Added Dec 18, 2009
Ithaca, New York...
After seeing kaitui_kiwi and wzrdreams’ versions of the Hikaru, I knew I had to make this one for myself! I made a few alterations to the pattern for a better fit: I cut a 40 instead of a 44 and did a full bust alteration (which took me a bit to figure out, since it wasn’t immediately obvious which piece I should alter), and I took 3cm out of the body of the jacket and 4cm out of the sleeves (yep, I have really mini arms).
I had a bit of a difficult time with the lining…the front peplum lining piece didn’t seem to line up very well for me, but this is probably due to my lack of experience in putting in linings and not the pattern. I also must have sewed the shoulder pads in three times and they still look a little odd to me, but this might be because the pattern is still a bit too big for me in the shoulders even after the FBA (or because I’m not used to wearing shoulder pads with anything). Surprisingly shortening the metal zipper was not hard at all… I ripped off the extra teeth with a pair of pliers, slipped the stoppers back on, and mashed them closed with a hammer.
Overall, I’m really happy with the way this turned out. It’s a bit more fashion-y than stuff that I would usually wear and so I feel slightly goofy wearing it around in my decidedly un-fashionable upstate NY town (someone asked me the other day if I was going to ride a horse!). Maybe I’ll make another version at some point minus the buttons and epaulettes.
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