I have been doing a little sewing, but this project is from a while ago. Remember this dress, from this pattern?
Well, I finally got around to making the jacket and taking some pictures of it.
The fabric is a lightweight suiting from Tessuti Fabrics, and it was just gorgeous to sew with. It does wrinkle a little though, but Michael assures me it looks as though that is the way it is meant to be.
I made quite a few changes:
- Firstly, I didn't put the middle 'faux welt pocket' between the two other pockets. I pinned it all on, but thought it just looked messy.
- I lined the little pockets in lining fabric. The instructions called for the edges to be turned under, but I have never been able to make nice rounded smooth edges doing that.
- I didn't make the sleeves the way they were meant to be made. They were meant to have D-rings that you pulled together, and a placket. I tried doing that and ruined the sleeves. I had to go and buy more fabric. Woops! So I measured around my arm just above my elbow and made a cuff that I gathered the fabric onto. I think it looks nice.
- I didn't put those weird looking ribbon ties on. I think it makes the jacket look too busy and convoluted. Plus, this is not a jacket that you 'do up'. It is one to be worn open a little frock or cute shirt.
A view from the back:
All in all, I like it. I don't like the top stitching, which I think looks messy, but I unpicked it once and did it again with relatively the same result. Ah well.
It is a great jacket to wear over little dresses. I wore it to my work meeting today over the Cynthia Rowley racer back dress and felt very 'covered'. I've also worn it with my linen pants and a white t-shirt and was told by a work colleague that I looked cool (not in temperature, but as in 'awesome' - which is funny, as I am not 'cool').
I think I'll make another one - maybe in a really brightly coloured linen. What do you think?