Thursday, May 19, 2011

Not another pink jacket!?

So there I was, having finished the reversible pink jacket, wondering what to do next. I got out my new Badgley Mischka pattern, thinking I would use it to make the raw silk fabric that I've had for ages, into a Chanel-like jacket.
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I even got new fabric, so I could make it the first time without using expensive or coveted fabric and not worry about having it turn out poorly. But the idea of the stand-up collar didn't sit well with the loose, scratchy silk fabric.

Then I found myself thinking ahead to the weekend, when we are attending a wedding. It's not like I have nothing to wear! I got out the linen dress and jacket I made last year and wore at the Pink Tea. I wasn't happy about how high the slit in the back went. At the time, I sewed it down so it wasn't so long. But I felt nervous about what might happen if I bent over - would my underwear show?
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So I jury-rigged a box pleat over the open slit.
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I cut a piece of fabric about 16 inches wide, so it would form a deep pleat in the back. I figured out how to attach it to the existing opening.
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And now my dress has a nice big pleat in the back!
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Something prompted me to pull out my well-used vest pattern and I dug out the little bit of left-over pale blue wool from the suit I had just made. I knew when I cut the suit out, that I had just enough fabric for a vest. It might be a bit 80s but I don't care - I really like a vest as it gives me a bit of extra coverage and warmth without being a whole jacket.
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And vest are such fun to make! Almost like baby clothes, because they are small and fast.
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I even made real, working welt pockets, just for fun. When I made the suit, I speculated about brass buttons but ended up with clear plastic which I still like. I got out a treasure trove of metal buttons I have to see if they might work on the vest. I don't think the gold works but the silver might. I only have one of the silver button that I do like (third from the left at the top - I used them on another wool vest I wear a lot), so I'll have to go shopping. DSCN2439 Making that vest reminded me that I had just enough orange wool to make another vest so I pulled out the wool, the raw silk, the lining I had bought for the silk, and some other pieces that might serve as vest lining. Another embarrassment of riches! DSCN2442 I got out the first and only jacket I have made with New Look 6619. DSCN2441 Tried it on and it fits nicely. So I made a command decision to cut out the silk and be done with it. I got the lining a couple of years ago at Darrell's, specifically with this silk in mind. It is substantial fabric in some man-made fabric (acetate or polyester, I can't remember), and funky fun with the print on it. As I was cutting, I realized it would work equally well with the orange wool for lining.
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Here is the original plan, with the silk and the printed lining.
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And here is the jacket body, on the judy. I have fused interfacing to the entire front and around the back neck edge. The fabric is a loose weave so it will benefit from this. I have already started to sew the lining pieces together. As Hannibal Smith used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together."

9 comments:

Terri said...

I love this jacket pattern. I think it would also look great with 3/4 sleeves like the New Look jacket has.

JuliaR said...

Thanks Terri. The brown and white houndstooth I already made has 3/4 sleeves. I really like the look of the 3/4 sleeve but I cut out these sleeves at full length so I would have more options. I can always shorten them later if I think it will look better that way. I am also wondering if I should put a simple patch pocket on the front of the jacket as a bit of detail. The fabric is actually very busy and has a sparkly gold thread in it, so I didn't want to get too fussy.

I got carried away with trim and details on the other jacket I made at http://juliasewing.blogspot.com/2008_03_01_archive.html and consequently, rarely wear it. although, now that I look at that photo of it without the buttons, maybe I should just change the buttons! Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.

gwensews said...

Love that houndstooth jacket!

JuliaR said...

Thanks Gwen! Almost finished this one now too!

Savannah Burton said...

I just found your blog and I'm obsessed! MAKE ME ONE!I'm serious :) check out my blog :) I followed you

Alan Bamber said...

Hello,
Excellent blog, if I may be so bold.

Just wondered, would you pen a small article to appear on my blog?

Regards
Alan

JuliaR said...

Hello, Alan, thanks for the compliment. Since you did not leave a link or other means of communicating with you, I can only wonder at your request. What kind of blog do you have and who are you?

Rosie said...

Beautiful pink fabric!

http://rosysky2011.blogspot.com/

Tamara said...

I have the exact same vest pattern in my stash of sewing patterns. I must have good taste like you.