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Flower Power


I said in my last post that my wardrobe was well stocked and that I was having difficulty thinking of things to make for myself – hence my foray into children’s clothes. I can now state categorically that this was a temporary blip and we’re back to normal – sewing-for-me. A recent ‘looking’ trip to a very expensive ladies shop gave me some ideas for things I absolutely had to have but wasn’t prepared to part with upwards of £300 for a jacket and £180 for trousers. So guess what?

Armed with the images in my head and an internet connection I went proper shopping. With patterns already in the house I knocked up the jacket and the jeans for well under £30.


Vogue Wardrobe 8887. I love these patterns where you get tonnes of garments in one envelope. I actually bought this one (always in the sale) purely for the halter neck top, which, of course, has yet to be made. The jacket is A from this collection.

V8887V8887 Interestingly the jacket is cut entirely on the bias, even the lining. I was very dubious about this to start with, always thinking that bias cut garments take up so much fabric and there’s always stupid corners left over that are no use to man or beast. Anyway, I cut as directed. My fabric is a stretch, light-weight printed denim. I wanted a short, summer weight jacket and liked the bracelet length sleeves and single button closure. Fabric is from My Fabric, where they also have lots of other variations and patterns in denim.


The pocket flaps in the pattern are simply that – flaps! Pointless things… so I added patch pockets to fit underneath them. I made no attempt to match up the pattern!


With every colour in the rainbow at my disposal, I added a green button from the button jar and sewed it on with pink thread. This jacket is sewn, not tailored in any way, but I did have to do a hand-bound button hole as the button was too big to fit in the button hole gadget, so please don’t look too closely. While I was at it, I sewed a small pink button on the reverse for extra strength.

I choose a bright pink cotton lining instead of poly satin, which makes me sweat – this, although a bit bulky, will help wick away the glow.


Paired with a plain navy RTW T-shirt and navy twill self drafted jeans, the flowery jacket lifts the uniform colour scheme completely. And of course, I’m not limited to navy with all this colour.
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Does the jacket look a little small?

Let’s say it’s fitted instead. The bias cut means that movement is easy and unrestrained and doesn’t feel tight at all.

I did make some fairly major design changes however. After trying on the jacket was very boxy and not-fitted so I lost my waist – not the look I was after. I took in the back centre seam a lot at waist height, thereby also completing a sway back adjustment; did the same at the side seams and added darts in the back panels too.

The pattern is fairly straightforward, with the most difficult area being the collar and lapels – just trim and snip well and press endlessly.


Navy twill cotton with a teeny bit of stretch (also from My Fabrcis) made from my self-drafted pattern from Craftsy’s Jean-ius Reverse engineered jeans course with Kenneth King. I think this might be pair number 5, so I got my money’s worth there.


Trust you are all making delicious things for yourselves too….


46 thoughts on “Flower Power

  1. The jacket would be very cool in a plaid or stripe for the next time. Being floral you lose the bias feature…bummer. Interesting that you still had to make the same pattern alterations in a bias cut version. Love the fact you added real pockets and the large almost square flaps look more modern. Also great that you can wear this floral combo with anything!

  2. I love the whole outfit! The floral blazer looks so great with the jeans I might have to copy you! I like the sleeves length and how cool the jacket looks, great lining too!

    • Agreed! The jacket is lovely and who’d think it isn’t ‘tailored?. Really suits you.

      I wear a similar outfit all the time (though not floral), but I find it a very flattering, confidence-boosting look, great for cooler summer days.

    • You just go right ahead and make your own Suzy – can’t wait to see it ’cause your linings are always a dream to look at.

  3. I think you can safely say, another triumph Ruth.

    Oh gosh, I realize I must be the slowest sewist on the planet!!!!

    I was thinking about the Kenneth D King course, and I bet many of us would love a review from you on it, if you think it may be of help to those of us, sitting on the shelf on this one……………..I guess its because I would personally like to use the technique for dresses etc. Would I and others learn enough from this course, to use it across other items, other than trousers/jeans??

    Would respect any review from you.


