I desperately need lightweight jackets that I can wear from fall into winter, and I prefer to be able to dress them up or dress them down. I will defintely be able to do that with this jacket. Hancock Fabrics had the fabric labeled as ponte, but trust me, this is much lighter weight than a ponte knit and it has a very soft drape. It was my plan to wear this to church yesterday, but with the temperature still in the low 90's, I opted for a short-sleeve blouse (made by me) with the black skirt instead. So here I am
Here is the pattern description from the Simplicity Web site: "Simplicity misses' & plus size jacket has shaped armholes, side seam pockets and top stitching; skirt in two lengths has asymmetrical yoke and front cascade. Pullover knit top has 3/4 sleeves. Khaliah Ali pattern collection." I beg to differ with the shaped armholes. The pattern has dolman sleeves, which is why I chose it because the dolman sleeve seems to be a big trend this season. Okay, there is a seam that could give the armhole some shape - that is if the sleeve circumferance wasn't so dang large. No, I didn't make a muslin. Next time I will take in those sleeves a bit so the jacket is not so overwhelming.
I'm thinking if I belt the jacket, or add a couple inconspicuous hook & eye closures just below the bustline, it might accentuate the waistline a bit and draw attention away from the huge armholes. Maybe, I'm just not used to the dolman sleeve anymore. It has been out of style for a number of years now, but it is making a reappearance this year. So, with all that said and after seeing the above photo, I decided to restyle the way I wear the jacket.
Deep in thought, I contemplate other ways I might style this jacket. Belted over a black sheath dress might be another option. Hmmmmm, do I have a black sheath dress in my closet?