and white mini- houndstooth tropical weight wool originally purchased for the vintage swing jacket from Simplicity 4047. While the mini-houndstooth was really too small for that vintage look it worked great for this suit top. (I'm not sewing the matching belt until after I cut out the skirt as I want to make sure I have enough fabric.)
The best part? The silk charmeause lining! Thank you, thank you, thank you Shannon for writing your post about using Fabric Mart's $4.99 silks as linings. I doubt I would have thought of it otherwise and oh! having that silk hidden inside is such a luxurious feeling!
As for the pattern...well, it went together quite nicely. A few adjustments were made to the pattern pieces before I sewed the jacket - an FBA (of course), shortening the sleeves by one inch, and sway back adjustment.
I found myself adjusting the top *a lot* when I wore it to work which tells me I didn't have the fit right. I think the upper chest area ended up too large and could use some tweaking the next time around. All things considered, it was an easy jacket to construct and I think I'll do a bit of tweaking and sew myself another one.
By the way, did I mention how much I love the yummy silk charmeause lining?