    • I was dubious about taking an online course at first Marysia but when I bought this one it was at a really discounted price and thought that I didn’t have that much too lose. It turned out to be brilliant. Mr King makes a pair of jeans in front of your eyes (I love watching other people sew) and every step of the pattern drafting is shown. I reckon you could use this method for other garments too, in fact Mr King used this originally for vintage 1920s dresses. There’s a small review here –

      BTW the jeans were made ages ago – I’m not a super speedy sewer.

      • Thanks for your reply Ruth. I think I will buy it when its on offer again.

        I have worked on Gertie’s bombshell dress ( that was the first Craftsy course I bought) as I had wanted to tackle steel boning for a long time. I learned such a lot from this and then went on to Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress, another great course. They both have very different styles, but I enjoyed learning new techniques from both of the ladies.

        Like you, its lovely to watch others sewing and it’s a great way of knowing if you are doing things correctly yourself.

        Thanks for the link I will take a look.

  4. Oh well done. Fabulous happy jacket!

  5. I don’t think the jacket looks small. I think it looks styled and fitted.

    ps: England was fantastic! We didn’t get to do much because I am still recovering from surgery. But it was indeed the trip of my life!

  6. Really nice 😉 looks lovely on you

  7. Love, love, love the fabric! The outfit looks fantastic, young, and stylish. Agree with Mrs. Mole. the pockets are a perfect addition. It just looks great!

  8. Ruth, Loved your comment: “…just trim and snip well and press endlessly.” Doesn’t that just say it all! Oh you look so pretty in this jacket; I think you made a perfect choice of fabric for the pattern. And it is so flattering — because of the little modifications you made. I learn so much from you; thanks so much!

  9. That looks like a jacket for me too!! Love the “trim fit” style. And floral denim. And the one-button styling and front pocket details of the pattern. Love it!

  10. Love the floral jacket and the changes you made to make it more you!

  11. I really prefer how this is shaped on you- it seemed so boxy in the model pic. Faux flaps? Really? Are we junkie fabric saving retail now?

  12. Very cool. I made the top of this pattern that you mention – it’s a winner. I like the idea of cutting this jacket on the bias, didn’t know this was the case and it has definitky gotten be more interested. I’d love to see your changes for the sway back too, as I’d have to do the same…

    • Thanks Eve. I must get round to making the top soon before summer ends. Sway back adjustment is just taking in the back seam at an acute angle at the waist area and tapering out again to the hem – press well! Sew your seam and then make a dart in it

  13. I also bought this pattern specifically for the halter, which I also have not made…..I was so surprised your jacket was from that same pattern. I LOVE your version — super flattering!

  14. lovely bright jacket ideal for brightening up a plain skirt, dress or trouser

  15. Great looking jacket. I did not pay much attention to this pattern as I found the plaid suit overwhelming. Now focusing on it, the pattern reallyy has some nice pieces to it.

  16. I would never thought to use printed denim for a jacket like that but it looks wonderful. It will make you feel summery well into the autumn. How do you find as a supplier? I keep looking at on-line fabric shops but can’t decide whether to shop or not.

    • myfabrics are great. I’ve never had a problem with them, unlike some other UK fabric stores who charge an arm and leg for delivery to Northern Ireland even though it is in UK! Fabric is delivered within 7 -10 days, often sooner. Check out their discount section, most of my purchases are from there. I recently bought pure wool coating for £4/m, discounted from £20 – my winter project! Start with a small purchase to test them out first.

  17. A beautiful jacket, Ruth! I love it! And I bet it makes you smile when you wear it.

  18. I love your jacket, the flowery fabric is beautiful. Definitely worth adding the pockets too, why did they design it with just the flaps??

  19. What a superb garment! I would not have looked twice at this pattern because of the colour of the fabric on the envelope!

  20. Very cool and very nice job. I think I overlooked that pattern because of the wild plaid and didn’t look at the details. I don’t like wrap skirts either. But this is a very nice jacket and I would never have thought about cutting it on the bias! I love the bright floral print too!

  21. Great looking jacket! You look fabulous in your on trend jacket.

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