After all these hours, I have finally gotten the outer layer for Vogue 8626 cut out, along with the facing/front of the lining which is supposed to be made of the outer fabric. When I started laying out the front pattern pieces, I was happy because I was certain I had enough to do the long version ... for the most part I did, except on that facing piece which is about 2 inches short. I'll be able to tell which pieces are the outer and which are the facing for sure: the facing had to be laid crossgrain and therefore the pinstripes are horizontal. I have enough scrap pieces to cut the missing 2 inches for the facing pieces and then use a joining stitch to attach them. Will this work? I'll find out ... probably tomorrow.
I've halted operations for tonight, because I somehow put my foot down wrong and my knee is now not feeling too happy about it. Meh, it happens. My knees are every bit as touchy as my back. Before that though ... I snapped a couple of pics to share.
her pattern reviews at PR where she mentions about four (?) standard alterations she does for dresses ... this is from memory so feel free to correct me, Margaret!
Now I mentioned taking out the center back deep pleat for the lining, and both Margaret and gloria mentioned I should measure to make sure this won't affect being able to move in the coat. So here's a pic of the lower back piece, with the deep CB pleat (plus a seam allowance) as well as the two side pleats below the shoulder blades:
Overall, I've had a decently productive day ... there's ham and potato soup in the crock pot on top of the fabric accomplishments!