Nancy went off on a vacation and left me with the new Butterick 6106. So far you have only seen the sleeves and the short cap but how about the rest of it?
Let’s see what we are up against:
The back is normal with side panels, the right front is interesting with diagonal strips and a triangle or two that attach to the back side panel. But then we come to the left side…hmmm
What you don’t see in the photo on the envelope is a lump/tumor of sorts of fabric that pooches out from the body for some reason…OK designer’s choice. In the paper preview, the middle strip is already showing this protrusion. When we go to the muslin it gets even better/
worse. So far so good… Bring out the ruler and see where our grainlines will be…can you see the angle? The front of the jacket will certainly flare away from the body by 3 inches…OK designer choice. The fronts overlap and then….the left side problem emerges: Besides the tumor, the grainlines are wandering north and also flaring away from the body. Let’s see the fabric version.
Back and right side look the same as in the paper version…how about the fronts and left side? Do all the opposing grainlines make you nervous? Do all the drag lines worry you? Does the tumor pouch make you wonder WHY? Me too! Maybe you are thinking that I should have cut a smaller size but the bust and hips measure out well for a jacket to be worn over other clothing, it is just this weird shape that worries me. The designer Katherine Tilton has shown other versions of this in plaid and stripes.
Once Nancy returns she will be modeling this puppy and we will see what it looks like on a real body.
Before I go I thought you might like to see the tunic that was attached to the sleeves in the last post. This cool linen/cotton fabric was bought at Fabric of Vision in Ashland, Oregon years ago and waited/aged until I could figure out what it wanted to be.