MBM - Style Arc Harper Jacket
Two posts ago it was Simplicity 2603 in Pine Lime Splice Merino. This time its the Style Arc Harper Jacket in Orange Fanta ponti purchased from Tessuti last year.
Kristy has already noted the similarities between Simplicity 2603 and the Harper. The differences really are minimal - slightly different cut of the front piece, a centre back seam on the Harper, different ways of finishing the back collar seam. Simplicity is styled for knits with drape. The Harper is designed for ponti knit specifically, and Style Arc sends you two pairs of large hooks and eyes when you purchase this pattern so you can hook the jacket closed.
The Clothing Engineer has done an exhaustive review on the nitty gritty of this pattern here. It was an easy enough sew, but I agree with her that the Style Arc's direction to sew a french seam on the back collar makes no sense - why a french seam on a fabric like ponti, when the seam is going to be enclosed anyway? Beats me.
This is how the Harper looks with one hook and eye closed. Not too bad, will probably wear it like this from time to time.
This is how the jacket looks with both hooks and eyes employed. Not a fan of this look, it obliterates my waistline and makes me feel top heavy. Erk.
Given that I've loved Simplicity 2603 in the three incarnations I've made, I'm surprised that I am not completely positive about this make. I think it's the ponti - it doesn't drape like a merino knit, of course, and just doesn't feel right made into this sort of style. Also the orange is pushing the edge of acceptable brightness even for me I wore it to a function a couple of weeks ago teamed with my Mabel skirt, and felt a bit conspicuous, in the inevitable sea of grey and black. And the ponti isn't warm, so as a person who feels the cold (my friends in polar vortex lands can have a chortle now) I'll have to pick my days to wear this one - days that are cool but not cold.
Here's something you may not have known about ponti - did you know it is fish sauce resistant? I wore this jacket to dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant last Saturday, and the poor waitress dribbled a fair bit of fish sauce over my jacket arm as she was clearing the plates. Never fear, a few dabs with a napkin, and no one was any the wiser. Go forth and wear your ponti makes to Vietnamese restaurants with confidence!
So the Harper is feeling like a bit of a miss at this stage. I'll see how I can style it up in different ways, that might change the way I feel about it. It's in the "we'll see" bin.
This post brings to a conclusion the run of knit garments I've made. My next make is a Minoru. I've finally received my zipper from Zipperstop (Thanks again to Sharon, and others who pointed me in the right direction) so I have no excuse to procrastinate. I'm a little bit intimidated, because this will be the first lined jacket I've attempted. Wish me luck.