Not a jacket really, more like a sweater. This is the third sweater I ever started. I was neglecting seaming it up until Kelly nudged me to finish it already (she knows I need the prodding), and so I did, and subsequently had it confirmed to me that I indeed have a problem I have never faced before. Hold on.
It’s a known fact that many many women blossom at 40. A year ago this past June I found that to be true. I felt empowered. I felt liberated. I felt more like a woman. I was WOMAN!!
What I didn’t know is that some women blossom at 40….physically!! “The boys” must have had a committee meeting and decided to jump up a cup size. Ya I could probably stand to lose 5lbs, but the weight’s never benefited me there, ever! I don’t mind, and my hubby certainly doesn’t mind, but I DO mind when I make a size small sweater and it won’t close properly.
I remember many years ago I saw Loni Anderson (remember her?) being interviewed and she said that when the women in her family turned 40, they inevitably had to have a breast reduction. I don’t know why, but her words seared themselves into my brain. And here we are.
After fiddling around with the positioning of the buttons, which exaggerated the A-line and made me come close to reseaming and CUTTING the inside seams, I found a solution that worked. I placed the buttons a little further from the edge of where the double moss stitch and stockinette meet, put a very tight t-shirt on as a minimizer, and it helped, at least enough to satisfy me.
Pattern: DROPS Asymmetrical Jacket (worsted weight version)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2452
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Minor Modifications: Buttonholes spaced 6cm apart instead of 7cm, and used the one row reinforced method (3 stitches)