This is McCalls 5936, which I made up in a black wool boucle. First impressions: SIGH. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it. I just don't love it. When I look at it, I only see all the things I'm dissatisfied with: the way the peplum won't lie flat, for instance. And also the way the peplum is much shorter and, well, protruding than it is on the model on the envelope photograph. Basically, I have peplum problems.
I mean, right? Doesn't her peplum look way different than mine?
Anyway, let's think positive for a minute. (But just a minute, and then we can go back to thinking negative.) The things I do like? The covered buttons, which I made using a Dritz kit. Oh, and THE LINING. I found a silk crepe with bright pink roses on it that just screamed Betsey Johnson to me.
Maybe I'll wear it inside out.
I made a small change to the pattern, which was narrowing the shoulders and making the sleeve cap higher to fit the new armhole. Even though I don't think I'm narrow-shouldered in the least, I always find McCall's patterns to be very wide-shouldered. But I think this is more of a personal fit preference than anything.
I thought Erica B.'s version of this jacket looked awesome. I just don't think it's for me. I wish the photograph had been more accurate with the peplum. And I wish there had been a better way to sew the peplum lining in so that it wouldn't interfere with the jacket peplum lying flat. Oh, if wishes were fishes . . . they'd solve all my peplum problems.