I went snoop shopping at an outlet, and found a jacket for $1,041 (marked down from $2,900, a steal, a bargain) from a famous designer label. I can't find a photo of it on the web to date it, so let's say it's from a few seasons ago. Yes entirely too small for me, but I thought cute.
Now when I say cute, I did not warm up to the print (which reminded me of my grandmother's curtains), but the fabric itself was soft and very snuggle worthy. I also liked the chunky lace, especially since I have so much lace in my stash, I'm always looking for ways to use it. Here's where the fun begins. Construction details.
There are exactly two darts at the back neck.
There may be some shaping hidden at the lace insert seams, but it's very slight.
The sleeves are two piece with an overarm seam. I really liked the sleeves.
The collar piece is finished with the overcast and lapped over the neckline. (Very interesting)
Seam allowances are finished with an overcast stitch as well as other raw edges around the insert area, but they didn't stop there, the center front edge as well as the sleeve edge, pocket edge & flap and collar have the same treatment.
There are self facings turned up at the hem.
Separate facings at the neck, center front, and sleeve.
Center front and collar are interfaced with what might be organza or a lightweight satin.
The front closing consists of 4 large snaps.
So I say dust off those sergers and get working on jacket.