Here is a close view of some of the quilting design
I was quite pleased with the resultant petticoat. I was a little nervous that I might look like a walking bed. When one is generously proportioned, one must be careful not to resemble furniture!
I had some lovely fabric in my stash that I had picked up a while back in Portland. I do most of my fabric shopping there. We have nothing here locally but that store that starts with a J and there isn't much selection there. My family have learned to plan a day without me when we are in Portland so that I can fabric shop in peace. Some times my girls enjoy a fabric day, but even they don't have the longevity required for serious fabric shopping. Only my little Amy understands, she is as much a fabraholic as I. Amy is my oldest daughter's best friend, they have been together since grasshopper days. We sewed all together when they were younger and I taught her some, she went on to be a design major at Oregon State and I am very proud of her. Which is not to say I am not proud of my own two girls, I will brag endlessly about them I am sure in days to come. Sufficient unto the day, as they say, is the brag thereof.
Well, enough of this digression. In my stash I had a lovely Indienne print in yellows, rusts and such that would compliment the pale yellow nicely. I had recently purchased Period Impressions 1760-1770 Jacket patten and was dying to try it. I cut size 28 which put it in the 3X size range. I did find a flaw in the drafting of my pattern where the jacket front does not properly meet the jacket back at the neckline. This was easily corrected by adding a slight curve out and extending the shoulder area somewhat. I found this when I made my muslin, at first I thought you should ease the two together, however, they cannot do so and the neckline ends up wrong. The pattern needed to be corrected. If someone knows who makes these maybe you can let them know that the Queen pattern is not right. I could only find vendors who sell the patterns, not who designs them on line. I wish at the price you pay for these patterns they could be more careful. The jacket went together easily, however, you need to correct the bottom edge after assembly, the pieces do lay properly when they are trimmed to an even curve. I fastened the front with hooks and eyes, but wanted to add more for security's sake and interest. I find that busty gals seem to have hooks and eyes part ways easily in the wearing. If you have some tips for avoiding this problem, I'd love to hear them. I have tried several, reversing the direction every other hook and such, nothing seems to work unless you have an additional fastening. So I use the hooks and eyes now to take the main stress of closing and a light addition on top to help the hooks stay fastened, such as ties or lacing. I did a decorative cross lacing on the front of this jacket, using a jewelry bail for pendants, to lace through-
I have been pleased over all with the results from this pattern and would make the jacket again. They do have a couple of their other patterns in this size, I hope they will extend the range on more of their patterns. In a couple afternoons, I had a comfortable and pretty new outfit.
So what does a girl do with all the free time she ends up having by making things so easily? Why add a hat to the ensemble, ofcourse! I reworked a cheap hat from the dollar store to have a low crown and used the braid I took out to cover a wire in the brim so I could get a nice shape and put on some ribbon trim.
So go forth my children and quilt (kinda) yourself a petticoat in an afternoon!