This design started out as this top I purchased at the thrift store with the idea in mind to use it for the top of a jacket. I have tried before to make a jacket/coat using sweater and t-shirts for gores for the bottom of the jacket. I didn't think the end product was very flattering for me. Too full of a skirt. So this time I was going to try a different technique. Something I should add is that this top has hook and eyes down the center front as the top closure. A huge pain. I could of taken it out and put a zipper in, but I was too lazy. I will probably wish I had taken the time to do this though.
This top was a little too large so I started by first putting darts in the back of the top to help shape the top.
I pieced the bottom of the jacket using t-shirts from the thrift store in a gore shape. The first gore I designed was too full. Would of made the bottom way to full I thought so I kept cuting the shape of the bottom part of the gore so the bottom would not be so full.
I put four different color threads on my serger and used serged seams on the piecing on the right side of the fabric patchwork and then I did the serged seams on the back or wrong side of the bottom for piecing the side seams of the gores together. I liked the look of this. I also thought at this time I might of made the bottom of the gores a little too small. Perhaps just a not quite as much ease as it needed. I can fix that if I think that is going to be a problem.
This is what I ended up with. Ok but it needed something else. Some PUNCH !
For decorating the top of the jacket I again used t-shirts from the thrift store for the appliques. The nice thing about t-shirt knits is that they don't ravel. I free form cut the flowers and stitched them on with #5 pearl cotton and a sharp needle with a big eye for the heavier thread.
After I got the appliqued flowers done, I pinned the skirt back on the top and tired it on to see what I thought. Frankly, I liked the oufit both ways. One just as a top and the other as a jacket. I was torn. I sent the pictures out to several friends to let them vote which design they liked the best. I thought there would be a clear winner, but there wasn't. Actually I thought that the design with just the top would be the big winner, but it wasn't.