It was scary.
It was necessary.
It was a success.
I liked the whole premise of this jacket. But in reality, it was simply too big, too overpowering, too heavy, too ruffly.
Me likey. After it was initially finished and blocked, I whacked off a good two inches from each side. It still was too big and awkward on me. It got stuffed in my dresser drawer. When getting out my winter clothes, out it came again and was a mental thorn in my side. It took A LONG TIME to knit up and was frustrating that so much time/energy had been exerted for something I did not love.
After much thought, meditation, and plain old "what have I actually got to lose" convincing of myself...out came the scissors.
First to go was the ruffle around the neck and front. That was liberating (and the cats liked the pieces I tied into knots and threw on the floor as toys). Shockingly, just that first alteration made a huge difference in the fit. It began to hang better.
Next to go was a total of 4 inches off of each sleeve. I basted up about another inch off the sides to check fit and determined that it was fine without that final adjustment.
Completed the contrasting blanket stitch, added a silver hook closure, and finished off the side seams again with blanket stitch, and I am happy to report that it FITS and I LOVE IT!
And on that happy note for a successful FO Friday, it is time for lunch because it is also "Jimmy John's Friday." Yay, #6 with extra sprouts, here I come!
Don't forget to pop on by Tami's to see what everyone else has been up to.